Jazzkaar Festival

Tallinn International Festival Jazzkaar is tone of the name cards of Estonian culture and the biggest jazz festival of the Baltic states, taking place since 1990. With an interesting and original program and bold solutions, Jazzkaar makes the best jazz festival with the smallest budget in the North. The ten-day festival Jazzkaar is the most visited festival in Estonia where over 3000 foreign artists from 60 countries have performed.

The peak moments of the festival have been covered by journalists from various countries and with the help of Klassikaraadio and EBU transmissions, millions of European jazz lovers have been part of it. Spring 2015 Jazzkaar festival was visited by 21 000 music lovers, which is an all-time record.

Estonian music industry chose Jazzkaar 2015 as the best music festival in Estonia. Jazzkaar has been named among the top festivals in Europe and has freshly been certified with the EFFE stamp of quality for 2015-2016. Jazzkaar is also a member of European Jazz Network that collaborates with other partner festivals in Estonia (e.g. Tallinn Music Week) and abroad (April Jazz, We Jazz, Kaunas Jazz etc).

In addition to the grand festival in the spring, MTÜ Jazzkaare Sõprade Ühing also organizes Jõulujazz (Christmas jazz) festival. Jõulujazz is an intimate two-week festival well-fitted into the season, that fills churches, concert halls, and clubs in the end of November and beginning of December with beautiful jazz music. In addition to that, the team also organizes concert seasons Talvejazz (Winter jazz), and Sügisjazz (Autumn jazz). Have a look here.

The biggest stars who have played at Jazzkaar are Bobby McFerrin (2011), Angie Stone (2009), Chick Corea (2012, 1994), Dianne Reeves (2010), Jan Garbarek (2012, 2003, 1997), Richard Bona (2014, 2011, 2003, 2002), John Scofield (2015, 2004), Charles Lloyd (2013, 2005, 1997, 1967), Bill Frisell (2014), Gregory Porter (2015, 2013), Pat Metheny (2014) and many others.

Artistic Director:
Anne Erm
Pärnu mnt 30-5
10141 Tallinn
Phone: +372 666 0030
Fax: +372 666 0030


Jazzkaar 2017! Tallinn - full of jazz!

by Jazzkaar Festival on Fri, 21/04/2017 - 17:20
Awarded with the title Estonian Best Music Festival, the Tallinn international festival Jazzkaar is taking place on April 21st - 30. In the 28th year of its existence the heart of the festival will once again be a creative hotspot of Tallinn, the Telliskivi Creative City. The headliners of Jazzkaar 2017 are 5 time Grammy-... read more


by Jazzkaar Festival on Mon, 27/02/2017 - 18:27
21.-30.04.2017 Tallinn, Estonia Jazzkaar is a ten-day festival in April presenting the hottest international and local jazz talents and filling the whole country with great sounds and activities. Jazzkaar is the biggest jazz festival in the Baltics, held in Tallinn, the capital of Estonia since 1990. It has been granted... read more

Christmas Jazz in Tallinn, Estonia

by Jazzkaar Festival on Wed, 14/12/2016 - 11:13
CHRISTMAS JAZZ TALLINN, ESTONIA 23.11 - 8.12.2016 Christmas Jazz is a two-week international intimate and serene-sounding festival during the Holidays in end of November and beginning of December. The Festival organises numerous concerts with varied programs at churches, clubs and concert halls. Lineup in 2016 includes Take 6... read more

The line-up of Festival Jazzkaar 2016 now announced!

by Jazzkaar Festival on Tue, 19/04/2016 - 09:31
Awarded with the title Estonian Best Music Festival, the Tallinn international festival Jazzkaar announced its full line-up. In the 27th year of its existence the heart of the festival will once again be a creative hotspot of Tallinn, the Telliskivi Creative City. All jazz fans are welcome at several venues from April 22 to... read more

Jazzkaar brought together a record number of jazz friends

by Jazzkaar Festival on Tue, 28/04/2015 - 11:12
During ten spring days 17 - 26 April, the 26th Tallinn International Festival Jazzkaar brought joy to over 21.000 music lovers all over Estonia with 200 events. Happening for the first time at Telliskivi Creative City, the new home of the festival was well received by both musicians as well as the audience. Concerts took place... read more

International jazz in Tallinn: Jazzkaar Festival 2015

by Jazzkaar Festival on Mon, 20/04/2015 - 13:51
The 26th Jazzkaar festival is taking place between the 17th and 26th April 2015, brining some of the most innovative and world-class jazz in Tallinn, Estonia. Jazzkaar, a member of the Europe Jazz Network (EJN), features 10 days of great concerts on the Tallinn harbour, together with jazz awards and a urban project on the... read more

Jazzkaar 2015, Tallinn, Estonia - April 17-26

by Jazzkaar Festival on Mon, 02/03/2015 - 10:12
Jazzkaar is the biggest jazz festival in the Baltic States (held since 1990). The festival presents more than fifty concerts all around Estonia. Jazzkaar’s home is in Telliskivi - accommodates up to one thousand listeners and cosy cafes, exhibitions, recreational areas. The festival program also includes the concerts with... read more


by Jazzkaar Festival on Tue, 14/10/2014 - 10:33
CHRISTMAS JAZZ FESTIVAL 2014 on Wednesday, 08 October 2014. Jazzkaar News Christmas Jazz Festival 2014 19th International Christmas Jazz Festival organized by Jazzkaar will take place November 23rd –December 15th all over Estonia. Christmas Jazz Festival headliners are singer-bassist Richard Bona and Latin Grammy... read more


by Jazzkaar Festival on Mon, 10/03/2014 - 10:32
JAZZKAAR INVITES TO ITS 25TH BIRTHDAY! on Monday, 17 February 2014. Posted in English Jazzkaar News The largest jazz festival in the Baltic States Jazzkaar invites to its 25th birthday in April. Festival’s program is now public, tickets are on sale. Festival will be opened by the first ever performance of composer... read more

24th JAZZKAAR FESTIVAL - Tallinn - Estonia - 19/28 April 2013

by Jazzkaar Festival on Wed, 17/04/2013 - 18:31
On Friday, Jazzkaar starts for the 24th time in Tallinn. The international music festival presents artists from 14 countries giving 60 concerts in 11 different towns. In Tallinn, jazz can be heard on every corner. Musicians are going to surprise the citizens and guests at the airport, in trams and on streets. On 21st April,... read more


by Jazzkaar Festival on Thu, 17/01/2013 - 19:16
The concerts of Winter Jazz from February 1st to March 24th offer new meetings, exciting discoveries, fresh sounds and albums. The focus is on the Nordic and Estonian. The most loved events of Winter Jazz will be the concert dedicated to the 90th birthday of the Grand Old Man of Estonian jazz Valter Ojakäär. The... read more


by Jazzkaar Festival on Thu, 17/01/2013 - 19:13
24th Tallinn International Festival Jazzkaar 2013 taking place from April 19th to 28th is honored to announce three headliners –American composer and sax legend Charles Lloyd, young and energetic Japanese piano virtuoso Hiromi and the jazz star of the new generation Gregory Porter. From 2013 the new main sponsor of the... read more