Christmas Jazz 2007 is held from December 4th to 17th with 18 excellent concerts and performers from 7 different countries.
Check out the PROGRAM! From December 4th to 17th the 18th Christmas Jazz offers listeners 18 colorful concerts from African, South-African, Tunisian, Swedish, Finnish, German and Estonian musicians. Concerts are held in Tallinn, Tartu, Pärnu, Viljandi, Jõhvi and Rapla. The traditions of the festival demand an excellent vocal ensemble and a charity concert „Help Bring Life“ to help the smallest patients of Pelgulinna Maternity Hospital.
The headliner of Christmas Jazz vocal ensemble Ladysmith Black Mambazo comes from South-Africa. They are known all over the world, have given thousands of concerts and released 40 albums, 2 of which have recieved Grammy Awards. This time touring in Europe Ladysmith Black Mambazo gives 34 concerts only in England. The ensemble was founded in the seventies by Joseph Shabalala and performs music based on African traditions.
Charity concert „Help Bring Life“ is a beautiful tradition that brings together the children of Estonian Radio Singing Studio and many beloved Estonian artists. Guests of the concert are Hedvig Hanson and James Werts who sing songs about winter and Christmas.
Magical energy will flow when Tunisian vocalist and oud player Dhafer Youssef and Estonian choir of Gregorian chant Vox Clamantis meet. Their concerts in spring in England were extremely successful. Estonian public can now also enjoy the symbiosis of old music, Tunisian ornamental improvisations and jazz.
For the first time in Tallinn with his solo act performs the singer Peter Eldridge, familiar from New York Voices. Finnish singer-pianist Tuomo surprised not only Finland but the whole of Europe with his soul album „My Thing“ that has been praised by the audiences as well as critics as one of the best albums of the year 2007. Young Swedish musicians Anomie Orchestra or the duo of guitar and sax plays soft melodic jazz and fusion with hints of Swedish folk music. Estonian musicians are represented by Siiri Sisask and Kristjan Randalu Quartet with their thoughtful and deep program „Footsteps“. Liisi Koikson and Siim Aimla band take a bow to a famous singer with their „Tribute to Joni Mitchell“; Üsna Vaikne Duo or the Quite Quiet Duo makes music quietly and naturally. Johanson & Brothers are always looking for the essence of being and the band Willane Bluus assures that Estonian original blues can also be interesting for the world. Last two concerts are broadcasted by European Broadcasting Union and make so Christmas Jazz available for listeners in many European countries.