Hanne Pulli

About Hanne

Hanne Pulli is considered as a versatile and style-concious drummer. She has been thanked for her natural air of drumming and for her musicality. She has good knowledge of jazz traditions with something new and interesting.

Hanne Pulli (-82) was brought up around music as her parents are music teachers and music enthusiasts. From age 5 to 16 she played violin in Savonlinna Music Institute, but she knew very early that she wanted to play drums. She finally got her wish through, when Pekka-dad bought a drum set as a joke. After a year, Hanne could already play more than her father!

At the age of 16, she was accepted to Sibelius Junior Academy Of Jazz Music, where she was taught by Teppo Mäkynen, Markus Ketola, Kari Ikonen, Esa Onttonen and Mika Kallio. Since then she has been studying jazzmusic with different teachers and mentors and has graduated from both Jyväskylä Conservatoire and Helsinki Polytechnic. After several years as a freelance musician, in fall 2014 Hanne started Master’s Degree Studies at Sibelius Academy Jazz Department to strengthen her identity as a jazz musician.

This distinctively creative and expressive player was chosen to ”Pori Jazz Artist Of The Year” in 2005. In the same year she was the first Finn ever to be chosen to IAJE’s (Association For Jazz Education) ”Sisters In  Jazz All Stars” program. The combo performed in several Jazz Festivals both in Europe and US.

In spring 2009 Hanne joined the European Jazz Orchestra (organized by EBU, European Broadcasting Union) for a three week European tour with musicians from all over Europe. The Big Band toured with conducter and composer Peter Herbolzheimer and performed in nine different countries. (www.swinging-europe.com)


Hanne is playing in many different jazz groups and projects. Here are some of them.


Aito Orchestra

Susana Santos Silva, trumpet (PT)
Max Frankl, guitar (GER)
Jori Huhtala, bass
Hanne Pulli, drs

Aito Orchestra is the newest jazz project Hanne is involved with. During the European Jazz Orchestra –tour in 2009, Hanne met german guitarist Max Frankl. They both liked to play together and wanted to create a smaller group that could develop a genuine sound. This genuine (=Aito in finnish) and interesting mixture of high musical talent and south/north jazz tradition can be heard in November 2014, as the band makes it’s first appearances in Finland.





Organ Tritone

Teemu Takanen, sax
Mikko Iivanainen, guitar
Mikko Seppänen, organ
Hanne Pulli, drs


ESA Jazz Orchestra



Eeppi and the Tangerines

Eeppi Ursin, vocals
Riitta Paakki, piano
Kaisa Mäensivu, bass
Hanne Pulli, drs


Mikko Iivanainen trio

Mikko Iivanainen, guitar
Juho Kivivuori, bass
Hanne Pulli, drs


Hanne Pulli Space Machine

Kalevi Louhivuori, trumpet
Antti Kujanpää, keys
Petri Kautto, guitar
Jori Huhtala, bass
Hanne Pulli, drs

Hanne Pulli Space Machine was Hanne’s first project as a band leader. The group got together in 2007 and played in clubs, bar’s and some jazz festivals during 2007–2012. The band released it’s first album in 2011 and the songs was mostly composed by Hanne. Nowadays Hanne Pulli Space Machine is on a break, but is not completely buried. When the time is right, Space Machine starts it’s engines again.