Manuel Dunkel


Recognized as one of the strongest voices in Finnish jazz scene today, Manuel Dunkel’s international class musicianship and passionate playing has been praised in Finland since the early 90s. Dunkel´s playing is characterized by rich and strong saxophone sound, well-developed melodic lines and intense swing. Dunkel got heavily into jazz in his teens, absorbing and practising jazz language from the records. He was fascinated especially by saxophonist John Coltrane, who became one of Dunkel´s main influence. Dunkel studied at the Oulunkylä Pop & Jazz Conservatory, and then the Sibelius Academy. He received the Pekka Pöyry saxophone award in 1996 and was voted as "The Best Tenor Saxophonist " in Jazz Rytmit magazine in 1999-2001. After developing his musicianship as a sideman, Dunkel started to lead his quartet in 1996. Either playing with his band or through partnerships with prominent musicians such as Eric Truffaz and Kenny Wheeler, Dunkel has recorded numerous CDs and has toured all over Europe, Australia, and the Far-East. In 2005 Dunkel formed a new quartet (with pianist Giorgos Kontrafouris, bassist Ville Huolman and drummer Jussi Lehtonen), with which he recorded the CD "Darn That Dream" (KSJAZZ 2006). 

At the festival, the band will be joined by drummer Teppo Mäkynen, another key figure of the Finnish jazz scene.

Saturday, 29.08.2009

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