Ricky-Tick Big Band

Founded in 2010 by composer and guitarist Valtteri Laurell Pöyhönen, Ricky-Tick Big Band is a veritable “who’s who” in Finnish Jazz. The orchestra consists of its top talent, young jazz musicians both domestically and internationally acclaimed for their extensive catalogue of work. Pöyhönen’s compositions have their foundation in the legacy of big band legend Duke Ellington, but a variety of other influences can also be heard, ranging from New Orleans to Ethio-jazz and beyond. The band released its debut album “Ricky-Tick Big Band” in 2010.

From 2013 to 2019 Ricky-Tick Big Band collaborated with Julkinen Sana (“Public Word”), a group by Finnish rap pioneers, Paleface, Redrama and Tommy Lindgren (aka Father Metro). This unprecedented collaborative effort between a full-fledged 17-piece big band and three highly skilled rappers took its native country of Finland by storm. Together they released three albums and performed over 80 shows on the festival main stages and in the biggest clubs and concert venues in Finland. In 2019 Ricky-Tick Big Band & Julkinen Sana ended their cooperation at Helsinki’s legendary Tavastia Club with three consecutive sold out nights which is rare in any genre – let alone big band rap.

Now, Ricky-Tick Big Band has its eyes on the future with its next instrumental album in the making.


”From the first track on, it was clear that Burnaa (2013), seamlessly combining swinging bigband jazz with witty old-school rap, was an unexpected direct hit that you don’t come across every year.”Harri Uusitorppa, Helsingin Sanomat

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