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First Russian Jazz Conference Planned for November in St. Petersburg

Jazz Across Borders conference to be held November 17-18, 2017 in St. Petersburg, Russia

Igor Butman, artistic director for Jazz Across Borders
Igor Butman

The Ministry for Culture of Russia, the VI St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum and the Igor Butman Music Group are working together to present the first Russian jazz conference – Jazz Across Borders (JAB) – to be held November 17-18, 2017 at the State Academic Chapel in St. Petersburg.

Jazz Across Borders will be held within the broader event of the VI St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum, organized by the Ministry for Culture of the Russian Federation, the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of St. Petersburg. Like APAP in the U.S. the event features a trade conference, as well as cultural showcases and performances for the public.

“Creation of an extensive jazz forum in Russia is a quite anticipated step,” said Igor Butman, founder and artistic director of JAB, in a press release received at JT. “Our country is rich with the talented jazz musicians and due to JAB, they will get a chance to make themselves known and to present their work to the largest international market players. Now it is possible to say for sure that the time for jazz and its development in all the areas of culture and education in Russia has come.”

Performances include the JAB Showcases (featuring both Russian and international jazz artists), the Jazz Club night (evening shows at various nightclubs around St. Petersburg) and the JAB Gala, which will feature Kurt Elling, Igor Butman and the Moscow Jazz Orchestra in the Main Hall of the State Academic Chapel of St. Petersburg.

The event will combine those musical performances with a program dedicated to the business side of the jazz industry with panel discussions, roundtables, master classes and meetings. Among the confirmed participants in the business program are: Elling; John Beasley; Brice Rosenblum (Winter Jazzfest, NYC); Simon Cooke (Ronnie Scott’s Club, London); Jae Jin In (Jarasum Jazz Festival, South Korea); Carlo Pagnotta (Umbria Jazz Festival); Lee Mergner (JazzTimes); Larry Simpson (Berklee College of Music); Jana Herzen (Motema Music); and many others.

Industry professionals wishing to attend the Jazz Across Borders event should register through the VI St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum site.

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