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Christmas Jazz 2021 to welcome international stars and present new music by local artists

From 25 November to 14 December, Christmas Jazz 2021 will delight the fans of different music styles with a brilliant programme featuring three tribute concerts and presenting the latest albums by international jazz stars Salvador Sobral and Marc Ribot. Today and tomorrow, tickets for the already announced concerts can be purchased at 50 per cent discount.
Taking place for the 26th time, this year’s Christmas Jazz will feature musicians from seven countries at concerts in Tallinn, Tartu, Viljandi, Pärnu and Põlva. The main festival programme includes world-class artists representing a range of styles, from vocal jazz to rock music. Salvador Sobral, the winner of the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest, has already won the hearts of Estonian listeners with his sold-out concerts in Tallinn and Tartu in 2018. This time he will present his new album, bpm, recorded with a jazz band and released this summer. Legendary American guitarist Marc Ribot will perform at Christmas Jazz with his band, Marc Ribot’s Ceramic Dog, presenting their album Hope, also released this year. The award-winning German-French-English trio Daniel Erdmann’s Velvet Revolution has found inspiration for their music from the turbulent events around the world. At Christmas Jazz they will be joined by Jaak Sooäär as guest artist.

The programme of Christmas Jazz includes three concerts dedicated to world-famous musicians of the past century. This year marks 120 years since the birth and 50 years since the death of one of America’s most beloved jazz musicians, trumpeter and singer Louis ArmstrongJason Hunter Band with soloists Sofia RubinaJan Uuspõld and Allan Järve will pay homage to the legendary musician, playing Armstrong’s famous tunes What A Wonderful WorldMack The KnifeDream A Little Dream among others in new arrangements. On 1 December, 70 years will pass since the birth of Jaco Pastorius, one of the most special and influential jazz bass guitarists in the world. Brilliant Estonian bassists Janno TrumpRaul Vaigla and Mihkel Mälgand will pay homage to the talent who died only at the age of 35, performing their favourite songs by Pastorius with a band. Liina Saar will give a heartfelt performance of the music from the iconic album Waltz for Debby, a collaboration between the Swedish film and jazz star Monica Zetterlund and the legendary pianist Bill Evans with his trio. Several songs will be performed in Estonian for the first time, with lyrics translated by Jan Kaus.

Many other musicians too will make a holiday gift for their listeners, performing music from their recent albums. Dancing on the frequencies of electronic pop music, jonas.f.k will introduce his new album TLL.02. While usually performing in duo with multi-instrumentalist Jan Soovik, this time the musicians will be joined by percussionist Caspar Salo and vocalists Ellip and Kostja Tsõbulevski. Known for their passionate spontaneity and exciting improvisations, the Estrada Orchestra will play music from their new atmospheric album Playground in addition to earlier songs, and UMA, having transformed from a duo into a trio, will present their fifth album, Wishing Well for the first time in Tallinn.

Jazz lovers will be also delighted with special concerts by Pillikud, whose musical inspiration ranges from folk culture to jazz; Trio Maag with the Spanish singer Isabel Bermejo, taking us on an adventure in Latin American soundscapes; and Tobias Tammearu Trio, breaking the boundaries of traditional jazz trio.
In order to ensure a safe festival experience, only visitors who have passed the infection safety check can attend to the concerts in accordance with the established regulations. Christmas Jazz 2021 welcomes people who have completed a vaccination course or have recovered from COVID-19 in the past six months.

The 26th Christmas Jazz 2021 festival will nourish our souls from 25 November to 14 December. Please see the festival programme and introductions of the artists on our website. Tickets for Christmas Jazz 2021 can be purchased at Piletilevi sales points and online at www.piletilevi.ee. Today and tomorrow, tickets for the already announced concerts can be purchased at 50 per cent discount.

The main sponsors of Christmas Jazz are JURA, Jazz Pesulad and Eesti Päevaleht. Our annual sponsors are BMW Inchcape, Tallink and Aktaprint. We are also supported by Reval Café and Estonian Public Broadcasting. The French Institute will help us bring the musicians of their country to Estonia. We would like to thank the Ministry of Culture, the Cultural Endowment of Estonia and the City of Tallinn for their support.
Programme of Christmas Jazz 2021: 
Daniel Erdmann Velvet Revolution feat. Jaak Sooäär (Germany–France–UK–Estonia); Estrada Orchestra; Jason Hunter Band feat. Sofia Rubina, Jan Uuspõld, Allan Järve, In the Footprints of Louis Armstrong; Janno Trump, Raul Vaigla, Mihkel Mälgand & Band, Tribute to Jaco Pastorius; jonas.f.k; Liina Saar, Tribute to Monica Zetterlund; Marc Ribot’s Ceramic Dog, Hope (USA); Pillikud; Salvador Sobral (Spain); Tobias Tammearu Trio; Trio Maag & Isabel Bermejo (Estonia–Spain); UMA feat. Markku Ounaskari