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Jukka Tolonen


Jukka Tolonen - guitar Jukka Tolonen is not only Finland's national guitar hero but also one of the world's most respected guitarists. For the past 4 decades, he has captivated audiences through Scandinavia and Europe with his powerful and passionate works. He remains of the the most diverse guitarists of today, being equally proficient in a blues, rock, or fusion jazz environment. Born in Helsinki in 1952, Tolonen first came to center stage in 1969 when a group of young Finnish musicians merged their collective talents to form the widely popular rock/jazz fusion band Tasavallan Presidentti, who were to record four critically acclaimed albums


Article: Extended Analysis

Juhani Aaltonen: To Future Memories – The Music of Antti Hytti

Read "Juhani Aaltonen: To Future Memories – The Music of Antti Hytti" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Can anyone just decide, on a whim, to take up an instrument and simply become a working musician anymore? That's precisely what Juhani Aaltonen did as an eighteen year-old living in the town of Inkeroinen, in central Finland back in the early 1950s. Apart from a year of study at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, and ...


Article: Live Review

Piirpauke: Espoo, Finland, April 27, 2011

Read "Piirpauke: Espoo, Finland, April 27, 2011" reviewed by Anthony Shaw

PiirpaukeApril JazzEspoo FinlandApril 27, 2011 The first official evening of the annual spring festival in this distinctly first-rate suburb of Helsinki featured the principal imported star Bobby McFerrin and his VOCAbuLarieS show in the tented arena, while in the formal Tapiola Cultural Center, Piirpauke's much rougher concoction of global music ...


Cool Train - Tolonen Plays Coltrane!

Label: Prophone Records
Released: 2006
Track listing: Giant Steps; Lonnie's Lament; Impressions; Naima; Afro Blue; Lazy Bird; Moment's Notice; Resolution.


Article: Album Review

Jukka Tolonen: Cool Train - Tolonen Plays Coltrane!

Read "Cool Train - Tolonen Plays Coltrane!" reviewed by Mark Sabbatini

If Coltrane is an acquired taste for you, this album might be a palatable way to start. Cool Train sounds like what one expects from a rock/fusion player who's been performing for nearly four decades. Whether this spoon-feeding of well-known songs is a good thing is very much in the ears of the beholder. Hooks snag ...


Cool Train -Tolonen Plays Coltrane!

Label: Polydor
Released: 2005


Summer Games

Label: Polydor
Released: 2004


The Hook / Hysterica

Label: Polydor
Released: 1994


Tolonen! / Summer Games

Label: Polydor
Released: 1989


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