Spirit Of New Orleans Productions
Traditional New Orleans Jazz With A 21st Century Flavor








· Trombone ·
· Bass drum ·
· Graphic design ·
· Photography ·


" -- One sign that this was an all-star group with talent to burn: the bass drummer, Katja Toivola, is also one of the Crescent City’s most creative trombone players. -- " Chris Waddington, The Times-Picayune

" -- Toivola’s "Montego Bounce" rocks steady with a Jamaican flair that is reminiscent of material favored by the legendary Skatalites. It’s the perfect vehicle to show off her growing prowess on the trombone. -- " Geraldine Wyckoff, OffBeat


Date of birth:
October 27, 1975

High school, French-Finnish School of Helsinki, 1994
Master of Arts, Ethnomusicology, University of Helsinki, 2005

Master's thesis:
"Feel Like Funkin' It Up - Tutkielma New Orleansin jazzia soittavasta ReBirth Brass Bandistä"

Feel Like Funkin' It Up - ReBirth Brass Band ja New Orleansin uuden aallon brass band -kulttuuri, Musiikin suunta 2/2003 (Vol. 25), Finnish Society for Ethnomusicology

Grants and awards:
2003 - Suomen kulttuurirahasto, grant for field work in New Orleans for Master's Thesis
2004 - Suomen kulttuurirahaston Uudenmaan rahasto, grant for the tour of the New Orleans Helsinki Connection in Uusimaa
2010 - Threadhead Records Foundation, grant for "Love Song For New Orleans/Paradise On Earth" record project
2012 - Song "Paradise on Earth" is awarded 2nd place in the John Lennon New Orleans Jazz Contest
2015 - Spirit of New Orleans Productions is awarded the "2015 New Orleans Award" in the Bands category

· Sea Horse
(On records: Leroy Jones: Back To My Roots, 2002; Jazz Ascona Compilation, 2003; New Orleans Helsinki Connection: At Last, 2004)
· Montego Bounce
(On record: Spirit Of New Orleans - Some Of These Days, 2006)
· Paradise On Earth
(On record: New Orleans Helsinki Connection - Paradise On Earth, 2012)

Graphic design (CD covers):
Rob Espino: Rob Espino Presents The Potholes Brass Band
New Orleans Helsinki Connection: Paradise On Earth
Original Hurricane Brass Band: We Shall Not Be Moved
Leroy Jones: Go To The Mardi Gras
Leroy Jones: I'm Talkin' Bout New Orleans
Spirit Of New Orleans: Mahogany Hall Stomp
Leroy Jones: Sweeter Than A Summer Breeze
Leroy Jones & Katja Toivola: Leroy Jones & Katja Toivola
YMCA Center for the Creative Arts Student Ensembles:
Mission Driven - Live from Rome Free Academy
Leroy Jones: Soft Shoe
Spirit Of New Orleans: Some Of These Days
Rob Espino: Rob Espino y sus amigos de Nueva Orleáns
Leroy Jones: New Orleans Brass Band Music: Memories Of The Fairview & Hurricane Band
Mari Watanabe: Old Friends
Miki Fujii: For Sentimental Reasons

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KTnola Photography on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ktNOLAphotography
All That Jazz! -- Katja Toivola's photo exhibit:



Own bands:
Spirit Of New Orleans
New Orleans Helsinki Connection

Other collaborations:
Riverside Rascals (Finland)
Leroy Jones Quintet (New Orleans)
Palm Court Jazz Band (New Orleans)
Storyville Shakers (Germany)
Leroy Jones Helsinki All Stars (New Orleans/Finland)
Big Beat Band (France)
Wim's Paradise Jazzband (Germany)
FC Helsinki Brass Band (Finland)
Storyville Brass Band (Finland)
Tremé Brass Band (New Orleans)
Original Hurricane Brass Band (New Orleans)
Tricia Boutté Band (New Orleans)
Shara's Jazz (New Orleans)
George French Band (New Orleans)
Storyville Stompers Brass Band (New Orleans)
Preservation Hall Jazz Band (New Orleans)
Trombone Summit (New Orleans)
Howler's Cotton Club (Australia)
Unity Hall Jazz Band (Australia)
Papa Henry Butler and the Steamin' Syncopators (New Orleans)

· 2012 - New Orleans Helsinki Connection
Paradise On Earth (SONOP 0714)
· 2012 - Original Hurricane Brass Band
We Shall Not Be Moved (LJCD 0512)
· 2012 - Leroy Jones
Go To The Mardi Gras (LJCD 0212) 

2009 - Spirit Of New Orleans
Mahogany Hall Stomp (SONOP 1650),  featuring Eeppi Ursin, Leroy Jones & Mari Watanabe
· 2008 & 2009 - Leroy Jones & Katja Toivola
Leroy Jones & Katja Toivola (SONOP 052008 & 9352), compilation disc
· 2006 - Spirit Of New Orleans
Some Of These Days (SONOP-8464),  featuring Leroy Jones & Eeppi Ursin
· 2004 - New Orleans Helsinki Connection
At Last (NOHC-242)
· 2002 - Spirit Of New Orleans
Bogalusa Strut (SONO-1),  featuring Leroy Jones & Susanna Mesiä
· 1997 - Riverside Rascals
Riverside Rascals featuring Tricia Boutté (RR 997)

· 2008 - We Shall Not Be Moved (Compilation)
We Shall Not Be Moved - The Joy (with Original Hurricane Brass Band)
· 2005 - Leroy Jones
New Orleans Brass Band Music: Memories Of The Fairview & Hurricane Band (LJCD-4221), as guest soloist
· 2004 - Susanna Mesiä
Susanna Mesiä Trad

· 2008 - Jô Soares Show / Programa do (São Paulo, Brazil)
· 2011 - HBO Treme
· 2013 - Pasuunarakkautta - The Girl Can Play (Documentary film by Aira Vehaskari / Blooming Rock / YLE TV1)



New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (New Orleans)
French Quarter Festival (New Orleans)
Satchmo Summer Fest (New Orleans)
Congo Square Rhythms Festival (New Orleans)
Danny Barker Centennial (New Orleans)
Voodoo Experience (New Orleans)
Mirliton Festival (New Orleans)
Gentilly Fest (New Orleans)
Jazz In The Park (New Orleans)
French Market Creole Tomato Festival (New Orleans)
New Orleans Wine and Food Experience (New Orleans)
Scandinavian Festival (New Orleans)
Christmas New Orleans Style (New Orleans)
Threadhead Thursday (New Orleans)
Marblehead Summer Jazz Series (Marblehead, MA)
Jazz Festival Brasil (various cities, Brazil)
Bourbon Street Fest (São Paulo, Brazil)
"I Love Jazz" Festival (various cities, Brazil)
Festival "Estação New Orleans-Nova Lima" (Nova Lima, Brazil)
Bourbon Festival Paraty (Paraty, Brazil)
FIGO - Festival Internacional de Música em Goiás (Goiânia, Brazil)
Ascona New Orleans Jazz & Classics (Switzerland)
21st Thredbo Yalumba Jazz Festival (Australia)
Fiji International Jazz Festival (Fiji Islands)
Waiheke Jazz & Blues Festival (New Zealand)
Riverboat Jazz Cruise (River Rhône, France)
Silda Jazz (Norway)
Varangerfestivalen (Norway)
Riverboat Jazz Festival (Denmark)
Aarhus International Jazz Festival (Denmark)
Cinderella Jazz Cruise (Stockholm, Sweden)
Tay Jazz Festival (Scotland)
Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival (Scotland)
Bauman Garden Festival, сад им баумана (Moscow, Russia)
Savitaipale Soi (Finland)
Pori Jazz (Finland)
Funky Elephant Festival (Finland)
Keitelejazz (Finland)
Helsingin Juhlaviikot (Finland)
Baltic Jazz (Finland)
Ruska Swing (Finland)
Kaamosjazz (Finland)
Imatra Big Band Festival (Finland)
Lahden Jazztori (Finland)
Otava Happy Jazz (Finland)
Linna-Jazz (Finland)
Kalotti Jazz & Blues (Finland)
Ylläs Jazz & Blues (Finland)
Korpo Sea Jazz (Finland)
Helsinki Classic Jazz Festival (Finland)
Jazz-Espa (Finland)
Elojazz (Finland)

Palm Court Jazz Café (New Orleans)
Snug Harbor (New Orleans)
The Three Muses (New Orleans)
Irvin Mayfield's Jazz Playhouse (New Orleans)
Café Istanbul (New Orleans)
Hermes Bar (New Orleans)
Donna's Bar & Grill (New Orleans)
Vaughan's Lounge (New Orleans)
Candle Light Lounge (New Orleans)
Preservation Hall (New Orleans)
528 Jazz Club (New Orleans)
Bombay Club (New Orleans)
The Funky Pirate (New Orleans)
Café Brazil (New Orleans)
Jazz National Historical Park (New Orleans)
Ogden Museum of Southern Art (New Orleans)
House Of Blues (New Orleans)
Louisiana Superdome (New Orleans)
Fritzel's European Jazz Pub (New Orleans)
Columns Hotel (New Orleans)
Westin Canal Place (New Orleans)
Ellis Marsalis Center for Music (New Orleans)
The Bolden Bar (New Orleans)
Peoples Health New Orleans Jazz Market (New Orleans)
WWOZ Live from Basin Street Station (New Orleans)
Emeril's (New Orleans)
Bourbon Street Music Club (São Paulo, Brazil)
Al Torchio (Ascona, Switzerland)
Blue Lamp (Aberdeen, Scotland)
Perth Concert Hall (Perth, Scotland)
Jamhouse (Edinburgh, Scotland)
Krysha Mira, Крыша Мира (Moscow, Russia)
Patriarshiye Ponds, Патриаршие пруды (Moscow, Russia)
Unity Hall (Sydney, Australia)
Piano Room (Sydney, Australia)
The Bar @ Four Seasons (Sydney, Australia)
Bellingen Jazz Society (Bellingen, Australia)
Central Coast Jazz Club (Gosford, Australia)
Pembroke School (Adelaide, Australia)
Woodstock Winery (McLaren Flat, Australia)
Norwood Concert Hall (Adelaide, Australia)
Carey Baptist Grammar School (Melbourne, Australia)
Pizza Express Jazz Club (London, England)
The Alban Arena (St. Albans, England)
Harrogate Theatre (Harrogate, England)
Rose Theatre (Kingston, England)
Malvern Theatres (Malvern, England)
The Concorde Club (Southampton, England)
Assembly Hall Theatre (Tunbridge Wells, England)
The Lighthouse (Poole, England)
The Apex (Bury St Edmonds, England)
Royal Northern College of Music (Manchester, England)

Storyville Jazz Club (Helsinki)
Club Turkoosi (Helsinki)
Cotton Club (Helsinki)
Laivakoira (Helsinki)
Sture Jazz Club (Helsinki)



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Web design: Katja Toivola
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Last updated: November 23, 2015