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“un” included in Lucid Culture’s “The Best Jazz Albums of 2013”!


What a way to close the year… “un” made Lucid Culture‘s The Best Jazz Albums of 2013 list!

“A still, spacious, slowly unwinding masterpiece from the Finnish oudist/guitarist and his quartet. Original night-sky themes and a classic Coltrane cover feature lithely intertwining levantine grooves, bittersweetly Egyptian-flavored motifs and Utar Artun’s eerily twinkling chromatic piano.”

Speechless. Thank you for the support!

Vote for “un” in New York radio WNYC’s “New Sounds Best of 2013” poll!


Dear Friends,

Just found out my album “un” is among the candidates for New York’s WNYC Radio‘s New Sounds Best Of 2013 listeners poll!

I have to say I’m more than honored to be on the same list as so many musicians I look up to…

If you have a moment, please cast your vote here (you have to click “Next” twice).

Thank you so much for all your support!





Live interview on WMPG FM tonight for Bob Cochran’s “Three-Piece Gabardine Saxophone” show



Tune in to WMPG FM (90.9 / 104.1 FM) tonight at 9 pm EST – I’ll be chatting with Bob Cochran on his “Three-Piece Gabardine Saxophone” show about un and this Friday’s concert for the Dimensions In Jazz series in Portland ME!

This Friday’s concert details here: JUSSI REIJONEN: UN @ Dimensions in Jazz, Woodfords Church



Live video shoot feat. Keita Ogawa (perc) at ShapeShifter Lab, Brooklyn NY Oct 30


 Dear Friends,

I’d like to invite you to our concert at ShapeShifter Lab in Brooklyn, NY this coming Wednesday, Oct 30th 2013 at 7 pm, where we will be also capturing the concert for a live video recording.Making the night even more meaningful for me is the fact that we will be joined by our good friend, percussion virtuoso Keita Ogawa (known for his work with Yo-Yo MaChris PotterTerri Lyne CarringtonDanilo PerezGretchen Parlato and many others) as special guest.

Event info on Facebook

If you can not make the show but know friends in New York who might be interested, please spread the word. Your support is invaluable!

Hoping to see you on Wednesday!



August 2013 Newsletter


Dear Friends,

I’m sitting in a café in Boston as I write this, reflecting on quite a whirlwind year. About the same time last summer, I was doing much the same – staring at a laptop screen in a café – and working on the zillions of details related to what would be the release of my debut album un and its subsequent release tours in Finland and on the US East Coast.

But “doing much the same” doesn’t begin to do the past 12 months any justice – so much has happened since then.

It has been quite an experience, to say the least. Not only has the album’s music gotten an overwhelmingly positive reception in the international press – a personal highlight being a glowing review in Guitar Player magazine, the same magazine I used to devour from cover to cover at the Rovaniemi public library in my teens, looking for more pieces to the eternal puzzle that is music – but, most importantly, the reactions of people who have come to our gigs has been something I never could have anticipated in my wildest fantasies. Getting to play for and connect with you all at our shows in Finland and in the US has been a true gift.

All this to say – for all your support, I am thankful beyond words.

As I write this, the band I are preparing to take to the stage again after a summer break; we’ll be doing two dates in Massachusetts in August (Acton Jazz Café in Acton on August 9th and Amazing Things Arts Center in Framingham on August 31st), so if you’re around, mark your calendars, come out and join us! I’m also honored (and somewhat bewildered) to be part of a workshop entitled The Art of the Oud together with Mehmet Ali Sanlikol from Turkey, Mal Barsamian from Armenia/US, and Nima Janmohammadi from Iran on August 11th in Boston.

As far as future plans with JUSSI REIJONEN: UN go, I’m sketching out another tour for the East Coast for October, so please stay tuned for more dates; latest updates will be on both my website and Facebook page.

Meanwhile, if you didn’t already get a copy, un is still available online; you can order your copy from the links on the right. As always, in these social media saturated times, each “Like” on Facebook goes a long way as well – I’m very grateful for each click, which, funny as it is, really helps us to spread the word and get to perform this music in more and more places, which, ultimately, is what this all is about for us.

Hope to see you at one of our fall shows!



P.S. For fans of another kind of world/jazz fusion, check out the amazing Sissy Castrogiovanni‘s new album Intra Lu Munnu, which I was honored to be part of and which was just released. Those of you who came to our shows at Acton Jazz Café and Ryles Jazz Club last spring will recognize Sissy as the guest vocalist we had onstage for “Kaiku”. As an all-in-the-family aside, both Bruno Råberg and Tareq Rantisi from my quartet also play on the album, so check it out!

“un” out now in the US and internationally

Dear Friends,

I’m very happy to announce that my debut album un is finally released in the US and internationally!

The album will be available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon soon… you name it; for now, if you want to support, you can purchase it on CDBaby (digital / physical):

Once again, the incredible musicians sharing the music with me on the album are:

Jussi Reijonen – fretless/fretted guitar, oud
Utar Artun – piano
Bruno Råberg – acoustic bass
Tareq Rantisi – percussion
Sergio Martínez – percussion

Eva Louhivuori – voice on Kaiku
Ali Amr – qanun on Bayatiful

A heartfelt thank you to all for the support thus far, please spread the word! More updates coming soon, stay tuned…



Esikoislevyni “un” kaupoissa Suomessa tänään!


Kirjoitan tätä kotoa Bostonista, josta olen lähdössä roudaamaan kvintettini keikalle Acton Jazz Caféhen illaksi. Ilmassa on juhlan tunnetta – tuntuu uskomattomalta että tähän on tultu, mutta esikoislevyni “un” on viimeinkin julkaistu tänään Suomessa!

Levyn saattaminen tähän asti on vienyt vuosia ja taas vuosia, mutta tuntuu, että odottaminen on kannattanut. Meillä hitailla kestää…

Levyn maanlaajuisen jakelun hoitaa Töölön Musiikkitukku, ja Helsingissä ainakin Digeliuksesta levyä on saatavilla. Hakekaa omanne pois!

Vaikka varsinaista Suomen levynjulkaisupäivää juhlistetaankin keikalla täällä veden toisella puolen, ei Suomea ole tarkoitus jättää paitsioon: levynjulkaisukiertue käynnistyy Jyväskylästä 4.2., käsittää 8 kaupunkia, 8 konserttia ja 5 klinikkaa, ja päättyy Kuopioon 15.2. Käykää ihmeessä ostamassa lippuja ennakkoon mikäli ette ole vielä niin tehneet:

JUSSI REIJONEN: UN -levynjulkaisukiertue 2013

Jussi Reijonen – nauhaton-/sähkökitara, oud
Utar Artun – piano
Bruno Råberg – kontrabasso
Tareq Rantisi – perkussiot
Sergio Martínez – perkussiot

4.2. Klinikka, Jyväskylän Ammattiopisto
4.2. Jyväskylä, Vakiopaine
5.2. Turku, Turun Seudun Musiikkiopiston Konserttisali
6.2. Tampere, Telakka
8.2. Klinikka, Joensuun Konservatorio
8.2.  Joensuu, Joensuun Konservatorion Konserttisali
10.2. Rovaniemi, Kulttuuritalo Korundi
11.2. Kajaani, Kouta-sali
13.2. Klinikka, Pop & Jazz Konservatorio, Helsinki
13.2. Helsinki, Juttutupa
14.2. Klinikka, Sibelius-Akatemia, Helsinki
15.2. Klinikka, Kuopion Konservatorio
15.2. Kuopio, OP Jazzklubi

Kaikkiin konsertteihin Kuopiota ja Joensuuta lukuunottamatta saamme erikoisvieraaksi rakkaan ystäväni, laulajatar Eva Louhivuoren.


Esimauksi kiertueesta saimme juuri valmiiksi tuoreen EPK-videon:

Nähdään keikoilla!


“un” Album Release Concert / Clinic Tour in Finland Feb 4-15 2013

Dear Friends,

It’s taken literally months of planning and juggling, so I’m thrilled to announce that to celebrate the release of un in Finland on Jan 25 2013, we’ll be doing an album release tour of concerts and clinics throughout the country from Feb 4 through 15 2013 with the quintet.

The performances will take us all around the country’s clubs and concert halls, and will be augmented with clinics at various conservatories. Joining us for the concerts will be very special guest and dear friend Eva Louhivuori, who appears on the album as well on the track “Kaiku”.

Album Release Tour Finland 2013

Jussi Reijonen – fretless/fretted guitars, oud
Utar Artun – piano, percussion
Bruno Råberg – acoustic bass
Tareq Rantisi – percussion
Sergio Martínez – percussion

with special guest
Eva Louhivuori

4 Feb 2013
Jussi Reijonen: un
Clinic @ Jyväskylän Ammattiopisto, Jyväskylä, FIN

4 Feb 2013
Jussi Reijonen: un feat. Eva Louhivuori
Vakiopaine, Jyväskylä, FIN

5 Feb 2013
Jussi Reijonen: un feat. Eva Louhivuori
Turun Seudun Musiikkiopiston Konserttisali, Turku, FIN

6 Feb 2013
Jussi Reijonen: un feat. Eva Louhivuori
Kulttuuritalo Telakka, Tampere, FIN

8 Feb 2013
Jussi Reijonen: un
Clinic @ Joensuun Konservatorio, Joensuu, FIN

8 Feb 2013
Jussi Reijonen: un
Jazzkerho -76, Joensuu, FIN

10 Feb 2013
Jussi Reijonen: un feat. Eva Louhivuori
Kulttuuritalo Korundi, Rovaniemi, FIN

11 Feb 2013
Jussi Reijonen: un feat. Eva Louhivuori
Kaukametsän Kouta-sali, Kajaani, FIN

13 Feb 2013
Jussi Reijonen: un
Clinic @ Pop & Jazz Konservatorio, Helsinki, FIN

13 Feb 2013
Jussi Reijonen: un feat. Eva Louhivuori
Juttutupa, Helsinki, FIN

15 Feb 2013
Jussi Reijonen: un
Clinic @ Kuopion Konservatorio, Kuopio, FIN

15 Feb 2013
Jussi Reijonen: un
OP Jazzklubi, Kuopio, FIN

I’ll be posting more specific information in the coming weeks on where to buy tickets and exact starting times and so forth; meanwhile, please mark your calendars and spread the word. I haven’t played in Finland since 2008 and in my hometown Rovaniemi since 1999, so on a personal level, it means so much to me to get to go back to play this music.

Official Finnish press release regarding the album and tour:


More US dates will be posted soon, so stay tuned.

On another note, please check out the first full track preview of un in the form of the album’s opening track, “Serpentine”:


Hope to see you at our shows!


Finland release date for “un” confirmed for 25 Jan 2013


So… here it is: the freshly finished – mixed, mastered and pressed – firstborn. Just holding the physical copy of un in my hands is nothing short of a bewildering experience for me – how in the world did I get from pretending to be Slash in front of the mirror to… this?

This is a record I’ve been formulating in my mind since at least 2006 (and one could say that in some form or another, for even longer), so you can imagine I’m as anxious as anyone to already have the album out. That being said, although the record is now officially done, it won’t be officially released until early next year. Timing – as I am learning – is crucial when it comes to album releases.

The album’s Finnish release date has now been confirmed to be 25 January 2013, and it will be distributed nationally through Töölön Musiikkitukku, who deal directly with every single record store in Finland, so wherever you are, you can order the album from your local record store. In Helsinki, at least the legendary Digelius Music will carry it, as will Eronen, so please don’t be shy about pestering them in advance already.

As a reminder, the US release of un will be month later, on 26 Feb 2013, and it will be available through CDBaby, iTunes, Amazon and directly through my website.

Regardless, the time between now and the release dates is nothing if not busy. We’re working to generate interest in the press and the public, booking shows, organizing promotional material, rehearsing, and we’ll be doing several preview shows during the fall to warm us up for the release. I’m hoping that we’ll be on the road in Finland in early February – still finalizing details so don’t hold me to that just yet- and continue to play shows on the East Coast in the US starting in March.

The official US release show will be at Boston’s famous Ryles Jazz Club in Cambridge, MA on March 13 2013, and will feature special guests, so be sure to mark your calendars for that.

The first full-track online preview of the album will come in the form of “Serpentine” in mid-November, with more previews – audio and video – to follow. Meanwhile, please spread the word, and enjoy the preview collage I put out not too long ago. For those of you who haven’t yet heard it, here it is again:

un (Album Preview) by JussiReijonen

For those of you in New York City, I’ll be heading down next week to play at the Somethin’ Jazz Club in Manhattan with Gabriela Martina on Wed Oct 10th. Swing by, we hit at 7 pm!

Stay tuned!