“Olli Soikkeli, a riveting Finnish guitarist who combines astonishing dexterity and speed with pure soul in a way that places him among the worthiest current day successors to the legacy of the great Django.
Olli Soikkeli was born in Nurmes, Finland in 1991. Now based in New York City, Olli started playing guitar at age of 12. A short time later Olli was introduced to the music of the great Django Reinhardt, which struck a chord with him. Gypsy jazz has since been Olli’s main focus. After touring around Europe with musicians such as Paulus Schäfer and Arnoud Van Den Berg, Olli decided to move to New York City in 2014. Right away he became the top call guitarist for gypsy jazz in New York City, playing legendary venues such as Town Hall, Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, Birdland Jazz Club, Blue Note and Lincoln Center. Moreover, his collaboration with violinist Jason Anick with Rhythm Future Quartet has made him an international star in the world of Gypsy Jazz.