Don Johnson Big Band

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Don Johnson Big Band
DJBB Maailma kylassa 2006.jpg
Don Johnson Big Band performing in May 2006.
Background information
Origin Helsinki, Finland
Genres Alternative, Electronic, Hip hop
Years active 1997 (1997)–present
Labels Universal Music, Beat Back
Members Tommy Lindgren
Johannes Laiho
Kari Saarilahti
Pekka Mikkonen

Don Johnson Big Band is an alternative hip hop group from Helsinki, Finland. Their music blends influences from a variety of genres such as electronic music, funk, rock and jazz.


The name "Don Johnson Big Band" comes from the actor Don Johnson in the series Miami Vice. The band had to come up with a name to reserve a place for training.


Don Johnson Big Band consists of four people: Tommy Lindgren (vocals), Kari Saarilahti (guitar), Johannes Laiho (keyboards) and Pekka Mikkonen (horns). Despite their name, they are not a big band, but instead a mix between rap, hip hop, techno, jazz, blues and rock. Regular featuring artists on DJBB gigs and albums are Juuso Hannukainen (percussion), Tero Rantanen (percussion), Emma Salokoski (vocals), and Teppo Mäkynen (turntables).




Year Title Chart positions Album
Peak position on Finnish Singles Chart Weeks on chart
2003 "One MC, One Delay"[1] 2 19 Breaking Daylight
"Jah Jah Blow Job"[2] 4 6
2006 "Road"[3] 1 5 Don Johnson Big Band
"Busy Relaxin'"[4] 12 2
2009 "L.L.H."[5] 6 2 Records Are Forever


  • Lindgren, Saarilahti and Laiho are old high school friends. Mikkonen joined in later.
  • Their 2009 album includes a song dedicated to Usain Bolt, titled Running Man.


  1. ^ Chart history for "One MC, One Delay" Archived June 28, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Chart history for "Jah Jah Blowjob" Archived October 19, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Chart history for "Road" Archived October 19, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Chart history for "Busy Relaxin'" Archived November 3, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ Chart history for "L.L.H." Archived October 19, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.

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