International Jazz Day in Baku
In November 2011, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) officially designated April 30 as International Jazz Day in order to highlight jazz and its diplomatic role of uniting people in all corners of the globe. International Jazz Day is chaired and led by Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director General, and legendary jazz pianist and composer Herbie Hancock, who serves as a UNESCO Ambassador for Intercultural Dialogue and Chairman of the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz.
Baku will celebrate the İnternational Jazz Day with a big gala concert, which will take place on the stage of the modern center of Mugam. Thousands of spectators will be able to watch the show in a live broadcast with the participation of jazz stars of Azerbaijan and the United States of America. It will be an incredible concert organized by Baku jazz festival, A+A Events, the US Embassy in Azerbaijan, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan, the and Turkish Airlines.
By IAN PATTERSON FOR
November 13, 2018
"With multi-national, cross-cultural collaborations increasingly the norm in jazz - and perhaps its inevitable future identity - the BJF is in a strong geographical position to foster musical and cultural ties between Asian and European nations."
Baku Jazz Festival
October 25-28, 2018
Baku Jazz Festival 2018
REPORTAGE. Baku Jazz Festival 2018
Rain Sultanov: Putting Baku On The Jazz Map
By IAN PATTERSON FOR
"The fact is because Azerbaijan was part of the Soviet Union for many years it wasn’t easy for us, after the 1990s, to declare ourselves as a country, to talk about our jazz history. This is the goal. —Rain Sultanov, saxophonist/Artistic Director, Baku Jazz Festival."
The European Jazz Conference 2018 ended on Sunday 16 September marking an absolute record in attendances:
348 registered delegates from 40 countries in Europe and beyond (including USA, Brazil, Argentina, Australia, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Georgia).
BOOK. The History of European Jazz
EDITED BY FARNCHESCO MARTINELLI
LIVES / FACTS / FESTIVALS
This unprecedented pool of authors makes much of this information available in English for the first time. The chapter from the book of Rain Sultanov "The Jazz History of Azerbaijan” was also included in this Maritinelli’s encyclopedia (red). Further chapters cover related subjects: the history of African-American entertainers before jazz, the cross-national traditions of Gypsy and Jewish music, festivals, films, and avant-garde music. The book also draws on the newly available resources created by the extensive work being done nationally by various jazz archives. Chapters contain in-depth bibliographies, rare photographs and illustrations, and suggested listening lists.
Album release. Rain Sultanov, Isfar Sarabski
ALL ABOUT JAZZ
by Ian Patterson
June 17, 2018