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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 www.allaboutjazz.com
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 
Baku, Azerbaijan 
October 25-28, 2018 
www.bakujazzfestival.com
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Baku Jazz Festival 2018

REPORTAGE. Baku Jazz Festival 2018 

EXIBITION. Azerbaijan on Jazzahead!

 

25. - 28. April 2019 Bremen 

 

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Rain Sultanov: Putting Baku On The Jazz Map

By IAN PATTERSON FOR www.allaboutjazz.com

"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."

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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).

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BOOK. The History of European Jazz

 

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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

CYCLE

 

ALL ABOUT JAZZ

CD REVIEW

by Ian Patterson

June 17, 2018

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The church organ has been a bit player in jazz history, impacting about as much as an Alfred Hitchcock cameo—blink and you'd miss it. Jan Garbarek and Kjell Johnsen's meditative duo album Aftenland(ECM, 2000) and a trio of gothic jazz recordings by Asaf Sirkis and the Inner Noise spring to mind, but after that you'd really have to dig. Cycle sees Azerbaijan's leading jazz musicians, soprano saxophonist Rain Sultanov embrace the solemnity of church organ in intimate dialogues that, without a doubt, owe a debt to Garbarek and Johnsen's aforementioned collaboration.