For the 21st time, the Tallinn International festival Jazzkaar will present the best sounds of today

15. February 2010

There will be more than 40 concerts in 10 days, with performers from Europe, America and Asia. The headliners of Jazzkaar 2010 are the highly acclaimed jazz vocalist Dianne Reeves (USA), the legendary keyboard wizard George Duke (USA), the open-minded bassist and composer Avishai Cohen (Israel) and the Spanish new fusion-flamenco star Concha Buika.

In addition to the featured artists, the programme of Jazzkaar 2010 includes the jazz guitarist Wolfgang Muthspiel from Austria, the guitarist Ulf Wakenius and the vocalist Lina Nyberg from Sweden, the German trombone player Nils Wogram, the noisy quartet Ploctones from the Netherlands, the pianist Leszek Moždžer from Poland, the singer Youn Sun Nah from Korea, the Japanese club music project JazzTronik, the 13-year-old pianist Gadi Lehavi from Israel and many more.
The festival will start with an opening party, including the performers DJ Alexander Barck from Jazzanova, the energetic Jean Louis Trio from France, and the new Estonian groove-band Lin’s System.

Many young talented Estonian musicians are participating in the Festival this year: Kristjan Mazurchak, Marti Tärn, Kadri Voorand, Peedu Kass, Kristjan Randalu, Tuuli Taul et al. The European Broadcasting Union will broadcast the concert of the Villu Veski – Tiit Kalluste quintet, 'The Best of Nordic Sounds'; in addition, a number of concerts will be broadcast locally by Klassikaraadio.
As is traditional, the Sunday of Art and Music will take place on 25 April, when music lovers can visit concerts in various museums and art galleries in Tallinn. Kirtana Rasa, Helin-Mari Arder, Eva Mitreikina and Sergei Pedersen are among the performers of these art and music concerts. Also, a concert by Jazz Painting and a morning 'birdsong' concert will take place.

For the fourth year in a row, we are celebrating Jazz Month during April. The aim is to bring jazz to the widest possible audience. Many activities are planned, including an exhibition of jazz posters, public interviews with Estonian jazz musicians, jazz brunches, the concert of Jazz Painting and Jazz Cinema. This year’s jazz ambassador will be Dianne Reeves, who will present the Estonian Jazz Awards. The Jazz Awards will be given to a distinguished jazz musician, to a young talent and to a jazz promoter.
The gold sponsor of the festival is Estonia's largest telecommunications company, Elion, which also sponsors the Jazz Awards.

The main sponsors of the festival are Eesti Päevaleht, the ERGO insurance company and the Sokos Hotel Viru. This season's sponsors are Aktaprint, Estonian Air, Tallink and Info-Auto.
There has been really significant support from several embassies and foreign institutions.

Tickets to the festival will be sold in Piletilevi, Statoil and over the Internet at beginning 15 February. Ticket info +372 666 0030 or

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See you in April!

The Jazzkaar team