Participants 2024
... are here !!!

Sat 2nd of March 2024 at 15
on bridge of Estonian National Museum in Tartu (Estonia)

City Jazz Riga jazz school Big Band (Latvia)
conductors Karlis Vanags, Karlis Alfreds Feldbergs, 
vocal soloists Jete Rebeka Strazdina, Marks Vilenskiset
Tartu Saksikoor, leader Toomas Peterson
Big Band Tartu, guest conductor Roger Johansen (Norway) 
vocal soloist Kreet Stubender

Sun 3rd of March 2024 at 13
on bridge of Estonian National Museum in Tartu (Estonia)

Eller Big Bandconductor Tanel Aavakivi
Piirilinna Big Bandconductor Gunars Gedu¹evs (Valmiera, Latvia) 
Uku Konsap Big Bandleader Uku Konsap

Sun 3rd of March 2024 at 19
in cultural center Kaja in Tallinn (Estonia)

TalTech Big Band (conductor Bianca Rantala)
Horre Zeiger Big Band (conductor Toomas Tutt)

City Jazz Riga jazz school big band (Latvia)
is led by saxophonist and composer, Latvian Radio Big Band leader and artistic director Karlis Vanags; saxophonist and Latvian Radio Big Band CEO Davis Jurka; and trombonist, Latvian Radio Big Band musician Kar¶is Alfreds Feldbergs
Special guests: singers Jete Rebeka Strazdina and Marks Vilenskis.

The concert program features compositions and arrangements by iconic jazz composers (Frank Sinatra, Toots Thielmanns, Count Basie, Quincy Jones, Thad Jones, etc.), showing the energetic and colourful sound of the jazz big band in its fullness.

City Jazz Riga jazz school offers music enthusiasts, regardless their level of preparation, a training program that includes playing in a jazz big band, as well as learning improvisation and music theory.
"The training program was created in 2010 to promote the development of jazz music in Latvia. Since then it has been possible to create a practical teaching system that covers all the necessary knowledge and, in a relatively short time, allows its members fully express themselves in the genre of jazz music. Several former members of the jazz school continue their careers as professional musicians. It is the proof that our system really works," says the founder of the jazz school, Karlis Vanags.

Any interested person with basic skills in playing the saxophone, trumpet, trombone, guitar, piano, bass or drums can join the jazz school team.

City Jazz Riga jazz school big band

Uku Konsap Big Band 
Uku Konsap is a young Estonian saxophonist who gathered his big band for the first time in the spring of 2022. The band includes the best young jazz musicians from Southern Estonia, some "veterans" also join in. The orchestra focuses primarily on beat music and playing together, but does not forget the jazz and swing roots of big band music.
Uku Konsap Big Band

Big Band Tartu 
brings since 1998 together active people with a keen interest in music who, even though they are professionally engaged in a variety of fields from marine biology and landscape design to music-teaching and financial management, have a sincere desire to perform and present relaxing jazz music in Tartu and beyond.

Almost 25 years of making music, the orchestra has given a number of concerts and performed at many festivals in Estonia (the Viljandi Folk Music Festival, Student Jazz, Tabasalu Big Band Fest, Rainbow Jazz, Võsu Viis, Mürtsub Pill and more), Finland (Tampere 2015, Imatra Big Band Festival 2014 and 2022, Turun Taiteiden Yö 2010 and Lahden Jazzitori 2010), Latvia and Lithuania (Vilnius Band 2003 and Trakai Fanfare Week 2009). 2016 we participated in Netherlands, Hoofddorp in Corendon MeerJazz 20th International Big Band Competition and took from there the 3rd place in 1st class (candidates over 200 bands). Big Band Tartu performs at an average of 20-30 concerts, dance evenings and other events each year. For more information on the band and its recordings and history, see

In our 26th season, we concentrate to Norwegian music, because the cooperation between the European capitals of culture Tartu 2024 and Bodø 2024 has also reached the grassroots and orchestras of the cities. That's why we also have Roger Johansen, a jazz drummer, composer, conductor of the Bodø Big Band and organizer of the Open Jazz Bodø jazz festival, both with his own compositions and other great music.

Big Band Tartu on 25.birthday at 11th of March 2023 in Estonian National Museum - photo Silver Gutmann

Eller Big Band
Under the guidance of Tanel Aavakivi, there is an orchestra made up of students of the Tartu Music School named after Heino Eller. The main task of EBB is the learning process - we get to know different musical styles and repertoire. We mostly perform at school-related events - assessments, exams and annual tribute concerts. We have also participated in the wind instrument festival "Mürtsub pill" and the big band festival "Happy Big Band Weekend".
Eller Big Band

Piirilinna Big Band 
operates in the city of Valga and started its activities in year 2003 in rooms of the Valga Music School under the leadership of Tanel Soovares.

The orchestra unites active music-loving people of different ages and from different proffessions, finding time to make music alongside work, study and family, both in Valga and outside, performing timeless jazz music in all its styles. The orchestra has had several successful concerts in Estonia and abroad - in Germany, Sweden and Latvia.

The number of members of the band is currently around seventeen people, the vocal soloist is Kaidi Kuusk. As is typical for a border town, players from the Latvian side often join in. Autumn 2023 conductor Gunars Gedu¹evs from Valmiera (Latvia) took over leading the band. Previously, José Antonio Page Ramirez led the team.
Piirilinna Big Band

Tartu Sax Choir 
was born on the initiative of maestro Lembit Saarsalu and with the modest help of the Salvador Sax Quartet in January 2003, when on the occasion of Lembit Saarsalu's 55th birthday, all the halls of the Estonian Concert were toured. The choir is trying to deepen the passion for playing the saxophone, especially among young players, so that even after 120 years, playing the saxophone will appeal to young people as an enjoyable alternative. As a result of the work done, several nice neck-wearing saxophone ensembles have started in Tartu, and listeners and players have been infected with enthusiasm, both in their home country of Estonia and behind the track.

During the 20th season, songs in different styles and from different centuries have been played and not limited to lighter music. The concerts have been presented specifically with both renaissance program and folk music, choral music inspired by song festivals, jazz improvisation and rock are not left untouched.

They have performed together with many collectives, including choirs led by Lauri Breede and Big Band Tartu. The cooperation with the Tartu French Horn Choir and the Clarinet Choir of the Tartu 1st Music School, with whom the Choir ClarSaxHorn formed together, performs immortal works by Handel and Mozart, in the future also by J.S.Bach, Aadu Regi and many others. Recordings and history can be found at

TalTech Big Band started in April 2009, when the first rehearsal took place in the VI building of the University of Technology Tallinn. Basically, it was about students who had previously played together in different orchestras. After some experimentation with the line-up, the band became a classic big band that plays mood, classic ballroom and just dance music - styles disco, rock, swing, jazz, etc.

The orchestra operates mainly in Tallinn, but over time we have toured Estonia. From time to time we have also visited various festivals in neighboring and nearby countries. The team includes builders, energetics, geniuses, other comedians as well as young people studying music at a higher level. Lecturers have also gone through the collective.

The orchestra is leaded by Teet Raik and Kristina Bianca Rantala.

TalTech Big Band

Horre Zeiger Big Band
On October 12, 1954, Horre Zeiger (1932–2013) formed a self-titled big band in the Nõmme Kultuurimaja, where played only eight musicians in the beginning.

Today, the Horre Zeiger BigBand has been active for a total of 68 years, and the band has grown to 17 members. Collaborations have been made with several well-known musicians, including Silvi Vrait, Helgi Sallo, Voldemar Kuslap and others. They have performed in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Stockholm, the former German Democratic Republic, Ashgabat, Latvia, Lithuania and elsewhere. After the departure of Horre Zeiger, the orchestra was led by Tiit Varts, and from the beginning of 2019, the orchestra is led by Toomas Tutt.

According to Liina Amon, director of the Nõmme Cultural Center, the Horre Zeiger Big Band is an exceptional jazz orchestra on the Estonian music scene. The band has been playing together for 68 years, and for the last 20 years again at the Nõmme Cultural Center.

Horre Zeiger Big Band
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