American singer Shayna Steele will charm the Christmas Jazz audience instead of Stacey Kent

23. November 2017

Christmas Jazz headliner Stacey Kent concert on December 2 has been cancelled due to the unfortunate passing of the singer’s mother. Instead of Stacey Kent, the Nordea Concert Hall stage on December 2 will feature American singer Shayna Steele together with Estonian Dream Big Band, conductor Siim Aimla.


Stacey Kent agent announced, that the singer lost her mother to a severe illness and has to take time off in her concert activity. Stacey Kent, her agency and Jazzkaar apologize to the fans. Jazzkaar expresses their condolences and hope to see her in Estonia in the future. Instead of Stacey Kent an American singer Shayna Steele will be performing on December 2 at Nordea Concert Hall together with Estonian Dream Big Band. Tickets of Stacey Kent concert are valid to Shayna Steele concert and do not have to be changed.


American singer Shayna Steele’s talent and powerful voice has delighted audiences in intimate jazz clubs and big concert halls alike, where she often performs together with big bands and symphony orchestras. To Estonia she will fly directly from America, where she is currently working on her third album.

Steele’s career started in the genre of electronical music, when in 2005 she recorded together a well-known single of Moby “Raining Again” from album “Hotel”. The collaboration with Moby continued on his theme song to movie “The Bourne Ultimatum” named “Extreme Ways” in 2007 and in 2008 on single “Disco Lies” which reached #1 on the US Billboard Dance charts. Her voice has remained high in demand with vocals on movies like “Sex and the City 2”, “The Backup Plan” and HBO’s series “The Sopranos”.


Steele started writing music with her partner pianist David Cook in 2002. The two quickly developed a creative synergy, and their first collaboration on her eponymous debut-EP’s breakout soul-funk single “High Yella” achieved the attention she needed to raise her solo profile. The release of her first full-length album “I’ll Be Anything” (2009) put Shayna on the map as legitimate solo artist and soon after followed sold-out concerts all over America and Europe.


Reputation as a solo artist brought collaboration projects with Lizz Wright, Dave Douglas, Dolly Parton, Rihanna and many others, and in 2013 Shayna’s original composition “Gone Under” was recorded on the album of Snarky Puppy “Family Dinner Volume 1”. Her second full-length album “Rise” (2015) was recorded together with jazz stars like Christian McBride, Eric Harland, Marcus Miller etc. “Rise” received rave reviews from both critics and fans alike and reached #4 on the U.S. iTunes jazz charts. Shayna is currently in the studio finishing her third solo album with producer David Cook set to release in early 2018.


At Christmas Jazz concert on December 2 at Nordea Concert Hall Shayna Steele will take the stage together with Estonian Dream Big Band to perform jazz classics, bossa novas and Christmas spirited songs to Estonian audience.


Tickets of Stacey Kent concert are valid to Shayna Steele concert. If desired, tickets can be sold back until 2.12.2017 (incl.). Owners of PDF ticket who want to sell back their ticket, have to contact Piletilevi offices tagasiost@piletilevi.ee, marking their invoice number in the body of the letter. Piletilevi will refund the ticket only to the customers who have requested it. Paper tickets can be sold back at all Piletilevi selling points excluding Circle K gas stations.


Christmas Jazz will take place from November 24 to December 13, 2017. Christmas Jazz is sponsored by Jazzkaar Festival gold sponsor Danske Bank. The main sponsors of the festival are KAFO, Jazz Pesulad and Eesti Päevaleht, annual sponsors BMW, Tallink, Aktaprint and Reval Café. Christmas Jazz is also supported by the Estonian Ministry of Culture, Cultural Endowment, the City of Tallinn, the Embassy of Finland and the Embassy of Poland in Tallinn. In collaboration with Estonian Jazz Union, Estonian Music and Theatre Academy and Estonian Public Broadcasting.


Christmas Jazz tickets are on sale at Piletilevi sales points and on the internet www.piletilevi.ee.