Biography

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.

 


 

"Kass demonstrated no shortage of chops...but never in anything less than service of the music, something he demonstrated even more decidedly when his trio-mates left the stage and he delivered a solo version of Charles Mingus' "Goodbye Porkpie Hat." Beyond evolving personal techniques and a clear understanding of the song, Kass evoked a visceral, bluesy feel that laid waste to any claims of American proprietary ownership."
John Kelman, AllAboutJazz.com

"The biggest applause, from this Estonian audience, was reserved for bassist Peedu Kass, winner of the 2010 Elion Young Jazz Talent Award. The bassist's opening solo at near the end of the second set, on "The Icebreaker's Son," was a folk-tinged combination of near-strummed pizzicato and soaring arco that proved Kass was as strong a contender on double-bass as he was, elsewhere in the set, on electric."

John Kelman, AllAboutJazz.com

 

"Touted bass prospect Peedu Kass delivered a strong set with his 005 quintet. Sometimes when almost everybody is trying to find a new direction the sounds can get strained. In sticking to a standard form for his small hall appearance, Kass pulled a nice, unusual move and provided a welcome escape from too much innovation overload. Kass didn't try to be too pushy, he just did his job, very well."

Phillip Woolever, AllAboutJazz.com

"Peedu "The Cat" Kass, my bass player, is wh at I would call the heart and pulse of my band. He strives for excellence and perfection with every note played. Like his nickname "the cat," he is graceful on the bass with his lines and grooves."
Lee Pearson