IASJ News Update 15 October 2022

IASJ News Update 15 October 2022

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IASJ News Update #8


15 October 2022

The Sibelius Academy, Helsinki, Finland

Finland Stories # 2: Famous in Finland before arriving

On my first trip to Finland in the 1960s, I missed my direct boat but managed to make it to Stockholm, Sweden. The boat from Stockholm to Helsinki would bring me one day later than expected to the Finish family of my friend Ilari Niku-Paavoo. A small delay, in my opinion, but I was wrong.
‘Urgent! Mr. Turkenburg, make yourself known!’ I was directed to the bridge of the boat and had to sit opposite the captain, a real one with a big hat and a lot of stripes on his sleeves. ‘Interpol, the European police, is looking for you, all over Sweden and Finland. The Finish family has reported you as lost’. I told him my story about having missed the first direct boat and trying to make to Finland via Sweden. The captain shook his head, smiled and made a few phone calls. ‘In Helsinki not the police will pick you up but your Finish family. Did you have breakfast?’. During breakfast, I told the Finnish captain that my grandfather had been a captain as well. He invited me to take over the stirring wheel of the Finnish boat for just a few minutes. Everybody in Finland last night had heard my name over the radio! And now I was sailing my own boat to Helsinki.

Do you have Finland Stories that you would like to share?
Any tips, ideas, or suggestions for the 2023 IASJ Jazz Meeting, Helsinki, Finland?
Would you like to present a lecture for all participants?
Do you have a topic for the Ongoing Dialogues?
A special combo for the student participants you would like to conduct?
Please contact: Wouter Turkenburg  

2023 IASJ Jazz Meeting, Helsinki, Finland: 26 June - 1 July


On the website of the meeting, you can find all basic information about whom, when and where:


The direct link in order to propose participants:

Proposed Participants Form

IASJ Survey - make your voice heard

For over 30 years, the IASJ Jazz Meeting has been successfully organized in more or less the same way. During these decades, the jazz ecosystem has drastically changed. It is time to look at what should be continued and what needs to be changed. Rethinking is needed, not only of the organization of the meetings, but also the way the IASJ as an organization is set up.

Rethinking the IASJ is organized bottom-up. You, as IASJ member, are the first to speak. All input will be evaluated by the IASJ Board before any action takes place. Please give the IASJ Board your input by filling out the online survey that is set up in such a way that senders cannot be recognized. The survey can be found on:

IASJ Survey

1st IASJ Journal of Applied Jazz Research

– to be published in November 2022

An interesting thought, a strong opinion, a unique experience, a research paper, something the world of jazz should be aware of?


Richie Beirach is the guest contributor in the first issue. So far two (ex)master students have contributed, articles are submitted, research is presented.


Do you want to be part of this historical publication? Send in your contribution.

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Future IASJ activities:


2022 IASJ Research Journal: November 2022

2024 IASJ Jazz Meeting: Tel Aviv, Israel


IASJ main website: IASJ Main Website

IASJ mail address: info@iasj.com


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