Jazzkaar 2010 – high quality jazz and good surprises

28. juuni 2010

The concerts of the 21st Jazzkaar Festival took place from April 23rd to May 2nd In Tallinn as well as 13 other Estonian cities. Top musicians from 15 different countries performed at the 62 concerts, offering fantastic and exciting experiences for more than 10 000 listeners.

Tallinn International Festival Jazzkaar came to an end with a dignified final on May 1st with the concert of quintet of the Israeli bassist Avishai Cohen in Nokia Concert-hall.

The concerts of the 21st Jazzkaar Festival took place from April 23rd to May 2nd In Tallinn as well as 13 other Estonian cities. Top musicians from 15 different countries performed at the 62 concerts, offering fantastic and exciting experiences for more than 10 000 listeners.

Estonian Jazz awards were presented to outstanding musicians for the fourth time. The main prize – Elion Jazz Award – was granted to saxophone player Raivo Tafenau, who has decorously represented Estonian jazz also abroad. The Young Jazz Talent award was presented to the 24-year-old bassist Peedu Kass and the Jazz Promoter award went to the organizer of jazz life in Narva – Boris Paršin.

The main favourites of the Jazzkaar audience were the USA jazz diva Dianne Reeves, Israeli bassist Avishai Cohen with his Aurora quintet, Korean singer Youn Sun Nah, Japanese club band Jazztronik and the legendary keyboard wizard and composer George Duke from the USA. High quality European jazz was represented by German Nils Wogram Nostalgia Trio, Dutch jazz quartet The Ploctones, Swedish musicians Lina Nyberg and Ulf Wakenius, Leszek Moždžer from Poland, Wolfgang Muthspiel from Austria etc.

Almost all Estonian musicians’ concerts in Tallinn brought in a full house as well. New albums were presented by UMA and Peedu Kass. New and exciting concert programs were offered by Hedvig Hanson Soul Group, Kristjan Randalu-Vaiko Eplik, Kadri Voorand, Marti Tärn, Kristjan Mazurchak, Lin’s System and Tuuli Taul. The ten concerts that took place in different museums and galleries as part of the Tallinn Day were also a great success. The ethno band Kirtana Rasa was especially popular among the audience. In co-operation with the foundation Tallinn 2011 a unique city space project was brought to life, where Danish drummer Karsten Mathiesen together with several local musicians performed in the most unexpected places in Tallinn and the Trumm-It orchestra brought joy to the city folk.

Through Klassikaraadio listeners throughout Europe were able to enjoy a direct broadcast of the festival opening concert of Villu Veski and Tiit Kalluste NordicSounds international project. The listeners of Klassikaraadio could also partake in several other Jazzkaar concerts throughout the festival. Jazzkaar events were also broadcasted by the Estonian Public Broadcasting, newspapers and internet portals. Outside Estonia Jazzkaar events reached the audiences through Russian, American, German and Norwegian jazz magazines and portals.

On the Jazzkaar web-page young journalists and photographers reviewed the concerts, took photos and collected the audience’s opinions. There are more than 50 reviews of different concerts on the Jazzkaar home-page. The festival couldn’t have been a success without the help of several dozen young music-loving volunteers.

The main sponsors and supporters of the festival were the Ministry of Culture, Cultural Endowment, the city of Tallinn, Elion, Sokos hotel Viru, Eesti Päevaleht, Ergo Insurance and Estonian Public Broadcasting. The festival also gained significant support from several embassies and local governments.

The organizers of the Tallinn International Festival Jazzkaar 2010 would like to thank everybody who helped to bring this festival to life and the amazing jazz audience! The final concert of the Jazzkaar season took place on June 2nd in the Nokia concert hall, presenting the Spanish singer Concha Buika.

Until we meet again!