IASJ News Update 15 February 2023

IASJ News Update 15 February 2023

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IASJ News Update # 2


15 February 2023


Ed Partyka in Helsinki in June 2020, Finland

Finland Stories # 5: There is no bad weather in Finland, but...

I’ve been visiting Finland regularly since 2020 in my role as artistic director of the UMO Helsinki Jazz Orchestra. One of the things I’ve learned to appreciate about the Finns is their relationship to weather. Because the weather is extreme and often highly unpredictable, at least for a foreigner. The Finns have mastered the art of always being prepared for the worst, while tackling every extreme weather situation with wry humour and dogged determination.

In the Summer of 2021, my wife came to visit Helsinki for the first time. I had been telling her for over a year about the beauty of the city, the wonderful biking and walking paths along the shoreline, the Island of Suomenliina and the Allas Sea Pool. I rented bicycles and told her to bring her bathing suit for what was certain to be a great summer holiday.

Well, mother nature had other ideas. Since then, I have experienced everything from snow in May to sunny bike rides in November, and temperatures from -20 C to 38 C. I’ve learned to enjoy these extremes and always be prepared.

So, my advice for all participants of the 2023 IASJ Jazz Meeting is to definitely pack your sunglasses and bathing suits, but don’t forget to bring your raincoat and a sturdy umbrella.


A famous saying in Finland: “There is no such things as bad weather, only bad clothing”.

I look forward to seeing you all in Helsinki in June!

Ed Partyka
IASJ Board Member
more info on Ed Partyka


Do you have a Finland?

Contact: Wouter Turkenburg  

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


In this letter on the home page of the 2023 IASJ Jazz Meeting host school coordinator Jussi Kannaste explains many details about the meeting:

Dear IASJ Family

(scroll to the middle of the page)



You can find the list of participating schools here:

List of participants


Hotel and Hostel reservation codes:

Please make your reservations before the discounts expire:

2023 IASJ Helsinki Accommodations


Selected Students:

Did you fill out the proposed participants form?

You should have received a reply with the students selected. If not, please contact the IASJ Service Bureau right away.


Did you not yet fill out the proposed participants form?

You can still do so, but check on the form which places are available.

Proposed Participants Form

2022 IASJ Jazz Meeting Videos‍

The playlist of the six combos performing at the Final Concerts of the 2022 IASJ Jazz Meeting in New York, USA:

2022 IASJ New York on YouTube

1st IASJ Journal of Applied Jazz Research

The first issue is now online. Have a look and let us know what you think.


The three main reasons why the IASJ Journal is special:

- applied jazz research

- dynamic review policy

- free download of the articles.


All articles can be downloaded and used in classes, in further research, in presentations.


Here is the link to the IASJ Journal:

Link to the IASJ Journal of Applied Jazz Research

Scroll to the bottom of the front page to see where, when and how many articles of the IASJ Journal are downloaded.


Questions, remarks, additions, contributions?


Future IASJ activities:

2023 IASJ Jazz Meeting, Helsinki, Finland: www.2023iasjhelsinki.com

2024 IASJ Jazz Meeting: Tel Aviv, Israel


IASJ main website: IASJ Main Website

IASJ mail address: info@iasj.com


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