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Uotila, Jukkis

Uotila, Jukkis, drummer, composer, educator, pianist; b. Helsinki, Finland, 23 August 1960. His father is Esko Uotila b.1934 and his mother is Anja b.1934.

He matriculated (Finnish gymnasium) in 1979 and attended the Oulunkya Pop/Jazz Institute 1972-78. His principal teachers: are Matti Koskiala, Kauko Saari-drums, Kaj Backlund-arranging and composing, big band, and Paul Fagerlund-ensemble, piano. He did private studies in NYC 1979 with a.o. Louis Hayes, Bob Moses, Jeff Brillinger-drums, and Dave Samuels, Armen Donelian-composing.

He's been a leader of his own small groups that have included such sidemen as Randy Brecker, Bob Mintzer, Mike Stern, Bob Berg, Wayne Krantz, Anders Jormin, Jim Beard, Jerry Bergonzi, Joey Calderazzo, Lars Danielsson and others. He's done free-lance work with Toots Thielemans, Randy Brecker/Eliane Elias, Mike Stern, Joe Henderson, McCoy Tyner, Benny Goodman, Chet Baker, Freddie Hubbard, Joe Lovano, Jack McDuff, Gil Evans, Maria Schneider and John Scofield.

His big band playing experience includes a long association (1986-93) with the UMO orchestra of Finland that Jukkis also often conducted, a membership in the Stockholm Jazz Orchestra since 1991 and numerous visits with other fine orchestras such as the WDR big band, Norrbotten big band, the NDR big band, the SWR big band, Toshiko Akiyoshi/Lew Tabackin big band, Frank Foster, Dave Lalama, the Bohuslan big band and the Swedish Radio jazz group. As a member of the UMO Orchestra as a drummer and as assistant conductor during 1988-91, he conducted over 20 projects during those years and worked with guest artists, including; Bob Mintzer, Dave Liebman, Jim McNeely, Michael Gibbs, Jon Hendricks, Peter Herboltzheimer, Gil Evans, George Gruntz, Herb Pomeroy, George Russell, Anthony Braxton, Martial Solal, Slide Hampton, Palle Mikkelborg, McCoy Tyner, Bob Brookmeyer, Benny Golson, Buddy DeFranco, Flip Phillips, Jimmy Heath, Randy Brecker, Jens Winther, Tomas Franck, Sam Rivers, Kenny Wheeler, Maria Schneider, Kenny Werner, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Freddie Hubbard, Joe Williams, and many others.

He's done work in Europe in small groups with Tim Hagans, Caecilie Norby, Bob Rockwell, Tommy Smith, Thomas Clausen, Doug Raney, Bireli Lagrene, Tomas Franck, Kenny Wheeler, the Doky Brothers, etc. He's worked as a sideman on numerous recordings with Bob Rockwell, Chet Baker, Doug Raney, Joe Bonner, the Stockholm Jazz Orchestra, Toots Thielemans, Ulf AdAker, Ulf Wakenius and the Norrbotten big band to name a few.

He has recently been associated with Toots Thielemans 1995-present (w/Kenny Werner, Ray Drummond,Yasuhito Mori, etc), Stockholm Jazz Orchestra 1990-present (w/Fredrik Noren and numerous guests), Norrbotten Big Band 1993-present (w/Tim Hagans and various guests) and The NDR Big Band 1998-present (w/numerous guests).

In 1986 Jukkis was appointed the head of the Jazz department at the Sibelius-Academy in Finland. In 1994 he became the first Professor of Jazz music in all of Scandinavia. He's taught private students since 1984. In the Sibelius-Academy, Helsinki, Finland, he's been a teacher since 1984, founder of new curriculum 1986, the head of the Jazz department 1986-94, Associate Professor 1994-98, and Professor since 1998.

He's been a Clinician/Endorser of Pearl Drums since 1982. He's done numerous clinics throughout Finland, Sweden, Denmark. He's done clinics for Pearl drums, Paiste Cymbals, and Vic Firth Sticks as well as his informative clinics on improvisation for all instrumentalists. Using both piano and drums, Jukkis covers a wide spectrum of subjects essential for today's jazz musician.

His wife is Laura Uotila b.1959 (married 1984). His children are Siri (b.1987) and Suvi (b.1992).

Introspection (Randy Brecker, Bob Mintzer, Dave Liebman, Bill Frisell) (1984); Avenida (with Randy Brecker, Bob Mintzer, Mike Stern, John Scofield) (1987); Jukkis Uotila Band Live (1990); Jukkis Uotila Quartet feat.Jerry Bergonzi: Fast Company (1998); Hunters and Gatherers (with Dave Liebman) (2000)
As sideperson:
Jukka Linkola Octet: Protofunk (1979); Teuvo Siikasaari: Perhe on Pahin (1980); Pori Big Band & Monica Aspelund (1980); Tapiola Big Band: Old and New (1980);
Vladimir Shafranov Trio: Live at Groovy (1981); Jarmo Savolainen (1984); Jari Perkimki Quartet (1985); Halleyn Planeetta (1985); UMO Plays the Music of Koivistoinen and Linkola (1985);
Ami Aspelund: Fenor och Vingar (1986); Eija Ahvo: Pala pala Maailma (1986); Jarmo Savolainen Quartet: Blue Dreams (1986); Taina: Scene from a Trance (1987);
Ilkka Rantamki: Cat House (1989); Irina Milan: Pahan Kukkia (1990); Henrik Otto Donner & UMO: Dalens Ande (1991); UMO: Helsingin Laulu (1991);
Antti Sarpila & UMO: Tribute to Benny Goodman (1991); UMO: The First Seven (1992); Juhani Aaltonen: Deja Vul (2000); Bob Rockwell Quartet: No Rush;
Chet Baker: When Sunny gets Blue; Bjarne RoupeY: Passion Play; Joe Bonner Quartet: The Lost Melody; Heikki Sarmanto/Robert Shure: Man with a sax; Bob Rockwell Quartet: On the Natch;
The Doug Raney Quintet; Jorgen Emborg: Keyword; Viggo Steincke Bertelsen: Colours of Blue; Lennart Ginman / Kirk Lightsey: 1991; David Murray & The Jazzbaltica Ensemble;
Sven Berggren: Patchwork; Ulf AdAker: Cafe Internacional; Johan Hrlen: Dance of Resistance; Bob Mintzer & Stockholm Jazz Orchestra: Live at Fasching; Gunnar Svensson: Heads, Fingers & Feet; Ulf Wakenius: Dig In; Jens Winther & The SWR Big Band Live; Jim McNeely & Stockholm Jazz Orchestra: Sound Bites; Various: Live at Jazzclub Fasching;
Gsta Rundqvist Trio feat.Toots Thielemans: Bernhard's Boat; Tim Hagans & Norrbotten Big Band: Future North; Ulf AdAker: Something Juiceful;
Jeanette Lindstrm & Norrbotten Big Band: Sinatra/Weil; Stockholm Jazz Orchestra: Tango; Toots Thielemans: The Live Takes,vol.1; Stockholm Jazz Orchestra & Gran Strandberg: Lakes;
Toots Thielemans: Hard to say Goodbye - The very best of Toots Thielemans; Vladimir Shafranov Trio: Portrait in Music, Movin Vova
Television broadcasts:
UMO Orchestra during 1988-91 conducting two TV-shows.

Compositions / Arrangements:
Compositions recorded by YLE, the Finnish National Broadcasting Company: Loose, Lonely eyes, Do Your Time, Wooden Fantasy, Sussi, Human Beans (Jukkis Uotila Quintet 1980),
Take the Steak, My Old Lady (UMO Orchestra, Big Band Arrangements 1981), Rigor Mortis, Thin Ice, Ten-Don, E.T., Princess, Tears, Mish-Mash (Jukkis Uotila Quartet 1982), Playground,
Far Apart (Dave Samuels Trio 1982), Universal Faith, Baroque, Happy Face (Jukkis Uotila Quartet 1983), One, Sense of Home, Dark Circle, Metaphoris, Shuffle, Spinal Cord, The Strut, Dr.Overdose, Joseph, Dedications (Jukkis Uotila Band 1984), Appointment/Dr. Overdose (UMO Orchestra, Big Band Arrangement 1991), Another Diva, May Wind, Appointment, Salsa Picante, Wayne, Siri (Jukkis Uotila Band 1991 Release: Lumen Valo /YLE), Last Call, So They Say, I Wish (Jukkis Uotila Band 1992), Tranquility, Implication, A Mile High, Seven-Twelve, The Real Thang,
Another Head (Jukkis Uotila Piano Project 1992), Family Affairs (UMO Orchestra, Big Band Arr./ EBU concert 1995), Loopy Loop, Suviis Song, Shells, Fast Company, Dr.Clinic,
Meninas (Jukkis Uotila Piano Project II 1995).
Commissioned compositions for YLE: The Outlaw (Finnish/Chech JazzWorkshop 1984), Hit and Run  (Finnish/Austrian JazzWorkshop 1989)
Commissioned by the Fajabefa Organisation, Denmark: Another Diva (Big Band Arr.1993), Family Affairs (Big Band Arr.1993)
Commissioned by Groove FM Radio station: Groove FM Jingles 1999/2001
Commercially recorded compositions: Moons Ago, Tears, Children of the New World, Quiet Authority, Happy Face, Rigor Mortis, Pablo on the Beach (Jukkis Uotila:Introspection 1984),
-Cartolina (Jari Perkimki Quartet 1985), The Individualist, Sense of Home, Dr.Overdose, Avenida, Out in Left field, Dedications (Jukkis Uotila: Avenida 1988),
On the Natch (co-writer) (Bob Rockwell:On the Natch 1987), Shuffle, eTil Then, Out in Left Field, The Individualist (Jukkis Uotila Band Live/ pbl. Sundance Music 1990), Fast Company,
Implication (Jukkis Uotila/Jerry Bergonzi:Fast Company 1998), Wayne, Tranquility (Jukkis Uotila:Hunters and Gatherers 2000),
Numerous other unrecorded compositions, all registered with TEOSTO / Finland Published by Avenida Music unless otherwise noted

Fast Company/ one of the Best Jazz Records of 1998 (Jazz Times)
The Georgie Award 1991 Musician of the Year (Finnish Jazz Federation)
Jazzdrummer of the Year 1984-88 (Rytmi-Magazine) 1990-91 (Jazzit)
iIntrospectioni / one of  the best records in 1984 (Helsingin Sanomat)
Record of the Year 1984 iIntrospectioni (Rytmi-Magazine, Critics Poll)
Musician of the Year 1984 (Rytmi-Magazine1984)
Musician of the Year 1984 (Pori Jazz 66ry)
Recording support (Cultural Ministry of Finland 1986)
Artist Grant, State of Finland 1985, 1987 (<ohm>year), 1989 (1 year)
Recording support (ESEK 1986, -99)
Recording Support (LUSES 1983, -85, -89 and -98)
Artist Grant (Malmsten-Foundation 1983)
Artist Grant (City of Helsinki 1980, 1983)
Artist Grant (Province of Uusimaa 1980)
Newcomer of the Year 1978 (Pori Jazz Festival Prize)

Contact information:
Jukkis Uotila
Puolaharju 32 A
00930 Helsinki
Fax +358-9-3411226
e-mail: jukkis @avenida.inet.fi
Jazz department
Professor Jukkis Uotila
Kutomotie 9
00380 Helsinki

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