Dunkel got heavily into jazz in his teens, absorbing and practising jazz language from the records. He was fascinated especially by saxophonist John Coltrane, who became one of Dunkel´s main influence. Dunkel studied first at the Oulunkylä Pop & Jazz Conservatory, then entered the Sibelius-Academy Jazz Program, where he earned his Master´s degree in 2004. In the early 90´s Dunkel build his reputation as an adaptable and expressive musician in various musical settings from funk to straight-ahead jazz. Since 1994 he has been a member of the UMO Jazz Orchestra (the leading professional big band in Finland), which has given Dunkel invaluable experience not only of the group playing, but also as a soloist.
Dunkel`s skills and intense playing was soon noted by public and critics, and as a result he received the Pekka Pöyry- saxophone award 1996 and was voted as "The Best Tenor Saxophonist" in Jazz Rytmit- magazine 1999-2001. After developing his musicianship as a side-man, Dunkel started to lead his quartet in 1996. The quartet made two well received CD`s, toured Finland and played in EBU-concert at the April Jazz International Jazz Festival in Finland 1997. 2001 he toured Finland and Sweden with his his scandinavian band TONIC, featuring Norwegian keyboardist Christian Wallumrød and Swedish trumpeter Anders Bergcrantz. In the early 2000`s Dunkel played intensively with Jukka Perko & Hurmio-orkesteri - a Finnish band which recorded succesful CD for the Blue-Note and toured Far-East (Australia, China, Singapore, South-Korea and Thailand).
Dunkel has often performed also in Mid-Europe (Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland) since 1998 with Finnish band Platypus Ensemble. Occasionally Dunkel is also in demand as a featured soloist, such as a week long gig with a Japanese trio in Tokyo 2004 and a concert with Swiss guitarist Harald Haerter`s group in Finland 2005. 2000 he played as a soloist with the Estonian Dream Big Band. 2005 Dunkel formed a new quartet (with pianist Giorgos Kontrafouris, bassist Ville Huolman and drummer Jussi Lehtonen). 2006 the quartet recorded CD Darn That Dream for American record-label KSJAZZ. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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