Saint Petersburg - Jazz Capital 2018
The most important Jazz Festival of 2018 dedicated to the Day of Jazz is going to be conducted in Russian northern capital. Saint Petersburg was elected by international jury out of 18 countries struggling for the honor of hosting this outstanding musical event. Thus the huge impact of Russian musicians in the jazz cultivation was recognized.
On April 30 Saint Petersburg will be dancing in the rhythm of classical well-known jazz melodies and absolutely new jazz passages.
"There is no doubt that decision on conducting The International Jazz Day of 2018 in Saint Petersburg will make all the jazz musicians and jazz lovers of our city happy. Historically our city is one of those places in Russia where jazz was born and and has been evolving, sometimes spontaneously and in spite of everything. Art of jazz of Northern Capital is well-known in our country and far abroad," - noticed David Goloshchekin, National artist of Russia, art director of Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Hall.
International Jazz Day was founded by UNESCO in 2011. This festival is meant to attract attention to this musical genre, stimulate intercultural dialogue, supporting mutual respect and understanding and uniting people from all around the world.
The festival already starts today welcoming visitors to enjoy open-air concerts in Alexandrovsky garden. The culmination of the event will be the gala-concert of jazz world stars that will take place on April 30 on the stage of Mariinsky-2. This is going to be the 7th time to unite hundreds of cultures and music styles gathering world famous jazz musicians from all over the world on one stage: pianist Herbie Hancock, the event’s music director, pianist John Beasley, as well as Gilad Hekselman, Gayang Li, Anatoly Kroll, Dianne Reeves, Branford Marsalis, David Goloschokin, Danilo Pérez, Horacio Hernandez, Lee Ritenour, James Morrison, James Genus, Ben Williams, Marcus Miller, Joey DeFrancesco, Kurt Elling, Igor Butman, Cyrille Aimée, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Vadim Eilenkrig, Till Brönner, Terri Lyne Carrington, Taku Hirano, the Manhattan Transfer, Oleg Akkuratov, Robert Glasper, Makoto Ozone, Oleg Butman, Hassan Jakmoun, Fatoumata Diawara, Antonio Farao and others.