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Estonian Jazz Star Jaak Sooaar Returns to Pittsburgh

Jazz Poetry Month (16th)

The Jaak Sooäär Trio
+ Poet Kai Aareleid

Tuesday, September 15th
7:00 pm

The Jaak Sooäär Trio made their US debut in Pittsburgh during Jazz Poetry 2016, and we’re still talking about the incredible concert experience. So, when we decided to commission new work and in-language poetry collaborations with international musicians for virtual Jazz Poetry 2020, we were excited to invite Jaak back.

Their 2020 concert is filmed in an Estonian jazz club and is sweetly melodic. It includes a powerful collaboration with poet, Kai Aareleid, named the “2019 Estonian author of the year.”  Tuning in on Tuesday September 15th will transport you from your couch right to Estonia—what could be a better way to spend your Tuesday?

Jaak Sooaar Trio

Jaak Sooäär has been a prominent member of the Estonian music scene since 1989, ranging in styles from jazz to rock and folk to classical. In 1999, Sooäär toured with The European Jazz Youth Orchestra and, in 2003, took part in the EBU Big Band in Istanbul. In 2007 Sooäär was the first jazz musician to get Estonian Annual Jazz Prize. He has also recieved annual prize of Estonian Culture Endownment (Eesti Kultuurkapital) both in 2007 and 2018. He is one of the founders of Estonian Jazz Union which has promoted jazz very successfully in Estonia and Estonian jazz abroad.

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City of Asylum (2017)

International Jazz Poetry Month Kick-off

Tom Rainey Trio

Thursday, September 7th
7:00 pm

The Tom Rainey Trio will be performing in Philadelphia on September 16th, but you can catch them a week earlier (and for FREE) right here in Pittsburgh as the opening program of Jazz Poetry Month!

This is a concert no jazz lover should miss — three world-class musicians at the top of their game. We could not think of a better way to open our month-long jazz celebration.

Tom Rainey Trio

Drummer and bandleader Tom Rainey has long been one of the most in-demand and influential drummers on the avant-garde scene. Known for his “off kilter” style, this trio is the perfect embodiment of his music. It hovers so tightly between composition and free improvisation that it gives the illusion of being completely arranged and intensely practiced.

Ingrid Laubrock (saxophone) and Mary Halvorson (guitar) are also powerhouses. Ingrid is known for her textural nuance, an intellectual player who also can let go with abandon. And many of us know Mary from several appearances at City of Asylum– with Thumbscrew, Stephan Crump, and as a soloist.

These three musicians have been described as “sonic adventurers significantly extending the lexicons of their instruments.” Translate this as: Together, they play a seamless improvised jazz that sounds like nothing else.

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Did you know that there is a restaurant in City of Asylum @ Alphabet City? During these events, Alphabet City will be set up so that you can have dinner during the event (or simply order drinks).

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