DRAWING on sounds from five continents, the annual Tampere Jazz Happening offers a swag of goings-on between 31 October and 3 November.

Held for the 32nd occasion, the various jazzy sounds range from pop jazz to a more experimental avant-garde, with fresh sounds, jazz legends and four world premieres tossed in for good measure.

Leading drummer Manu Katché and his quartet appears on Saturday night, with the maestro Jack DeJohnette and his group rounding things off in style on Sunday. Elsewhere, Dane Stefan Pasborg rolls out Free Moby Dick, reinventing rock classics with his skilful jazz band in the process.

Colombian Edmar Castaneda sets out to mesmerise on the harp, Dutchman Ernst Reijseger continues to expand the possibilities of the cello, and Malian Bassekou Kouyaté asks audiences to buckle up, as they will be transported to another world with his ngoni playing echoing the sounds of a lute.

And what jazz festival would be complete without some New Orleans brass, with the Hot 8 Brass Band kicking up some stomping sounds from the Bayou swamps.

Tampere Jazz Happening
31 October - 3 November

Outfits including the Verneri Pohjola Quartet and Dalindéo fly the local flag, along with Jarmo Saari Republic, Kantonen Camping Septet and Tenors of Kalma.

James O’Sullivan