About the festival
Viimsi Happy Jazz Festival started in 2015 and since it is building up proffessional jazz scene for local and international community.
Number of wonderful international bands and musicians have performed on festival stages with great success. Trumpeters Leroy Jones, Jon Marshall and James Morrison, vocalists Tricia Boutte, Andrea Motis, clarinetist Antti Sarpila, saxophonist Dennis Pashkevich to name a few.
Main part in the festival’s program is still played by Estonian greats.
Welcome to our festival concerts and jam sessions loaded with great music and good food.
Thank you, who support us and work with us!
2021 LINE UP
Jaak Oserov, Roland Karu & Police And Border Guard OrchestraEST
Jaak Oserov - trumpet, flugel
Roland Karu - tenor saxophone
Riivo Jõgi - conductor
Police And Border Guard Orchestra CLICK FOR MORE
POLICE AND BORDER GUARD ORCHESTRA, conductor Riivo Jõgi,
is a professional wind orchestra operating in the administrative area of the Ministry of the Interior, with a staff of 34 people. The predecessor of the orchestra is the Tallinn Police Officers’ Association Wind Orchestra, established in 1928, which was suspended in 1940. In 1992, the Police Orchestra and the Border Guard Orchestra were founded in the newly independent Estonia. In 2010, when the Police and Border Guard Board was established, the two orchestras were merged and the orchestra was renamed the Police and Border Guard Orchestra. The conductors of the orchestra have always been Johannes Kostabi (1928-1940), Kaido Kodumäe (Police Orchestra 1992-2010) and Major Arvi Miido (Border Guard Orchestra and Police and Border Guard Orchestra 1992-2014). The Police and Border Guard Orchestra performs at events, ceremonies and anniversaries of the Police and Border Guard Board and the Internal Defense Academy. He also performs in concert halls and schools and collaborates with several Estonian vocal and instrumental soloists and ensembles. Concert tours have taken place in many European countries, but also in North America and Australia.
The first trumpet of Estonian big band music, Jaak Oserov, has been one of the cornerstones of professional big band music in Estonia for many years. He has played in the Estonian Radio Big Band and the Estonian Radio Pop Orchestra. He is one of the founding members of the Estonian Dream Bigband and the first trumpet of the orchestra, in addition he is the concertmaster of the Estonian Police and Border Guard Orchestra and the Bigband. Oserov has also played in the Finnish representative band UMO, has led the Police Big Band and is actively involved in training young trumpetists.
Roland Karu belongs to the top of Estonian saxophonists. He is a valued musician in many ensembles, for example, in duos with various singers and guitarists, but also in solo performances. Roland has been playing in the Police and Border Guard Orchestra and its big band since 2009.
Alessio Menconi - quitar (Italy)
Anna Zavorina - bass (Russia)
Aivar Vassiljev - drums (Estonia) CLICK FOR MORE
Alessio Menconi is an italian guitarist born in Genoa. He approached guitar when he was 10 as selftaught. Cosidered a prodigy, he start 1986 is professional career with best italian musicians. In 1992 he won the award as “Best Soloist” in Gran Prix du Jazz”.
In 1993 he participated in “Eddie Lang festival”contest (the most important competitions for guitarists in Italy), winning the first prize as best italian jazz guitarist.
He plays in Europe, Asia, Africa, north, center and south America and recorded over 40 cds with several musicians. In 1995 Paolo Conte called him to play in several world tours until 2004 and he recorded four cds. In the same period Billy Cobham wanted him since to play with him in several concerts.
In the same year, he have been selected in Paris to play with “ONJ” (orchestre national du jazz) In 2003, He participated as only italian to the cd “Voodoo crossing-a tribute to Jimi Hendrix” with Robben Ford, Steve Lukather, Hiram Bullock ,Larry Coryell and many others.
Lately is leaded of his own trio and of his solo project with whom jus made cds, and he is the jazz guitar teacher in the conservatory of music “Paganini” of Genoa and he wrote four books of jazz guitar.
He is one of much important and wanted guitar player in Italy and other countries in Europe.
He takes “Jazz lighthouse” 2009 Career award. In 2011 he was included in a cd compilation of world best jazz guitarist as only italian. In the same year, “Jazz It” magazine put his record “Sketches of Miles” in the best 100 jazz records of the world.
Anna Zavorina was born in Siberia, where she started to play violin at the age of 7. Studied at Chopin’s music college, played in many symphonic orchestras.
After graduation she moved to Saint-Petersburg where she became interested in jazz music, inspired by Charles Mingus and Esperanza Spalding she discovered double bass and singing.
Afterwards she participated in many musical contests such as “Autumn Marathon” (special diploma), “Lady in Jazz” (grand prix), “Petrojazz” (special price), J&M Voices (first prize).
Seeking new experiences she got the opportunity to study at the conservatory in Amsterdam with teacher Frans van der Hoeven. At the moment she is working on her debut album.
Emil Rutiku Blues BandEST
Emil Rutiku - vocal
Raul Ukareda - guitar
Argo Toomel - bass
Peep Kallas - drums. CLICK FOR MORE
Emil Rutiku is known as an energetic TV and evening host, actor and civil society activist, but his career has always been about music.
Emil has sung for 33 years in the band Compromise Blue and participated in countless other music projects.
As a raucous and extremely charismatic showman, he has been compared to Tom Waits, Howlin ‘Wolf, Omar Dykes and even James Brown.
Emil himself thinks, that ERBB is like a form of active holiday. A reason to meet friends and deal with what you like. The ensemble includes Emil Rutiku – vocals, Raul Ukareda – guitar, Argo Toomel – bass and Peep Kallas – drums.
Viimsi Music School StudentsEST
Soloists, Ensembles, Jazz Band CLICK FOR MORE
On November 5, young soloists, ensembles and the Jazzband of the Viimsi Music School will perform at the Viimsi and Haabneeme school hall.
Jazzband has been active at Viimsi Music School for over fifteen years. During this time, the composition has been renewed several times. So again this year. Once again, it is a great pleasure to perform in Viimsi schools and offer great music at the concert “From Youth to Youth”.
Mandy Gaines - vocal (USA)
Lasse Hirvi - piano (Finland)
Pekka Toivanen - saxophone (Finland)
Wade Mikkola - bass (Finland)
Aivar Vassiljev - drums (Estonia) CLICK FOR MORE
Mandy Gaines is a talented, versatile vocalist and entertainer, with more than 30 years of professional experience who has entertained and delighted audiences throughout the world.
Her performances are generally viewed as refreshing, soulful and exciting. From 1988 to the present, she has continued to improve and grow through her gifted interpretations of Jazz, R&B and Soul classics as well as writing and performing her original works.
Throughout her career Mandy has performed with such Jazz greats as Wynton Marsalis, Dany Doriz, Randy Brecker, Scott Hamilton, ElDee Young, Red Holt, Rhoda Scott, Deborah Brown, Brad Leali, Leroy Jones, Bryan Lynch, Keith Loftis, Marcus Printup, Wendell Brunious, Vincent Gardner, Larry Price, Wes “warm daddy” Anderson, Michael Stanton and Victor Gaskin.
Mandy has performed all over the world with various orchestras, big bands and small groups in Europe, Russia and Far East, and most recently with The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, performing the Mid-Century Songbook of Jazz and Blues
Mandy was just recently inducted into the Cincinnati Jazz Hall of Fame for her high-level extensive work and experience performing Jazz music.
As the theme for the 2021 Viimsi Happy Jazz Festival is “Blues”, the program for Mandy and her group will be selected from the material of the famous jazzy blues singers of the 1920’s and 30’s, like ‘Bessie’ Smith, Ethel Waters, Alberta Hunter, Lena Horne etc.
Paul Neitsov - guitar CLICK FOR MORE
The guitar virtuoso from Tartu has had a solo career, but has also performed in the ensembles Svjata Vatra, Sireli, Wilhelm and various duos.
Among other things, Paul is the winner of the 2015 Tiit Paulus Young Guitar Player Award.
Recently, Paul Neitsov is performing as “a man like an orchestra” – alone on stage, with a guitar around his neck,with 10 fingers charming the audience almost like real world-famous songs by Metallica, the Beatles, Queen, Sting, Eric Clapton, Prince, Rammstein and others.
Lembe Lokk - vocal, guitar (France)
Francois Puyalto - bass (France)
Michel Schick - clarinet, ukulele, harmonica (France) CLICK FOR MORE
Lembe Lokk’s singing career is very diverse: she has cultivated free improvisation, jazz and also performed contemporary and baroque music. She has performed with international jazz performers such as David Rothenberg, Korhan Erel, Charlie Rauh and Peter Herbert.
Lokk has created music for both theater productions and short films (eg works by Eva Pervolovic, Eléonore de Montesquiou, Ingrid Hübscher). In parallel with music, she has performed as an actor in contemporary theater productions and participated in international festivals as a performance artist.
On the scene of contemporary French theater, her regular collaborators are Nadège Prugnard (M.A.M.A.E., Alcool, un petit coin de Paradis) and Marie-do Fréval (Banquet des mariées, La Bancale se balance, Cabaret de Selfies). Texts and word usage play an important role in Lokk’s work. Her versatile use of voice reflects his extensive experience in very diverse stage projects. In 2018, she spoke at the inspiration conference of TEDx Tallinn Prison. In 2018, the prestigious Académie Charles Cros in France recognized her with the Creativity Award for his short album “Comment te traduire”. The Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has acknowledged with a letter of thanks her work in disseminating Estonian culture in the world. The program of the festival will feature the program “Secret Chords” from the music of Leonhard Cohen. In addition to Lembe, the trio consists of Francois Puyalto on bass and Michel Schick on clarinet, ukulele and harmonica.
Tõnu Naissoo Hammond Trio feat. Gasan BagirovEST - RU
Tõnu Naissoo - hammond b3 (Estonia)
Gasan Bagirov - guitar (Russia)
Ahto Abner - drums (Estonia) CLICK FOR MORE
His study a classical piano began at age seven. His father, Uno Naissoo (1928 – 1980), was composer, educator and organizer of Tallinn jazz festivals. About ten years old, Tõnu started to play free improvisations on piano. After studies at Tallinn Music School and Tallinn State Conservatory he got scholarship from Berklee College of Music (USA) in 1989.
His debut took place with his trio at the International Jazz Festival „Tallinn 1967“ when he was 16 year old. Next year (1968) he recorded his first LP: „Tõnu Naissoo Trio“ (Melodiya). As a solo pianist his first performances took place in 1971 in Novgorod and in Leningrad (Russia). After some years of silence in jazz field – he was a keyboardist in the instrumental ensemble of the pop-showgroup „Laine“ (1972–76) – he started again perform in a trio format in 1977. After success with his trio at the jazz festival „Thbilisi 78“ (Georgia), he was invited to perform in many former Soviet Union´s major jazz festivals including Riga (Latvia), Donetsk (Ukraine), Leningrad, Yaroslavl (Russia), Baku (Azerbaijan) and Birštonas (Lithuania). He gave also solo concerts with his quartet and was a frequent guest as a solo pianist at concerts in Minsk (Belorussia), Leningrad (St. Petersburg) and Moscow. In 1980s he also started to play abroad including clubs and jazz festivals in Hungary, Cuba, Finland, Belgium, West-Germany, France and USA.
He has played with such internationally well-known jazz musicians and groups like Gebhard Ullman, Michel Marre, Yves Teicher, Jens Winther, Bob Moses, Dennis Rowland, Ted Curson, Vladimir Tarasov, Ulf Krokfors, Brian Melvin, Ryo Kawasaki, UMO Big Band and the New York Voices to name a few. He has been a pianist of several international projects, such as the EBU Big Band (Pori Jazz 1985, Finland); Trio Thomas Eckert (Switzerland) – Vyatcheslav Gaivoronsky (Russia) – Tõnu Naissoo (Turku Jazz 1992, Finland); The Baltic Trio: Egil Straume-Vladimir Tarasov-Tõnu Naissoo (Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival 1992, Germany); Vladimir Tarasov`s Baltic Art Orchestra (Jazz Baltica and Münster Jazz Festival 1994, Germany). He has been a piano soloist at the premiere of Alfred Schnittke`s 1st Symphony in USA (1988) by Boston Symphony Orchestra (cond. Gennady Rozhdestvensky) and in Holland (1991) by Rotterdam Philarmonic Orchestra (cond. Gennady Rozhdestvensky). He has also co-operated with Riga`s String Quartet. In 2002 he played solo piano at the 6th Jazz Pianists Festival in Prague in concert with Adam Makowicz and John Taylor. In 2004 he played a series of concerts in Prague with an intrnational avant-garde group (under leadership of George Haslam) including musicians from England, Czech Republic, Slovak Republic and Hungary. In 2006 and 2008 he toured in Czech Republic with the Freetime Quartet and in 2006 he played solo piano and with the Georg Haslam Sextet in Great Britain at the Marlborough Jazz Festval. In 2007,2008 and 2011 he toured in Japan with his piano trio and in 2009 had solo piano concerts.
In his interpretation, Tõnu Naissoo combines several trends of jazz, while including also principles of classical music into his improvisations.
He has been interested in electric keyboards since late 1960s. He had used them mainly in film and theatre music but also in jazz-rock and electric jazz projects. Also performances with DJ-s he plays on his various electric keyboards and Moog synthesizers. In recent years he started more actively to play on Hammond organ.
Since 2005 he has released 11 CDs in Japan under Atelier Sawano label (distr. in USA by Eastwind Import).
He has been performed in such famous concert halls like Tchaikovky Concert Hall in Moscow, Kapella in St. Petersburg, Boston Symphony Hall, DeDoelen in Rotterdam, Rudolfinum in Prague, Holywell Music Room in Oxford and Orchard Hall in Tokyo.
Tõnu Naissoo has written music for his own groups, big band, scores for numerous films (including feature films), theatre and TV productions and also chamber and choir music.
Since 2001 he teaches a jazz piano (associate prof.) at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre.
Tickets to Viimsi Happy Jazz Festival concerts are on sale online www.ticketline.ee and 1 hour before the event at concert venues.
Viimsi Happy Jazz Festival ticket information (+372)5026507 and email@example.com
Discount is available for students, university students, pensioners, ITIC card holders and people with special needs with a proof of eligibility for discount (asked on location).
Children up to 6 years (including) get free entry unless stated otherwise in the concert information. Children without a ticket will not be granted a seat.
Youth under the age of 16 can attend evening concerts (from 23:00) only with an accompanying adult.
Groups starting from 10 people can get discount, ask for quotation from firstname.lastname@example.org
Festival contcerts will take place at
Viimsi Library / Randvere tee 9, Haabneeme, 74001
Restaurant “Ribi” / Sõpruse tee 9, Haabneeme, 74001
Rannarahva Muuseum / Nurme tee 3, Pringi küla, 74011
Viimsi Cultural Centre / Nelgi Tee 1, Viimsi, 74001
Viimsi Scool hall / Randvere tee 8, Haabneeme, 74001
Haabneeme Scool hall / Randvere tee 18, Haabneeme, 74001
Viimsi Saint Jacob Church / Nurme tee 2, Haabneeme, 74011
Parking is free by the concert places.
Public transport and hotels
From Tallin you can reach us by busses 1A and 114. By car or taxi it takes about 30 minutes.
There are very nice hotels in the centre of Viimsi, largest are HOTEL LAVENDEL and Viimsi SPA
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