Pop-up jazz concerts organized before the Jazzkaar jazz festival | News

This year, the Jazzkaar urban project focuses mainly on schools and kindergartens.

“The little ones really like to listen and see real live musicians up close, and you have to infect them from an early age with the jazz virus,” said Kerli Peetsalu, project manager of the Jazzkaar urban project, at the ETV news program “Aktuaalne kaamera”. “We were very warmly welcomed by the schools and the students.”

Eduard Kuzovlevi and Elmas Topalova, for example, surprised pupils of the German High School in Tallinn during the break from

One of the students, Gabriela Kubja, admitted that she doesn’t regularly listen to jazz, but it does occasionally make it onto her playlists. “It’s still so nice and different,” she said.

“I do not listen [to jazz] on a regular basis, but it’s very nice for a change,” said Mirjam Kärk, another student. Kärk hadn’t planned to attend Jazzkaar, but after the pop-up gig at school, she’s ready to reconsider.

Pop-up concerts also took place in Tartu on Wednesday and will also be held in Viljandi and Pärnu, among other towns. As well as schools and kindergartens, other venues this year range from Tallinn Zoo and a retirement home to cross-country ski trains, gymnasiums and even Estonian Public Broadcasting (ERR) lifts. .

As in previous years, Jazzkaar brings world-renowned jazz musicians to Estonia.

“Those who love big names in jazz, Kenny Garrett and Dee Dee Bridgewater are definitely world famous jazz stars worth seeing, and Dee Dee B’s daughter China Moses will also be performing a concert” , underlined Maret Mikk, member of the Jazzkaar team. “On two days in a row, you can come and see the mother and daughter play, which is very, very cool.”

Click here for more information on Jazzkaar, including more detailed information on where you can encounter the pop-up concerts in the urban program.

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Willie J. Johnson