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ESA VIRKKULA

M U S I C I A N

I have performed with numerous bands and artists as a musician. It has been a privilege and a joy to meet such great talents and make music together. From all of those, I would like to mention some of the internationally most acclaimed ones:

Randy Brecker, Sinne Eeg, Tim Hagans, Miho Hazama, Nils Landgren, Ed Partyka, The Real Group, Bobby Shew,
Dr. Lonnie Smith, Victoria Tolstoy.

You will find some of my upcoming concerts and examples of selected previous performances from the last five years on this page.

Check some of my videos & recordings from the MEDIA -page.

YEAR 2024

 

Upcoming concerts & gigs

7th February

Oulu All Star Big Band & Niko Kumpuvaara:

Big Band Tango!

- Niko Kumpuvaara, bandoneon
- Vill
e Vannemaa, conductor

Culture House Valve, Oulu

14th April

Oulu All Star Big Band & Antti Koivula

plays Zappa - Sheik Yerbouti

- Antti Koivula, voc
- Vill
e Vannemaa, conductor

Culture House Valve, Oulu

12th June
Oulu All Star Big Band & Tuure Kilpeläinen

- Tuure Kilpeläinen, voc
- Jukka Eskola
, conductor

Hupisaari Summer Theatre, Oulu

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Selected previous concerts

Oulu All Star Big Band feat. Tim Hagans

- Tim Hagans USA, (trp & cond)
 

Oulu All Star Big Band & Ola Onabule

- Ola Onabule UK, (voc)
 

Oulu All Star Big Band & Zara McFarlane (UK)

- Zara McFarlane (voc)
- Jukka Eskola (cond)

Oulu All Star Big Band & Elastinen

- Elastinen (rap & voc)
- Jukka Eskola (cond)

Oulu All Star Big Band & Sinne Eg (voc)

Miho Hazama, conductor

Elojazz Festival, Oulu

Oulu All Star Big Band & Samuli Putro (voc)

Hupisaari theatre, Oulu

Oulu All Star Big Band & Ed Partyka

Ed Partyka, conducting & Trombone

Theatre Rio, Oulu

Oulu All Star Big Band & Jukka Eskola (trp)

Gil Evans 110 anniversary

Jussi Lampela, cond.

Theatre Rio, Oulu

Oulu All Star Big Band & Jarkko Ahola

Big Band Goes Heavy - Revisited
Check the video "Paranoid"

Oulu All Star Big Band & Kasmir (voc)

​Elojazz Festival, Oulu

​Satama Open Air Festival, Kemi

Check the video "Kaija"

Oulu All Star Big Band & Leroy Jones (USA)

Swinging New Orleans

Oulu All Star Big Band & Camille Bertault (FRA)

Camille Bertault (voc)

Teemu Takanen (cond)

Oulu All Star Big Band & Aili sings Ella

Aili Ikonen (voc)

Teemu Takanen (cond)

Oulu All Star Big Band & Oulu Sinfonia

"Ritmos Latinos"

Evelio Galan, Lariza Silverio (voc)

Jere Laukkanen (cond)

Oulu All Star Big Band "Tribuutti Juicelle"

Paleface, Vuokko Hovatta (vocs)

Oulu All Star Big Band & Gerard Presencer

Gerard Precencer UK (trp)

Oulu All Star Big Band & Seppo Kantonen (pno & cond.)

"Old Wine - New Bottles"

Oulu All Star Big Band & Jaakko Kuusisto (vl)

Concerto for Big Band & Violin

Kirmo Lintinen (cond.)

Oulu All Star Big Band & Peter Asplund (trp)

National Horn Players Conference

​Oulu All Star Big Band & Tuomo Prättälä (voc, keys)

Mikko Hassinen - Conductor

Oulu All Star Big Band - Jazz Noir

Jukka Perko - sax

Jukka Eskola - trp

Jussi Lampela - Conductor

Oulu All Star Big Band

P. Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker Suite (arr. Ellington)

Jouni Järvelä - Conductor

Oulu All Star Big Band feat. 

Kauko Röyhkä & Severi Pyysalo

OASBB & Rajaton 20 years

Oulu All Star Big Band

Rajaton - Vocal Ensemble

Jaakko Kuusisto - cond.

A Tribute to Michael Brecker

OASBB feat. Manuel Dunkel (sax)

Oulu All Star Big Band

OASBB feat. Paula Koivuniemi (voc)

Kuuskan paluu -festival

Oulu All Star Big Band

Antti Rissanen-cond

OASBB feat. Maria Ylipää (voc) & Jukka Eskola (trp)
Ikivihreä Suomi
Oulu All Star Big Band

Vellu Halkosalmi-cond

Gil Evans, Miles Davis & Thelonious Monk
Oulu All Star Big Band

Jussi Kannaste - sax
Ville Vannemaa - cond.

Oulu All Star Big Band & Touche Vocal Group (DK)

Jesper Holm (cond.)

Dr Lonnie Smith (org)
Oulu All Star Big Band

 

Nils Landgren (trb.)

Oulu All Star Big Band

Oulu All Star Big Band & The Real Group (swe)

The Real Group vocal ensemble w/ OASBB


70's Revisited

feat. Olli Ahvenlahti (pno), Eero Koivistoinen (sax)

Oulu All Star Big Band
New CD-release concerts

 

Flamenco Nuevo

Oulu All Star Big Band

feat. Joonas Widenius, gtr

 

All That Jazz
Oulu All Star Big Band

feat. Bobby Shew, trp

 

Linkola meets Norby
Oulu All Star Big Band

feat. Cæcilie Norby, Lars Danielsson, Iiro Rantala,

Jarmo Saari

Jaakko Kuusisto, cond. 

In the Spirit of Count Basie

Oulu All Star Big Band

feat. Lenni-Kalle Taipale, pno

 

Burning Bebop

Oulu All Star Big Band

Mikko Innanen, sax & Tero Saarti, trp

Punk that Jazz

Oulu All Star Big Band

feat. Pelle Miljoona, voc

Some Skunk Funk

Oulu All Star Big Band

feat. Randy Brecker, trp & Joonatan Rautio, sax

Tribute to Burt Bacharach

Oulu All Star Big Band & Oulu Sinfonia
Koop Arponen & Inga Söder, voc

Groovehunters plays Headhunters
tribute to Herbie Hancock

feat. Jukkis Uotila, keyb.

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