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The Art Ensemble of Chicago
Ghost Note
Jojo Meyer Nerve
David Murray Infinity Quartet
Ilmiliekki Quartet, Verneri Pohjola

Tampere Jazz Happening

In 1982 Tampere Jazz Happening was organized for the first time and ever since it has been a part of the spectrum of cultural events in Tampere every year. Since 1990 the festival has been produced by Tampere Music Festivals, which is a part of the Cultural Affairs of the City of Tampere. The Happening brings together the most interesting artists of modern jazz from Finland and from abroad.


Tullikamarin Pakkahuone & Klubi
Tullikamarin aukio 2
33100 Tampere

Tullikamarin aukio 3
33100 Tampere

The age limit for Tampere Jazz Happening venues is 18 years. Under 18-year-olds are admitted at Pakkahuone afternoon concerts, only with a parent or a guardian.

Arriving at the festival

Flight connections
Bus line 103 takes you from Tampere-Pirkkala Airport to Tampere. At the airport, there is also a taxi rank in front of Terminal 1 and a free phone for calling a taxi in case there are no taxis available. The trip to/from the centre costs approximately 50 euros, somewhat more at weekend and night.

When arriving in Helsinki-Vantaa airport, you can take a bus or train (change at Tikkurila train station) to Tampere. For more information, watch From Helsinki Airport to Tampere video by Visit Tampere.

Train timetables
VR (Finnish railway company). The distance from the bus station to the festival area is approximately one kilometer. The railway station (“rautatieasema”) is located right next to the venues.

Long-distance intercity coach timetables
Matkahuolto (final stop: bus station) and Onnibus (final stop: bus station).

Parking locations closest to the festival venues are P-Tullintori and P-Hämppi.

Local City Buses
Tampere Public Transport journey planner is found here. When arriving at Tullikamari and Telakka, the nearest tram stop is Tulli and the nearest bus stops are Itsenäisyydenkatu, Rautatieasema and Yliopistonkatu.

Arriving by bike
There are bicycle racks in the courtyard of the Tullikamari for those arriving by bike.


Good to Know



There are numerous hotels, hostels and apartment hotels operating in Tampere. Find the one that suits your accommodation needs from  Visit Tampere. Also check the special prices for Tampere Jazz Happening guests here.



Tullikamari (Pakkahuone and Klubi) venues are accessible for people using wheelchairs. Personal assistants are admitted to concerts with their employers free of charge. Accessible toilet provided. At Telakka, toilets are located on the 2nd floor, no lift.

More information about accessibility at Tullikamari.

Vapaaehtoiset työntekijät


Without a permission given by the festival, photographing or any kind of recording of the Tampere Jazz Happening concerts is forbidden. Please ask for the permission from the PR officer.

Harrassment contact person

If you notice or experience at our festival any kind of sexual, racist, homophobic, transphobic or other kind of harassment or other types of inappropriate behaviour, please contact the staff at the festival and/or our harassment contact person. The notifications and contacts are completely confidential. If the person reporting the behaviour so wishes, the matter will not be taken forward.

Harassment contact person:

Minnakaisa Kuivalainen
Tel. +358 50 4055225


Partners and Staff

We Wish to thank

Arts Promotion Centre in Finland
Finnish Broadcasting Company YLE
Visit Tampere
Jazz Finland
Restaurant Telakka
Backline Rental
Janne Anttila

TJH staff 2023

Karri Miettinen, Pakkahuone
Dj Bunuel, Pakkahuone
Jaani Leinonen, Telakka


Tero Raatikainen, transportations
Venla Törmä & Manooshak Issabeigloo, catering
Erkka Vesa
, backstage
Pauliina Perkkiö, artist guides
Jaana Kulo, customer service


Meelis Niin, F.O.H
Olavi Köykkä, Stage Monitors
Myyri Sysivesi, Stage Manager
Janne Tiikkainen, F.O.H
Petro Niiniluoto, Stage Manager


Kai Halme


Jukka Mäkelä 


Maarit Kytöharju, Riikka Vaahtera

International guests

Ahtola Grete | Estonian Embassy Helsinki, Estonia
Albinsson Mattias | Headstomp Productions, Sweden
Benigar Bogdan | Druga Godba Festival, Slovenia
Erm Anne | Jazzkaar Festival, Estonia
Friis Søren | Sundance Music/ Stunt Records/ Jazz Cup, Denmark
Giese Christoph | Jazzwise, Germany
Granlie Jan |, Norway
Hafskjold Thoresen Emilie | Oslo Jazz Festival, Norway
Kobrzinowski Jan | Jazzthetik, Germany
Michalke Reiner | Monheim Triennale, Germany
Mützelfeldt Karsten | Deutschlandfunk & WDR, Germany
Pantovic Danica | Jazz Journalists Association
Parmas Elo-Liis | Jazz Estonia, Estonia
Parts Madli-Liis | Estonian Ministry of Culture, Estonia
Schuster Tobias | Shoestring Jazz Booking, Germany
Sikk Tarmo | Jazzkaar Festival, Estonia
Španko Patrick | & Slovak Radio, Slovakia
Trumann Janning | Cologne Jazzweek
Vogel Alfred | Bezau Beatz & Boomslang Records, Austria
von Pretz Max | Südtirol Jazzfestival Alto Adige, Italy
Vossebein Kornelia | Stadtgarten Köln/ Initiative Kölner Jazz Haus e.V., Germany

Tampere Music Festivals

Tampere Music Festivals consists of Tampere BiennaleTampere Vocal Music Festival and Tampere Jazz Happening. Since 1990, Tampere Music Festivals has been responsible for organising these three festivals as part of the City of Tampere’s cultural services. The festival office is located in Tullikamari Culture Centre.