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Estonian singer to perform with jazz collective, March 11

The University Jazz Composers Collective will present top Estonian vocalist Kadri Voorand in a free concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 11, in Taplin Auditorium, Fine Hall.

The performance, "To and From Estonia With Love," will feature an original composition by Anthony D.J. Branker, conductor of University Jazz Ensembles. Branker wrote "The Eesti Jazz Suite" during his fall 2005 residency as a U.S. Fulbright Scholar and visiting professor at the Estonian Academy of Music in Tallinn.

The concert also will feature compositions and arrangements by Voorand, whose first visit to America is being made possible by a grant from the U.S. State Department with support from the U.S. Embassy in Estonia and the Princeton University Jazz Program. The 20-year-old is recognized as one of Estonia's top jazz singers and was a student of Branker's during his residency at the Estonian Academy of Music. Voorand previously joined the University Jazz Composers Collective during its fall 2006 visit to Estonia, where the group premiered "The Eesti Jazz Suite" in a series of concerts.

Princeton's Jazz Composers Collective consists of alto and soprano saxophonist Irwin Hall, tenor saxophonist Ben Wasserman, pianist Julia Brav, bassist Dean Reynolds and drummer Chuck Staab.

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