Jazzkaar released the full program for the festival, taking place on April 20-29

31. January 2018

Jazzkaar 2018 main program consists of 60 concerts. The 29th festival surprises us with Cory Henry, a three-time Grammy winner with his ensemble The Funk Apostles. Tickets for the concerts released now are 40% off on February 1st and 2nd.


Jazzkaar 2018 is headlined by British singer Laura Mvula and the leading jazz musicians in USA – hammond organ virtuoso and singer Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles, saxophone legend Bill Evans and the quartet Petite Blond II, reputable jazz trio The Bad Plus and America’s best trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire.


On April 20th, in honour of the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia, Jazzkaar celebrates the opening of the festival with an extraordinary performance “Story of a Hundred” in Port Noblessner. The original music is composed by Erki Pärnoja, staged by Jaak Prints and photographed by Kaupo Kikkas. “Story of a Hundred” will be brought out with the help of Viru Keskus.


“Jazzkaar is always new and extraordinary. We are proud that during the 29th festival we, together with the authors, musicians, a hundred lovely Estonians and the sponsors of the project, can give this present to the Republic of Estonia. During the festival we will also be showcasing the accomplishments of Estonian jazz musicians. The inspiring Estonian jazz will be heard by more foreign journalists and delegates than usual,“ said Anne Erm, the artistic director of the festival.


The diversity of the European jazz will be represented by Dominic Miller, guitarist known as the sideman for Sting, Nik Bärtsch with his hypnotic sounds from Switzerland, impeccable Spanish singer Silvia Perez Cruz, electronical Danish duo Bremer/McCoy, French ethnojazz trio Delbecq 3, Norwegian talented singing bassist Ellen Andrea Wang and many more.


ECM artist Kristjan Randalu with Ben Monder and Markku Ounaskari, and jazz ensamble Voorand-Koikson-Sooäär-Daniel will be presenting their albums during the festival. The quartet, together with the Grammy-winning Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, will make a tribute to the music of Veljo Tormis.


Estonia’s new music will be brought to the festival by Estonian Voices, Heikko Remmel Quartet and Anna Põldvee Quartet. Estonian musicians will give two exciting showcase-concerts. The first concert focuses on our talented female musicians Kirke Karja, Mingo Rajandi and Maarja Aarma with bands. In the second concert the audience can hear cross-border music composed by Argo Vals, Modulshtein ja Mauno Meesit.


Young jazz enthusiasts are entertained by Eeva and Villu Talsi, school children are welcomed by #youngjazz peers from Estonia, Denmark and Portugal with a special project.


Jazzkaar club music is very abundant – the program features next to USA jazz-star Cory Henry Britain’s club favourites Romare, Myles Sanko, Werkha and Sons of Klemet. During the evening Estonians Sander Mölder, Laura & W, Ashilevi and Trump Conception will be taking the stage.


Next to the main program the popular home concerts series will continue. Jazzkaar will start looking for exciting homes which would like to host musicians and open their doors to the public in February.


Festival Jazzkaar 2018 will take place on April 20-29 in Vaba Lava and Punane Maja in Tallinn Telliskivi Creative City, also Nordea Concert Hall and Port Noblessner.
Jazzkaar concerts also take place across Estonia, the program will be released in February. Last year 25 000 people visited the festival.


Jazzkaar 2018 main program will feature: Ambrose Akinmusire, Anna Põldvee Quartet, Argo Vals, Ashilevi, Avarus Trio, Bill Evans Petite Blonde II, Bremer/McCoy, Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles, Delbecq 3, Dominic Miller, Eeva & Villu Talsi, Eesti Filharmoonia Kammerkoor & Voorand-Koikson-Sooäär-Daniel, Ellen Andrea Wang, Estonian Voices, Hannah Epperson, Heikko Remmel Quartet, Kids Can #noorjazz, Kirke Karja Quartet, Komfortrauschen, Kristjan Randalu – Absence, Laura Mvula, Laura & W, Leonid Šinkarenko Quartet, Maarja Aarma MA, Mauno Meesit Trio, Modulshtein, Myles Sanko, Nik Bärtsch’s Mobile, Romare, Sander Mölder, Silvia Perez Cruz, Sons of Kemet, Taner Akyol, The Bad Plus, Trondheim Voices, Trump Conception, Werkha, “The Story of a Hundred” Erki Pärnoja, Kaupo Kikkas, Jaak Prints.

Jazzkaar’s Gold Sponsor is Danske Bank. The festival’s main sponsors are KAFO, Jazz Pesulad and Eesti Päevaleht, yearly sponsors are My City Hotel, BMW, Tallink and Aktaprint. The festival centre is supported by Prike and the Telliskivi Creative City, the cafe partner is Reval Café. Laura Mvula concert will be brought to Estonia by Viru Keskus. “The Story of a Hundred” will be brought out by Viru Keskus, EV100 and Port Noblessner. The festival contributors are Kodupaber and Myfitness. The festival is supported by Ministry Of Culture, The Cultural Endowment of Estonia, Tallinn, Estonian Authors’ Society, Embassy of Spain in Tallinn, the French Institute of Estonia, the Danish Institute of Culture and Enterprise Estonia.


Only on the 1st and 2nd February will the tickets for the released program be 40% off. The tickets will come for sale on the 1st of February, 9 am at Piletilevi sales points and online www.piletilevi.ee. Discount tickets are limited! Special price does not apply to festival passes, day tickets and to concerts announced before: Laura Mvula, The Bad Plus, Ambrose Akinmusire, Nick Bärtsch’s Mobile and “The Story of a Hundred”.