Tallinn international festival “Jazzkaar” is the biggest jazz festival in the Baltic countries. Jazzkaar 2017 takes place this week, from April 21 till April 30 at Vaba Lava, Punane Maja and Nordea Concert Hall.
Tallinn International Festival “Jazzkaar” is tone of the name cards of Estonian culture and the biggest jazz festival of the Baltic states, taking place since 1990. With an interesting and original program and bold solutions, “Jazzkaar” makes the best jazz festival with the smallest budget in the North. The ten-day festival is the most visited festival in Estonia where over 3000 foreign artists from 60 countries have performed.
“Jazzkaar” has been named among the top festivals in Europe and has freshly been certified with the EFFE stamp of quality for 2015-2016. It is also a member of European Jazz Network that collaborates with other partner festivals in Estonia (e.g. Tallinn Music Week) and abroad (April Jazz, We Jazz, Kaunas Jazz etc). The peak moments of the festival have been covered by journalists from various countries and with the help of Klassikaraadio and EBU transmissions, millions of European jazz lovers have been part of it.
“Jazzkaar 2017” headliner is five-time Grammy winner Dianne Reeves (USA). Reeves, who is known for her great command of rhythm, playful improvisation, and five-octave range, is performing on April 27 at Nordea Concert Hall in Tallinn.
Reeves’s success on her path as a singer has to do with her detailed finesse in performance and fresh choices. She has boldly placed jazz standards to new interpretations. She has not been afraid of the pop era hits, but always performed them in the key of jazz. The jazz diva will perform with her quartet, Peter Martin, Romero Lubambo, Reginald Veal, and Terreon Gully will take the stage with her.
For the second time “Jazzkaar” festival is taking place in Telliskivi Creative City. Jazz party’s events will be taking place in two buildings – Vaba Lava (‘Free Stage’) theatre and the Red Hall carrying a jazz club vibe. Thus there is a chance to create a compact festival area where guests have a reason to enjoy concerts in a row and visit exhibitions, dance shows, take part in jazz talks, participate in master classes, enjoy food and drink, and be part of the additional programs. Vaba Lava and the Red Hall are next to each other in Telliskivi Creative City and they are joined by a walkway created for Jazzkaar in the spring. In the Red Hall, there is a cafeteria, an exhibition, a cozy lounge, ticket center, and wardrobe. It’s easy to get to the festival area – with public transport, on foot, and by bicycle.
There are quite a number of concerts and performances happening within the festival in Tallinn. Additional information on performers and concerts are available at the festival’s website https://www.jazzkaar.ee.