Koivistoinen received the very first Georgie Award (1967) of the newly founded Finnish Jazz Federation. Since then, Koivistoinen has won several competitions for musicians and composers both abroad and in Finland. In the early 1970s, Koivistoinen studied at the Sibelius Academy and Berklee School of Music in Boston, USA.
Eero has been collaborating with many legendary music makers like Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry, Tom Harrell, Randy Brecker, Gil Evans, John Scofield, Ron McClure, and Jack DeJohnette, among others. Cover and tracklisting are as follows:
4. Times They Are a-Changing
7. Far North
Alexi Tuomarila studied first classical piano from an early age. Later, Alexi studied at the Royal Conservatory in Brussels, where he graduated in 1999. The same year, Alexi Tuomarila Quartet won the trophy for best band at Jazz Hoeilaart competition in Belgium. In 2001, Alexi got the 1st prize in Monaco jazz soloist competition, and his quartet won later Tremplin competition in Avignon, France. Alexi has been recently playing with Thomas Stanko, with whom he has been touring in Europe and USA.
Jori Huhtala graduated in 2013 as a bass player from the Jazz Department of Sibelius Academy. He is very talented and already an important musician in Finnish jazz circles. He performs with a numerous groups – for example, Kvalda, Big Blue, Raoul Björkenheim Ecstacy, Panu Savolainen Proprius, etc. Huhtala has been collaborating also with David Liebman, Tim Hagans, Billy Hart, Dick Oatts, Jukkis Uotila, and Tim Ries. Jori is also an active composer.
Drummer Jussi Lehtonen is a steady figure in the Finnish jazz scene – an energetic, swinging, and sensitive musician with a lot of experience in live performances with small and big bands, recording and education.
Eero Koivistoinen Quartet to release new SVART album