Birger’s Ragtime Band is a new traditional jazz constellation in Finland. The band was formed in spring 2011 by five very experienced jazz musicians. These musicians have played in different bands, in Finland and abroad since the early seventies. But their distinct love for the original New Orleans jazz tradition has finally brought these friends together, every member contributing with his skill and experience.
The band members have played in all important jazz festivals where traditional jazz is presented in Finland and Sweden; Pori Jazz Festivial, Baltic Jazz Festival and Kaamos Jazz Festival in Finland and Hällevik Traditional Jazz Festival and Askersund Jazz Festival in Sweden. The members have participated in numerous recordings.
The interest in traditional jazz music, played as concert music, gospel music and dance music has seen a renaissance . Nowadays young people who have been brought up with disco and techno music get very exited when listening and dancing to the acoustic rhythmic jazz music played by a live band. Birger’s Ragtime Band plays frequently in jazz clubs, restaurants, private parties , company parties for customers and in churches.