Concert by Salvador Sobral (Portugal) / Christmas Jazz 2021
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. 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 Armstrong. Jason Hunter Band with soloists Sofia Rubina, Jan Uuspõld and Allan Järve will pay homage to the legendary musician, playing Armstrong’s famous tunes What A Wonderful World, Mack The Knife, Dream 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 Trump, Raul 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.