Finland’s best big band UMO Jazz Orchestra celebrates this year its 40th anniversary, with a fine history of the band. Congratulations!
UMO had its first concert in July 1975 in Pori Jazz Festival. One year later July 18, 1976 I took these pictures in the same jazz event.
(Click any image to open the gallery.)
The band leader in 1976 was Esko Linnavalli (right). Eero Koivistoinen played tenor sax. Maija Hapuoja is sorting her song scores. At the back Mircea Stan (tb).
Otto Berger (g), Kaj Backlund (tp) and Tom Bildo (tb)
Markku Johansson as trumpet soloist.
Dexter Gordon was a surprise soloist during this gig.
During the same year I also bought UMO’s second LP “A Good Time Was Had By All”. It’s still one of my favorite big band recordings – and luckily in good condition. The back of the album jacket tells who were the band members at that time.
To give you a taste of UMO’s music 39 years ago, here is one track, “Eclipse” from that album (and you can see the front of the jacket as well). Enjoy!
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