Hanging in there. We have played a few gigs this year, and a few have been cancelled. A dozen gigs were cancelled in the spring. We are living in odd corona-times.
This is your first performance at Jazz Happening with your own band, as the bandleader. What is your relationship with jazz? How has it inspired your life as a listener and a musician – or can they even be separated?
I have been digging jazz since I was 15 when I started practicing and listening to jazz more. I found talented and swinging musicians, who became my role models. The work is still incomplete. I don’t think I deserve the merit of being called a jazz musician, but my identity as a musician is strongly leaning towards jazz. Weather Report is a major favorite band of mine and Joe Zawinul inspires me as a composing musician – just to name one.
You recently said: ”I have this dream of learning to play well enough and writing a song that everyone would like”. Is this what a musician’s life still is – never being good enough?
Based on the songs of your new album Prognosis, the Jukka Gustavson of 2020 is still a deep-thinking questioner who wants to make the world a better place for all of us. What have you achieved with your music? Or is it essential, that you’ve at least tried?
Great question. The essential is that I have at least tried. The hope for a better world is fundamentally related to my religious beliefs. As for accomplishments, I would say that I’m happy about some successful things and that I have several horrendously talented people around me.
What’s going to happen?
A better world is coming soon. Are you ready?