Niklas Winter is a finnish jazz guitarist, composer and teacher. 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, Cameron Brown, Henry Lowther, Ted Curson, Lars Jansson, Kirite Kanawa, Jukkis Uotila, Teemu Viinikainen, Karl-Martin Almqvist, Fumio Yasuda, Ino Nobuyoshi, Jesse van Ruller, 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.


4-5.6   Il Trillo Jazz, Firenze, Italy.

Masterclasses and concert with Max De Aloe (ITA) – harmonica, Jesper Bodilsen (DK) – bass.


1.7   Sofia Wilhelmina Kyrkan, Iniö, Finland.

Niklas Winter with Annika Cleo – vocals.

2.7   Restaurang Skagen, Houtskär, Finland.

Niklas Winter with Jan Simons – bass.


7.7   Copenhagen Jazz Festival, Denmark.

16:00   Christians Kirken

Niklas Winter with Emil Hess – tenor sax, Nikolaj Hess – piano, Jesper Bodilsen – bass, Richard Huntley – drums.


21:00   PH Café

Niklas Winter with Emil Hess – tenor sax, bass-TB, Richard Huntley – drums.


8.7   Galleri Arleth, Denmark.

Niklas Winter with Emil Hess – ts, Richard Huntley – drums.


13.7   Suomi-Areena, Pori, Finland.

Niklas Winter with Annika Cleo – vocals.


18.8   Taiteiden Yö, Gillesgården, Turku, Finland.

Niklas Winter & Emil Hess duo.


Fall performances TBA soon!


The first three weeks in May I will visit Japan again playing with danish saxophonist Emil Hess and with drummer Richard Huntley from NYC and a bunch of Japanese great musicians!

In early June I will do a couple of masterclasses and a concert in Firenze, Itlay. There I will perform with Italian Max De Aloe and with Jesper Bodilsen from Denmark.

Have now written all the songs to my new CD and now starting to plan the actual recording session and release. This is always a very exciting process and it’s been a while now since last time.

I’ll get back to you with more news!