Niklas Winter is a finnish jazz guitarist and composer. Winter has made 6 records as a leader and has been active as a sideman in several bands. He also runs his own jazzlabel Abovoice. During the years Winter has performed with; Kenny Wheeler, Ulf Wakenius, Jesse van Ruller, Cameron Brown, Henry Lowther, Ted Curson, Lars Jansson, Kirite Kanawa, Jukkis Uotila, Teemu Viinikainen, Karl-Martin Almqvist, Fumio Yasuda, Ino Nobuyoshi, Jani Moder, Morten Lund, Jesper Bodilsen, Severi Pyysalo and many more..

Winter has a fresh, modern sound. This is original and very exciting music and Niklas Winter Quartet has surely been a great experience at many festivals. Tor Hammerø /Jazznyt (Norway)

Winter is a true sophisticated original on the guitar in Finland. Timo Vähäsilta /Rytmi (Finland)

Niklas Winter’s poetic playing shows great knowledge of improvisational skills. Jörgen Östberg /Orkester Journalen (Sweden)

” In Winter’s playing listener can hear plainness and intelligence. Winter’s improvisations and harmonies look back to the history of jazz but also expresses the atmosphere of today.”Hiroki Sugita/Jazz Life (Japan)

Trust in fact, was key, as was a fundamental sense of good time. Without a drummer or a bassist, and with the two guitarists sometimes dissolving into spare sections where time was, at best, suggested, it became even more essential that the two could internalize that time and know where it was, without it being explicitly there. It’s in the context of the duo that an artist is at his/her most exposed; not only are their abilities, instincts and improvisational élan laid bare, but their communication skills—or lack thereof—are impossible to disguise. Viinikainen and Winter needn’t have worried, as it was clear, from their Tampere Jazz Happening performance, that this was a duo communicating at a very deep level, playing relatively quiet music that was, nevertheless, thoroughly captivating.


Upcoming concerts


Look at ’ concerts ’ for a full list of upcoming and past performances.


13.1   Jazz Club Borgomanero – Teatro Rosmini, Borgomanery, Italy.

Max De Aloe Baltic Trio:

Max De Aloe – Chromatic harmonica, Niklas Winter – guitar, Jesper Bodilsen – bass.

14.1   Palazzo Ducale- Piazza Aranci, Massa,Italy.

Max De Aloe Baltic Trio:

Max De Aloe – Chromatic harmonica, Niklas Winter – guitar, Jesper Bodilsen – bass.

15.1   Libreria Cardano, Pavia, Italy.

Max De Aloe Baltic Trio

Max De Aloe – Chromatic harmonica, Niklas Winter – guitar, Jesper Bodilsen – bass.

18.1   La Salumeria della Musica, Milano, Italy.

Max de Aloe Hammond Trio feat. Niklas Winter

Max de Aloe – Chromatic harmonica, Niklas Winter – guitar

26.4   Tiirikkala, Turku, Finland.

Niklas Winter Duo.

1-12.6.   JAPAN TOUR

Venues TBA soon!

13-18.6 ITALY TOUR

Venues TBA soon!

More to be announced soon!


In January I will do four gigs in Italy with Max de Aloe. Looking forward to that.  We will also record a CD with Danish bass player Jesper Bodilsen. In the summer we will do more gigs in Italy and elsewhere with this band. I’ll keep you updated!

In March I will release a CD with singer Annika Cleo. Our duo album will be released on the Abovoice label. We will do gigs in Finland around the release in March and more during the summer. The release date is on the 9th of March.

In June I will do a tour in Japan with Danish saxophonist Emil Hess and with Japanese guitarist Suomi Morishita and others. Also gigs in Italy with Max De Aloe Baltic Trio.

I’ll get back to you with more news!