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IASJ News 15 March 2023

IASJ News 15 March 2023

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IASJ Update # 3

15 March 2023

Finland Stories # 7: Helsinki 1,2,3

“Were you at the 2002 IASJ Jazz Meeting in Helsinki as well?”

This question might be asked many times this summer. If ‘yes’ you will hear great stories about the 2002 meeting, meticulously organized, bathing 24/24 in the warm midsummer sunlight.


However, the 2022 was not the first but the second time the IASJ flocked to the capital of Finland. A small cargo boat that had been made-over into a ‘cruise ship’ called Kristina Regina, docked for one night in the harbour of Helsinki in June 1996. Six days earlier, about 60 IASJ participants left Denmark, visited Kaliningrad, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia to play concerts for the local jazz communities. The Iron Curtain had just dropped four years earlier, but it felt as it was still there. Hardly anyone spoke English, the food was simple to put it politely, the vodka abundant. On the boat, to climb into your hut, you had to be an acrobat.


Before arriving in Helsinki, it rained, it was misty, it was cold. Once in Helsinki, the sun came out, the cappuccino was delicious, the people were well-fed and dressed, and the sound system finally worked. Becoming aware of the contrast between the former occupied Baltic States and free Finland, the free West, was a culture shock, and a lesson in modesty for me, for all participants.


The front cover of the 1996 program booklet shows a caricature of a jazz band going wild on the deck of the boat. Before Finland, the participants were quiet and intimidated. Sailing back from Finland to Denmark, the caricature became pretty realistic. Interested in seeing this caricature? Send me a mail.

Wouter Turkenburg

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

Formation of Combos

Students are selected and will form six combo consisting of a full rhythm section and a full melody section. These six combos will perform at the 'combo presentation' in the morning of the first day of the meeting. If needed, some switches will be made.



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


Interested in participating?

Teachers and staff of member schools are always welcome at IASJ Jazz Meetings. Please make your participation known to Host School Coordinator Jussi Kannaste.

mail to Jussi Kannaste

2021 and 2022 IASJ Jazz Meeting Videos‍

The playlist of the six combos performing at the Final Concerts of the 2021 IASJ Jazz Meeting in Munich, Germany:

2021 IASJ Munich on YouTube


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

Volume 1 is online and well visited. By the end of March 2023, around 300 downloads are expected. Beginning April, the authors receive a notification about how often their article is downloaded.


All articles can be downloaded and used in classes, in further research, in presentations and discussions. Please help to promote the research branch of the IASJ by disseminating the link to the IASJ Journal.


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:

2024 IASJ Jazz Meeting: Tel Aviv, Israel

2025 Call for proposals for hosting the IASJ Jazz Meeting


IASJ main website: IASJ Main Website

IASJ mail address:


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