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by Martin Longley
The Estonian guitarist Jaak Sooäär reaches his 50th birthday on Monday 25th April, and celebrates by playing a gig at the Jazzkaar festival in Tallinn. Most of Sooäär's prominence in the country, and around the rest of Europe, emanates from his inspired output as an adventurous jazz guitarist, but he has occasionally side-stepped into the realms of rock, folk and classical musics. His recent recorded work and live performance has concentrated on the Sooäär-Ounaskari-Yaralyan trio. Sooäär's latest group ...read more
by Duncan Heining
London Jazz Festival London, UK November 13-22, 2015 Like many city-fests, the London Jazz Festival criss-crosses the town, spanning the River Thames that splits it in two. Two Southbank Centre venues--the Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room--are being refurbished this year, making Kings' Place an even more significant festival stage and bringing the Cadogan Hall near posh" Sloan Square into major service. The festival's programming is, as ever, eclectic and highly creative ...read more
by Daniel Spicer
Estonia is a land of music. Its runic folk song tradition predates the Vikings and its people lift their voices at the slightest provocation. Not surprising, then, that Soviet rule was finally ended in 1991 by the bloodless Singing Revolution --a cycle of mass demonstrations in which a fifth of the population gathered to sing national songs. It's also not surprising that there's now a burgeoning --and very healthy --jazz scene in Estonia, centred around the Jazzkaar international festival, held ...read more