Jukka Perko is considered one of the stars of the Finnish jazz scene.
Perko's personal style reflects European classical music, Afro-American jazz, and Finnish folk music. Born in 1968 in the town of Huittinen in Southwest Finland, Perko received comprehensive training covering all genres of music.
In 1986, at the age of 18, Perko won the prestigious Key Prize for Best Young Jazz Musician at the Pori Jazz Festival. He later toured Europe and the USA as a member of the "Dizzy Gillespie 70th Anniversary Big Band."
He has played with stars such as McCoy Tyner, Red Rodney, and Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, working as a sideman, and he was a member of the UMO Jazz Orchestra, one of Finland's finest and most well-known large ensembles.