International jazz stars in Estonia!

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International jazz stars in Estonia!

The 22th Christmas Jazz Festival takes place from 24 November to 13 December and brings concerts of the world's finest jazz stars and European jazz talents to the northern winter. Here are a few musical highlights that could brighten up your days before Christmas.

Christmas Jazz is an intimate festival suitable for the festive season that fills churches, concert halls and clubs with beautiful jazz for two weeks, from the end of November to the beginning of December. This is a perfect opportunity to discover a magical Christmas-themed Tallinn during the day and the world's finest jazz artists in the evening.

  • Organ: Maria Faust is well known for her elaborate and crazy ideas. This time, an organ has been added to the Maria Faust Sacrum Facere project.
  • Ragtime: Marcin Masecki from Poland performs skilful and playful ragtime, which he himself discovered when visiting Disneyland as a child.
  • Falsetto: Tom Adams for the United Kingdom has a magical, almost otherworldly voice. His career got started in an unusual fashion when he was invited to the stage at a Nils Frahm concert as a random member of the audience and the audience was instantly enraptured by his wonderful voice.
  • High and strong: Värttina from out neighbouring country will give a truly powerful performance on Finland's Independence Day. Our own jazz star Kardi Voorand will perform as a special guest.
  • Drums: a good band needs a great drummer. During this year's Christmas Jazz, one of the world's most significant drummers, Simon Phillips, will perform with his band, as will Jochen Rueckert and our own beloved Reigo Ahven. By the way, in addition to singing, Vinx has also played the drums.
  • Southern passion: the headliners of this year's Christmas Jazz – Stacey Kent and Tim Tomlinson with the Estonian Dream Big Band – will treat the audience with Latin American vibes and bossa novas. Dance-inducing rhythms can also be heard at the performance of the EMTA Big Band, led by the Finnish conductor Jere Laukkanen, and at the concerts of Hernan Romero, Kestutis Vaiginis and Carmen Estevez.
  • Dark-Disney: it's beautiful and sweet, yet has a subtle unnerving quality. The style of ALA.NI is filled with nostalgia and beauty, but it is also modern and exciting – dark-Disney.
  • Jimi Hendrix: the electric guitar sound would not be the same had there been no Jimi Hendrix. His famous and not so well known music will be performed by Robert Linna, Jaak Sooäär, Henno Kelp and Kristjan Kallas.

These are only a few of the festival treats that will warm your heart and brighten your mind. Check out the entire programme at

Last updated : 16.07.2018

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