Jazzkaar Festival

Jazzkaar Festival

Late April
The Jazzkaar Festival is a 10-day celebration of jazz music held annually in late April in Tallinn, Estonia. Begun in 1990, Jazzkaar culminates the country's observance of international Jazz Appreciation Month and is the largest music festival devoted exclusively to jazz music in the Baltic region of northern Europe. Concerts and associated events are organized and overseen by the Jazzkaar Friends Society.
Performers represent a broad range of jazz variations, including Latin and Middle Eastern traditions, fusion, world beat, and American standards. Over the years more than 3,000 musicians from 40 countries have performed at the festival, and headlining acts in 2008 hailed from Australia, Benin, Brazil, Canada, Iceland, Israel, Spain, Sweden, and the United States, among other countries. The program also showcases numerous musicians from the host country, Estonia. Concerts take place in a range of venues throughout Tallinn, including clubs, cafes, museums, churches, and theaters. In addition to scheduled performances, additional program events include music competitions, student recitals, lectures, workshops, and special programming on national radio and television. Informal jam sessions often occur at the performance venues after hours and continue late into the night.
CONTACTS:
Jazzkaar
Gonsiori 21
Tallinn 10147 Estonia
www.jazzkaar.ee/eng
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