Jazzkaar’s anniversary festival fulfilled dreams and had record number of visitors

30. April 2014

During 10 sunny days from 18th to 27th April the 25th Jazzkaar festival made over 20 000 music lovers happy. There were more than 120 events in Tallinn and other 10 towns in Estonia.


The headliner, Jazzkaar’s long-time dream, Pat Metheny Unity Group’s 2, 5 hour long concert in Nokia Concert Hall became the absolute emotional high point. They performed songs from their fresh album „Kin (←→)” and also previous favourites as well. Metheny himself said Tallinn was the best venue out of the three Baltic concerts. Tom Conrad, jazz critic from USA, appraised the second headliner Cassandra Wilson.


The Marina Pavilion that has been home for Jazzkaar for the past three years continues to get good feedback both from visitors and artists. Congratulations and appraises were often given to the stage design and professional quality light and sound design. The Pavilion was put up with good partners Prike, RGB Baltic and Tallinn Port.


The Pavilion saw full house at the concerts of Eplik-Randalu, Fatoumata Diawara, Nina Attal, Portico Quartet, Las Migas, Mount Kimbie and Bluusipüha. Highly engrossing shows were given by Young Estonian Jazz Gala and by Andres Mustonen Jazzkvartett with trumpetist Avishai Cohen. Kadri Voorand, who gave four concerts, received compliments from Estonian and foreign critics. 


Sweet and enjoyable children concerts from Viljandi Culture Academy’s young actors and from mimes and Danish multi-instrumentalist Karsten Mathiesen caught plenty of hearts. The opening concert in Seaplane Harbour that presented Ülo Krigul’s new piece „Flight JK025” gave many a cosmic experience. Theatre No99 Jazz Club’s audience favourites were Susana Sawoff, Tõnu Naissoo and Kadri Voorand. 


The free concert day „Helisev pühapäev” was warmly welcomed by over 2700 people who attended the 10 concerts on different architecturally interesting venues at the seaside. 


The concerts in Tallinn were visited by over 12 000 ticket buyers. Adding the free concert day, lunch concerts and Urban City project visitors, around 20 000 people took part at the festival. Many concerts also happened throughout the festival outside of Tallinn – in Tartu, Viljandi, Pärnu, Haapsalu, Valga, Türi, Narva, Otepää, Rapla and Kuressaare. 


The 25th international Jazzkaar festival can be announced successful. The festival works closely with Estonian National Broadcast. Thanks to its station Klassikaraadio a number of concerts were broadcasted. Special radio shows about Jazzkaar’s history were played at Klassikaraadio, Vikerraado and Raadio 2. Together with the cinema „Sõprus“, a music film week was on before the festival and with the photographers, a few photo exhibitions were shown. 


Jazzkaar was reported by 16 foreign journalists from USA, Canada, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Russia and United Kingdom. Apart from them and the local newscasts, the concerts and events were reported and reviewed by volunteering writers and photographers. All reviews, audience feedbacks, interviews, videos and photo galleries are up on-line at www.jazzkaar.ee and on Jazzkaar’s Facebook page.


Festival’s gold sponsor is Danske Bank. The main sponsors are Eesti Päevaleht, ERGO and KAFO, yearly sponsors are My City Hotel, Tallink, Aktaprint, United Motors and the partners of Marina Pavilion are Prike, RGB Baltic and Tallinna Sadam. The festival was also helped by its cafe partner Reval Cafe, Hansabuss, Eesti Loots, Vendomar and Kodupaber. Festival supporters are City of Tallinn, Estonian Culture Endowment Fund, Estonian Culture Ministry, Embassy of United States of America, Embassy of Spain, Institute of Goethe, L’Institut français d’Estonie, Embassy of Austria, Danish Culture Institute, Pro Helvetia and many cities. The free concert day was supported by Estonian Authors Union and Tallinn’s Sport and Youth Department. The Urban City Project was supported by Tallinn’s Education Department and Estonian Endowment Fund. 


Jazzkaar thanks all of its volunteers, partners and supporters. These amazing emotions for the 20 000 people could only be delivered thanks to your efforts. A huge thank you to the fantastic audience of Jazzkaar – this festival is for you.


Organisers of Jazzkaar 

Anne Erm, Eva Saar, Anu Luik, Ingrid Põldoja, Marju Kask, Merli Antsmaa, Madis Aija, Heiti Kruusmaa, Indrek Makke, Erik Teemägi and more than 100 volunteers.


Until next time!