There aren’t many venues in the world that are as versatile as Teater NO99. Located in Tallinn, only a couple of kilometers from the Baltic Sea, it showcases a cast of talented actors, presents the country’s finest jazz musicians and serves excellent food. There’s no doubt, Teater NO99 is all about great live performances!
Since the mid-2000s, Teater NO99 has been Tallinn’s center for high-quality theatre plays, good food and a stage for the Estonian jazz scene. Serving primarily as a theatre, which produced its first play in 2005, the venue also features a café-restaurant with food prepared by popular chef Riho Heinmets and, most importantly, a jazz club.
Top-Notch National and International Jazz
Since the establishment of the Estonian Jazz Union (Eesti Jazzliit) 10 years ago, Teatre NO99 has been one of the country’s most prestigious stages for both local and international jazz artists. Founded by Estonian jazz musicians, Eesti Jazzliit has promoted Estonian jazz in Estonia – with some 140 yearly concerts organized in venues in Tallinn, Tartu, Rakvere, Viljandi, Kuressare and Pärnu – and abroad.
Every jazz enthusiast in the Estonian capital know that, if you want to listen to great jazz acts, Teatre NO99 is the place to be. Every Friday from 10 pm, some of the country’s finest jazzmen and women – as well as Scandinavian and international guests – put their skills on display in a club that is famous for its modestly elegant architecture, casual atmosphere and excellent acoustics. It can get really crowded on Friday nights, so, in order to get good seats, booking is recommended.
During the Tallinn International Festival Jazzkaar, the biggest jazz festival organized in the Baltics since 1990, Teatre No99 serves as one of the central venues. Jazzkaar is an incredible success story, as it manages to create a rich and interesting program despite having the smallest budget in the Nordic countries. Money has never stopped this ten-day popular event, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this month. With over 3,000 performers from 60 different countries, jazz fans know that, during Jazzkaar, Tallinn becomes Northern Europe’s jazz capital.
In the past, Jazzkaar has brought to Teatre No99 critically-acclaimed international stars like drummer Brian Melvin, known for his work with the legendary Jaco Pastorius. This year, the festival will bring a talented group of jazz artists to Teatre No99, including French pianist Stephan Oliva, Austrian singer and pianist Susana Sawoff, saxophone rising star Hanna Paulsberg, modern jazz trio out of Switzerland VEIN with special guest Greg Osby and poet, storyteller and musician James Dalton.
Pianist and composer Tõnu Naissoo, known for his performances in Europe, Japan and the US – where has been one of soloist of Alfred Schnittke’s First Symphony premiers with the Boston Symphony Orchestra/Gennady Rozhdestvenski – and singer Kadri Voorand are two of the local heroes that will step on the Teatre No99’s stage during Jazzkaar 2014.
To learn more about Jazzkaar 2014 check out Jazzkaar 2014: Baltic Jazz Celebration!
Café-Restaurant and Theatre
Teater No99 is not only the venue that presents cool live jazz every Friday. In fact, it’s also one of Tallinn’s most popular theatres. Directors Tiit Ojasoo and Ene-Liis Semper and the permanent 7-member troupe of actors are the heart and soul of the theatre. At least three new plays are produced each season, making Teater No99 the premier choice for all those interested in this form of art.
In recent years, several productions have been notably successful internationally and have been featured in about thirty reputable international festivals, including Wiener Festwochen, Cut & Paste 2 (HAU, Berlin) and St. Petersbug’s Baltic House.
And to really do it all, Teatre No99 also hosts its own café-restaurant. The à la carte menu based on Estonian recipes includes only pure and fresh ingredients. Whether you come to eat before an evening show, to stay until late or you stop by for a quick lunch or supper, you will love what popular chef Rimo Heinmets will prepare for you. The café-restaurant opens at 10 am and serves lunch from 12 until 4 pm.
Whether you are into theatre, you want to enjoy fresh, good-quality food or you are up for exciting Friday night live jazz, Teatre NO99 will surprise you. Impressive interiors and a casual and very welcoming atmosphere makes it the number 1 choice for jazz fans, theatre enthusiasts and good cuisine lovers living in or visiting Tallinn.
Sakala 3, Tallinn