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Mark Turner & Alexander Mashin GroupZJAZZ Quartet
"Volcano" GroupIrina Rodiles
Emil Ibrahim & FriendsSevda Alekperzade

from June 22

The next, the third in a row Baku International Jazz Festival was held from the 7th of June 2007 to the 14th. As in the past years the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Azerbaijan, the Ministry of Youth and Sport of Azerbaijan, Friends of Azerbaijan Culture Foundation and Baku Jazz Center were the organizers of the Festival...>>>

Releases

Press-Release from May 23, Year 2007 The next Baku International Jazz Festival will start in the capital of Azerbaijan on June 7. Organizers of the Festival are the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Azerbaijan, Azerbaijan Republic Ministry of Youth and Sport, Friends of Azerbaijan Culture Fund and Baku Jazz Center. Jazz superstars of the world will take part in the festival just like in the previous ones. It should be mentioned that the quality level of the Festival gets higher every year – and this year the level of musicians and groups participating in the Festival is very high. For the first time 11 foreign groups will participate in the Festival and our guests will hold 6 master classes within the framework of the Festival. 4 concert stages of Azerbaijan have been chosen for the Festival participants to perform: Opera and Ballet Theater, Baku Jazz Center, Philharmonic House and Green Theater. And just within the framework of our Festival superstars of the world jazz will perform on the stage of the Green Theater which has been opened after reconstruction recently. As always, program of the Festival includes daily jam sessions in the Jazz Center – this year they are going to be particularly interesting. What’s more, specifically for the Festival Baku Jazz Center installed the newest equipment which gives excellent sound quality. It also should be mentioned that prices for this year festival events will be much lower the previous ones. Festival organizers prepared a surprise for bakunians and guests of our city: Aziza Mustafazade will give a solo concert on the stage of the Opera and Ballet Theater.

As it was the previous year, the Festival will open a gala-concert at Green Theatre which can be visited by anybody. The gala-concert will begin at 21:00.

Young musicians will get on the stage of the Jazz Center on June 8 at 16:00 – and like it was on the previous Festival they will perform for two days. At 18:30 in the Jazz Center there will be a performance of quartet of one of the leaders of Moscow jazz stage, professor of the Russian Gnesin Music Academy, merited artist of Russia Alexander Oseychuk, with participation of assistant professor of Gnesin Music Academy sax player Janna Ilmer. At 21:00 in the Opera and Ballet Theater – a concert of very much expected in her home city, daughter of our great jazz pianist and composer Vagif Mustafazade – Aziza.

The events of the Festival on June 9 will be held in Green Theatre. Representative of one of the strongest and competent in Europe Polish jazz schools vocalist Grzegorz Karnas with his quintet will perform for bakunians at 18:30. ZJAZZ quartet from USA will get on the Green Theatre stage at 21:00. The quartet is leaded by our compatriot, grandson of our famous composer Kara Karayev, clarinet player Zulfugar Baghirov. The group leader and all the musicians are graduates of one of the most competent institutions in jazz world – Berkley jazz college. Performance of "Orient Xpress" group at 19:30 on the stage of the Jazz Center.

Performance of the youngest participant of the Festival – graduate of Bul-Bul Musical School – pianist Isfar Sarabskiy with his new program will be held at the Jazz Center on June 10 at 16:00. Besides jazz musicians his group will include naghara player Natik Shirinov. New York Volcano quartet leaded by Turkish guitarist living in USA Yavuz Akyazichi will get on the stage of the Philharmonic House at 18:30. It should be mentioned that musicians of his quartet have colossal experience – this is one of the most powerful groups by composition. One of the leaders of Hungarian jazz stage Djabe fusion-group that plays unique music in which the elements of jazz are mixed with various parts of Hungarian and World' music will get on the stage of the Green Theatre at 21:00. Performance of guitarist Rafig Velimetov from Baku with his group at 19:30 on the stage of the Jazz Center.

Our guest from USA Billy Cobem, one of the greatest drummers in the history of jazz will hold his master class in the Jazz Center on June 11. That day concert program will be in Green Theatre – MosGorTrio group from Moscow (including well known to bakunians pianist Yakov Okun, drummer Alexander Mashin and bass Anton Revnuk) will get on the stage at 18:30 along with experienced sax player from USA Mark Turner. Producer of the Festival and Art Director of the Jazz Center Emil Ibrahim with his friends, who traditionally include Alexander Mashin, will get on the stage of the Green Theatre at 21:00.

June 12 will be one of the fancy days for jazz fans: sax player and vocalist from France Clair Michelle with her quartet will get on the stage of the Jazz Center at 18:30. It should be mentioned that the quartet plays music of Nu Jazz and is a mix of acoustic jazz with elements of modern electronic music. Shain Novrasli’s trio will get on the stage of the Philharmonic House at 19:30, and the group will include well known to bakunians bass player Newton Peck from USA and drummer Alexander Mashin. However, there’s no doubt that the main concert of the day will be at the Green Theater: Billy Cobem and his "Culture Mix" project will get on the stage at 21:00. Fantastic techniques of this musician, quintet’s music full of energy and power will become a deserving part of the Festival. Jazz admirers impatiently expect to meet famous ex-drummer of the Mahavishnu Orchestra and participant of Miles Davis’s jazz-rock session Bitches Brew.

The next day pianist Emil Mammadov will get on the stage of the Philharmonic House, and two festival concert will be held on the stage of the Philharmonic House. An experienced jazz vocalist from Holland Denise Jannah will get on the stage at 18:00 – three of her solo albums were issued by one of the best labels in jazz world Blue Note. Then pianist Emil Mammadov will get on the stage. Guitarist from USA Hiram Bullock – on the stage of the Green Theater at 21:00. In his assets he has many records and concert performances all around the world, many solo albums recorded in different styles. Bullock’s concert performances are characterized by a very high energetic and dynamic funk-music.

And finally, Baku International Jazz Festival will end its work on June 14 – its closing ceremony will also be held in the Green Theater.

Activity of Baku International Jazz Festival will be highlighted in detail on its official web site www.festval.jazz.az – here you will find daily press releases and photos from all the festival events. Besides, the Festival will be highlighted by AzTV company – daily after midnight this channel will broadcast Festival Diary.