AZERBAIJAN IN JAZZAHEAD. 14 YEARS
Jazzahead! has been held since 2006, and since then is considered a significant event in the world of jazz music, and the most important one for europe. a nicely designed exhibition, where the sound of improvisation is heard in every corner, is a source of inspiration for musicians from different countries. During the four-day exchange of information, the crazy scale of the organization could interest the visitors. being an eastern oil-rich country, which became even more famous thanks to the recently held eurovision contest, we drew the attention of those who came to see what was knew.
And there were stories about the birth of jazz in Baku in the early 30s, the tragic fate of musicians who perished in the great purge and the ban on jazz. all this caused a big surprise and delight at the same time, since no one expected baku to be a place where jazz music was played already at the beginning of the last century.
Jazz Dunyasi released a new cd, a collection of works entitled jazz from azerbaijan specially for the exhibition. the making of this cd, as well as of Rain Sultanov’s album live were sponsored by the ceo of
A + A Mr.Rauf Aliyev, to whom we express our gratitude! cds were passed to all who wished to become better acquainted with our music, and read the magazine to find out what is happening in jazz, both in baku and in the world. Jazzahead 2020 is a unique event for the world of jazz, combining the festival spirit, the serious nature of the conference, the great variety of the exhibitions and the energy of club performances.
Concerts of artists from different countries needed to be attended, where little-known but interesting bands demonstrated their skill in the genre worth comparing to that of international stars.
This year’s forum was held under the flag of israel , and the most prominent representative of that country was avishai cohen with his trio. saying that the concert was good is like saying nothing. avishai demonstrated great mastery of the instrument, and the program was mainly made up of his own compositions and traditional jewish motifs. the stunningly beautiful concert was thought out and well-performed, from the greeting to the farewell bow. the audience demanded an encore, stomping and unwilling to let him go. a farewell performance of remember reminded that the next day is was the last one of the grand forum.
Indeed, just the figures from the festival lead us to understand how large-scale this year’s event was: more than 7,000 participants, including 2,250 professional jazz-makers, 500 exhibitors, among them representatives of music labels, promoters, media, publishers, and many others coming from 31 countries of the world and giving about 70 concerts in just four days!
Participants come here from year to year, as they are certain that this exhibition is of great benefit. it enables them to move and grow, opens doors for communication and exchange, and features new names from new participant countries.
I am sure that Azerbaijan’s participation did not go unnoticed, for since our arrival, letters, CD's and magazines keep coming in the mail.