The orchestra's long-term musical partner is the jazz choir HaleBopp Singers with its conductor Lauri Breede, with whom they have performed Duke Ellington's "Sacred Music", rock oratorio "Eversmiling Liberty" and the risotorios "Roheline muna" and "Näärmed" by Alo Mattiisen. Also, the two have participated in the Song Festival of Counties on the Shores of Lake Peipus, held in Elva, and other festivals.
As for visiting conductors, saxophone player Siim Aimla has exerted the greatest influence on the band - in spring 2010 they co-produced a concert programme inspired by Estonian folk music. This programme was later performed at the Viljandi Folk Music Festival (2010) and in Finland (2010) and Germany (2012). As for other conductors and musical partners, saxophone player Raul Sööt deserves a mention for his unique sound and original composition specially written for the band (Uus marss, 2010). The orchestra has studied Latin rhythms under the supervision of May Peters, a Dutch trombone player living in Puerto Rico. Petri Juutilainen, a Finnish trombonist, has given to us an nice overview all classic stars of big-band world with hes pieces. Antti Rissanen, an other Finnish trombonist, has given us overview of modern Finnish big-band music. With percussionist Stephan Genze we enjoyed some German jazz and with conductor Raitis Asmanis we took into our repertoire better pieces from Latvian and Ella Fitsgerald music.
Special place in bands history has taken Vanemuine Theatre, where orchestra participated in production "Moonlight Express" with dancers and string orchestra (stage director and designer Mare Tommingas, coreograph Igor Barberic (Croatia), musical director Tarmo Leinatamm, vocalists Hedvig Hanson, Aivar Tommingas and Uku Suviste, instrumentalsoloists Tanel Avakivi (trumpet) and Marko Mägi ja Roland Mällo (saxophones). On season 2012/2013 there was given 20 performances for more than 7700 visitors.
Big Band Tartu in Kuressaare 29.06.2009
Big Band Tartu has performed with many Estonian solo singers, such as Sofia Rubina, Kreet Stubender, Gerli Padar, Silvi Vrait, Maiken, Kaire Vilgats, Ivo Linna, Uku Suviste and Koit Soasepp. The full list of all of their instrumental soloists is too long to be given here, but the internationally known among them include Steven Mead (euphonium, UK, concerts in 2010 & 2012), Martti Peippo (clarinet and saxophone, Finland, 2010), Johan van der Linden (saxophone, The Netherlands, 2012), Henry Kelder (piano, The Netherlands, 2012) and Bert Langeler (trumpet, The Netherlands/Estonia, 2006-present) as well as world-famous Estonians Lembit Saarsalu, Tiit Paulus and others.
Almost 20 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, 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 http://www.convivo.ee/.
Big Band Tartu 30.12.2017 on the Ball of Vanemuine Theatre with Sofia Rubina
Tartu Junior Big Band on concert 03.01.2005