The Tesar Jazz Band was founded in the mid-nineties in Mikkeli, South-Eastern Finland. Music teacher Krystian Tesarczyk has led the orchestra from the beginning. Although the band's players work in various professions, they all have a solid musicial background. The band performs mainly in Mikkeli area, but has also played abroad:

1996  Assens, Denmark
         Concert, Twinning visit
1997  Florida, USA
         Concerts: Finland House, Lake Worth, Polish Club
1999  Rome, Vatican, Italy
         Concert: The school founded by the Pope Pius IX
2000  Warsaw, Poland
         Concerts: Jazz Club Jazz Cafe, Hotel Mercure Fryderyk Chopin
2001  Cracow, Poland
         Concert: The legendary Jazz Club U Muniaka
2002  Cairo, Egypt
         Concerts: Hotel Ramses Hilton, American University of Cairo, 
         Moqattam, Dr. Laila Iskander, the Residence of the Ambassador
         Aapo Pölhö

2002  Prague, Czech
         Concerts: The legendary Semafor Theatre, the Residence of
         Minister-Counsellor Marjatta Laires
2003  Costa del Sol, Spain
         Concerts: The Culture week of Culture Association Kaleva, Jazz Club
         Mai Tai and the Gospel concert in the church of Torremolinos
2003  Kalisz and Warsaw, Poland   
Concerts: International Jazz Festival, Jazz Jamboree, Jazz Club Jazz
         Cafe Lomianki, Kalisz Philharmonic Ha
2005  Bratislava, Slovakia
Concert: Jazzclub Jazz Cafe
2006  Bangkok, Thailand
Concerts: The Residence of the Ambassador Lars Backström,
         Kasetsart University, the concert for Diplomatic Corps

2007  Bangkok, Thailand
Concerts: Thailand Cultural Centre, the 80th anniversary concert
         for H.M. King Bhumibol Rama IX,
The Residence of the Ambassador
         Lars Backström

2008  Brussels, Belgium
        Concerts: The Residence of the Ambassador Aapo Pölhö,
         Confusion Jazz Club
2009  Budapest, Hungary
Concerts: The Flag Day of the Finnish Defence Forces, the Residence
         of the Ambassador
Jari Vilen, Rácz Aladár Zeneiskola
2010  Beijing, China
Concert: "Jazz At The Residence" at the Residence of the
Lars Backström
2011  Brussels, Belgium
Concert: The Residence of the Ambassador Aapo Pölhö
2012  Cracow, Poland
Concert: The legendary Jazz Club U Muniaka
         Toila, Estonia
         Two concerts at Toila Spa Hotel
2013  Prague, Czech Republic
Concert: The legendary Semafor theatre
         Beijing, China
Concerts: A Cultural Journey from Finland to Financial Street,
         Farewell party of the Ambassador Lars Backström
2014 Zamosc, Poland
        Jazz & Swing Forever concert with Karol Namyslowski Symphonic
        Orchestra. Conductor Krzysztof Dobosiewicz.
2015 Gdynia and Sopot, Poland 
        Concerts in Klub Muzyczny Ucho in Gdyniassa and in Restauracja &
        Bar Smak Morzassa in Sopot. Our guests were Janusz Muniak,
        Tomasz Grzegorski, Przemek Diakowski and Mr. Nadolski.2016 2016 2016 London, England
Concert: Flag Day of the Finnish Defence Forces at the Residence of 
        the Ambassador
Päivi Luostarinen.
        Gospel concert at The Finnish Church in London.

St. Michel Strings teamed up with Tesar Jazz Band on 27th November 2013 in concert and congress hall Mikaeli in Mikkeli. The theme of the evening was Jazz & Swing Forever – evergreen gems of jazz and swing. The conductor was Krzysztof Dobosiewicz.

The band plays mainstream and swing jazz and has many Duke Ellington's tunes in the repertoire. The band leader Krystian Tesarczyk was born in Poland. The last 36 years he has lived in Finland. During the time he has directed several jazz ensembles: jazz singer groups, big bands and jazz combos. Tesar Jazz Band is one them.

The band has had the honor to play with many great and well known jazz musicians e.g. Jukka Perko (saxophones),Severi Pyysalo (vibraphone), Ted Curson,USA (trumpet), Jyrki Kangas (contrabass), Markku Johansson (trumpet), Vitali Imereli,Georgia (violin), Jari Perkiömäki (saxophones), Iiro Rantala (piano), Antti Sarpila (clarinet, saxophones), Marian Petrescu, Romania (piano),  Raivo Tafenau, Estonia (saxophones), Janusz Muniak, Poland (saxophones), Tomasz Grzegorski, Poland (saxophones), Marcin Slusarczyk, Poland (altosax), Seppo Hovi (piano), Riitta Paakki (piano), Keith Hall, UK (drums), Pentti Lasanen (saxophones), Risto Salmi.(saxophones), Marzi Nyman (guitar), Riku Niemi (vibraphone), Eero Koivistoinen (saxophones), Tero Saarti (trumpet), Sonja Lumme (vocal), Lenni-Kalle Taipale (piano), Kepa Kettunen (drums), Tiit Kalluste, Estonia (accordion), Manuel Dunkel (tenor saxophone), Seppo Kantonen (piano), Lembit Saarsalu, Estonia (tenor saxophone), Ville Vilén (vocal), Jaakko Pitkänen (guitar) and Juho Valjakka, piano.


  • To Each His Own, leads Krystian Tesarczyk (1999)
  • Caravan, leads Krystian Tesarczyk (2003)
  • Dinner at eight, leads Krystian Tesarczyk (2008)