Hailing from the costal town of Pori, Sami Sippola was born in 1971. He commenced playing the alto saxophone in his early
teens both by jamming with local bands and by starting to learn the ropes at the Pori Conservatory. As the time of the
mandatory military service arrived in 1990, he enrolled at a military band – all the while also honing his chops with various
jazz and rock groups.
A move to Tampere in 1998 proved to be an important decision, as Sippola then became better acquainted with the city’s
vibrant music scene known both for the easy-going camaraderie and the DIY mentality, especially prevalent in the jazz sector
and personified in people like drummer Janne Tuomi, composer/multi-instrumentalist Kusti Vuorinen, saxophonist Masa
Orpana and bass player Ville Rauhala.
At the turn of the Millennium, Sippola had become as much a mainstay of the North Tavastia scene as the aforementioned,
and he was often heard performing alongside them