Jussi Reijonen: un @ Regattabar, Boston MA tickets now on sale!


Dear Friends,

I’m taking a break from sketching some new cello arrangements to write this, sipping a chai latte at home as Boston is getting ready for another round of snow to hit the city. I have to say, though, that the correlation between “snow fall” and “snow storm” has seemed a little interesting sometimes around here – from a northern Finnish, more Arctic perspective, that is…

Anyhow, first, I would like to send a huge Thank You to all who voted for “un” in WNYC’s New Sounds Best of Poll – we made it to #6 in the results! I was floored by the amount of support the album received. To top everything off, the album turned up in Lucid Culture’s Best Jazz Albums of 2013 list as well as in KMUW Global Village’s Best of 2013… to say I was surprised is a major understatement.

So… Thank You again!

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“un” made #6 in WNYC’s “New Sounds Best of 2013” poll – huge thanks to everyone who voted!

Dear Friends,

I realize this is the umpteenth post of this nature lately (I apologize), but I’m quite taken aback by “un” showing up in so many Best of 2013 polls. I never could’ve imagined anything like this.


Kiitos to everyone who voted “un” to #6 in WNYC Radio‘s “New Sounds Best of 2013” poll!!!

I’m humbled to be on the same list as Bill Frisell, Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road ensemble, Vijay Iyer and Nashaz and so many other amazing musicians… kiitos, kiitos, kiitos to all of you who voted and supported independent music!


“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 Dave Wade’s “Juke, Jive & Jazz” show on WMPG FM

Attention Maine!

I’ll be chatting to DJ Dave Wade on his “Juke, Jive & Jazz” show on WMPG FM (90.9 / 104.1 FM) this afternoon (Dec 11 2013) at 2 pm EST. Tune in and hang out with us:


Hoping to see you at Woodfords Church at our Dimensions In Jazz series Portland, ME debut concert this Friday!

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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!