Bassist Peedu Kass moves and grooves with the top names in the Estonian jazz scene. Awarded with the prestigious Elion Young Jazz Talent prize, Peedu’s reputation as Tallinn’s first call bassplayer has grown rapidly. His short career has taken him to share the stage with grammy award winners Mark Gross and Antonio Hart, as well as Django Bates, Lonnie Liston Smith, Tony Allen and the European Jazz Orchestra 2011.
Kass studied double bass at the Tallinn Georg Ots Music College as well as the Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences. He received his Bachelor degree at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre and completed his Master’s in 2014 at the renowned Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland. Besides lessons with Estonian and Scandinavian greats, Peedu has been coached by Matt Penman, Mats Eilertsen, Thomas Morgan, Ulf Krokfors and Anders Jormin among many others.
With multiple influences, Kass has been an active member of the European jazz and contemporary music scene since winning the acclaimed 2006 Sony Jazz Stage Competition at the age of 20, held in Riga, Latvia. Renown for his double bass skills, working from small groups to numerous bigbands and orchestras, session and studio work – Kass has also been active as a composer. Studies with composer Tõnu Kõrvits, led him to writing for chamber ensembles and arranging for strings and horns. The Estonian National Symphony Orchestra (ERSO) commissioned a piece from Kass, which was premiered in March 2012 at the “Estonian Music Days”.
Kass leads several bands, including his piano trio “Peedu Kass Momentum”, which is often summoned to represent Estonian contemporary jazz music. His first solo album “Home” was released in April 2010. The 2nd one – “Armada”, followed shortly in January 2012.
Peedu is a teacher at the TÜ Viljandi Culture Academy and the Chairman of the Estonian Jazz Union.