Free Jazz Concert Celebrates Republic of Estonia Anniversary

Posted: February 13, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The Tõnu Naissoo Jazz Quartet, with vocalist Anna Põldvee, will perform at the Fairfax Campus on Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 8 p.m. in Harris Theater.

The concert tour of this internationally renowned group throughout the United States and Canada is sponsored by the Estonian government and celebrates of the 90th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia.

Camille Barry, MSN ’86, PhD ’92, and her husband, Tanel Beeren, facilitated the arrangements for this free concert at Mason, which was organized by the Foreign Mission of Estonia.

Tickets are free and may be picked up at the Center for the Arts Box Office.

The Tõnu Naissoo jazz group plays the music of Uno Naissoo, founder of Estonian folk-jazz, organizer of the first Estonian jazz festivals in the 1950s and multi-instrumentalist who played in many jazz groups.

Naissoo was influenced by West Coast jazz – Gerry Mulligan, Jimmy Giuffre and Dave Brubeck, as well as Miles Davis and Stan Kenton. He also had a strong attachment to the standards and their interpreters, primarily the Hi-Lo’s and Ella Fitzgerald.

Among pianists his favorites were Erroll Garner and Oscar Peterson. His creative “cuisine” consisted of these influences and his own uniquely Estonian additions.

The quartet consists of composer and jazz pianist-keyboardist Tõnu Naissoo, son of Uno Naissoo; clarinet and bass-clarinet player Meelis Vind; double-bass player Taavo Remmel; and drummer Toomas Rull.

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