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UMO in a nutshell

  • UMO Jazz Orchestra is the only professional orchestra in Finland specialized in jazz and new rhythm-oriented music. It is a Helsinki-based professional big band employing top musicians.
  • The big band of 16 musicians plays about 100 concerts every year in Finland and abroad.
  • The orchestra plays a diverse range of modern music that is on the pulse of the times. The programme consists from jazz to soul and classical music, mixing old and new in surprising way, from children to senior citizens. By commissioning and presenting as much new material as possible, UMO encourages and supports Finnish jazz production.
  • Musicians in UMO Jazz Orchestra are some of the best jazz musicians in Finland. There are over 100 musicians, composers, directors and artists working with UMO Jazz Orchestra every year. The band also acts as a hands-on educational establishment for Finnish musicians in the fields of jazz and popular music.
  • UMO was founded in 1975 and celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2015.
  • In the past decades, UMO has featured with dozens of artist from Dizzy Gillespie to Natalie Cole, Manhattan Transfer and Gregory Porter. Orchestra’s history (in Finnish, sorry!) is seen
  • UMO is highly appreciated and one of the world’s leading big bands.
  • UMO has recorded over 50 albums and there are more than 3000 compositions in our library.
  • The orchestra is administered by the UMO Foundation, which is owned but the city of Helsinki. It is funded by the Ministry of education and culture as well as the city of Helsinki.
  • UMO is a member of Association of Finnish Symphony Orchestras, Finnish Jazz Federation, European Music Circle and European Jazz Network.

Yearly reports

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Promotion photos and logos

Please credit the photographer!

UMO Jazz Orchestra in May 2016
Photo by Lassi Kaaria
Emma Salokoski
Photo by Viivi Huuska
Emma Salokoski & UMO: Living Christmas
Photo by Viivi Huuska (feel free to crop!)
UMO & Aili Ikonen: Blue Notes on Silver Screen - jazz in cinema
Photo by Tero Ahonen
Kauan eläköön UMO! - Long Live UMO!
Guillermo Klein
Photo by unknown
Photo by Petra Semerdjiev
Marta Ren
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Sam Huber
Photo by Stefan Bremer
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Single-breasted UMO-logo is used in Finnish contexts and double-breasted UMO Jazz Orchestra logo version in English contexts.