Tomi Nikku is an emerging trumpet player based in Helsinki, Finland. Nikku enjoys playing and challenging himself in various groups and styles with an emphasis on jazz music. He possesses a warm, delicate tone on trumpet and flugelhorn with which he aspires to create exciting, fresh and swinging melodies. Nikku is a straightforward improviser and he will dive into any musical situation without fear and make it work with great persistence. As much as he loves jazz giants like Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson, Kenny Dorham and Clark Terry, he loves to hear and work with open-minded and forward-thinking contemporaries.
Nikku was born in 1991 in Imatra, Finland. He grew up in a musical family so he learned to enjoy music in many ways at a very young age. He was curiously making sounds out of different instruments and objects laying around their house. He even got a decent sound out of his mother’s bugle, that’s why she sent Tomi to receive trumpet lessons at the age of eight. Soon he started to play with different bands, including the junior wind orchestra, junior big band and various rock/pop groups at the elementary school he attended. He had lots of opportunities to hear some great jazz groups and big bands during the Imatra Big Band Festival each summer. Which is the main reason why he got excited about jazz and improvised music.
In the past few years Nikku has become known from various groups including Bowman Trio, Alder Ego, Maxxxtet and Sointi Jazz Orchestra. Nikku also leads his own group Tomi Nikku 5tet. In addition to working within the jazz context he is also freelancing and doing studio and session work with different Finnish artists. Nikku has graduated as a Master of Music from Sibelius Academy’s highly respected Jazz Studies program.