Event date: 01.08.2019 - 04.08.2019
The anniversary Sochi Jazz Festival show will be held in the main resort city of the country from August 1 to August 4, 2019! Sochi is again in joyful anticipation of the musical parade led by Igor Butman, open concerts on Flag Square, performances to be given by key characters of the world jazz on the stages of the Winter theater and Festivalniy concert hall, creative meetings, jam sessions and an incredible atmosphere of the music festival for everyone.
The headliners of the Anniversary Festival will be the trio of an American vocalist Jane Monheit, an outstanding singer, guitarist and composer Allan Harris and his band, the State jazz orchestra of Armenia, the legend of jazz fusion Spyro Gyra group and the permanent residents of the festival Igor Butman and Moscow Jazz Orchestra.
On August 2, the Winter theater will feature the trio of one of the most famous jazz vocalists of the USA – Jane Monheit and Igor Butman's Quintet.
Today Jane is known as one of the stars of the first magnitude on the American jazz scene. She masterfully combines genres and styles, which makes her music well recognizable. Her debut album Never Never Land (2000) stayed on the Billboard jazz charts for over a year and was declared the best recording of 2000 by the international Association of jazz journalists. Since then, she has released 11 more records, each of which has become a notable event in the music world. To date, Jane has won two Grammy nominations, a regular presence on the Billboard jazz chart, worked in collaboration with major stars of the genre Michael Buble, Freddie Cole, Quincy Jones and others, and recorded soundtracks for popular movies (“Sky captain and the world of tomorrow”, “Don't let me go”).
In 1999 Igor Butman founded his famous Orchestra, Quartet and Quintet, which for almost two decades toured hundreds of cities around the world. Since its Foundation, the Quintet has been known as the trademark of Russian jazz. The artistes were invited to perform in the Kremlin in the presence of the leaders of two countries – the US President Bill Clinton and the President of Russia Vladimir Putin, and before the Chinese President Jiang Zemin. During the years of its existence the collective participated in festivals in Germany, France, Italy, Finland, Bulgaria and Turkey, played on the best concert venues in the world. The band toured in the USA, Canada, Israel, India, performed in the most famous jazz clubs: Birdland, Smoke, Regattabar and many others. Members of the quintet include the saxophonist Igor Butman, the pianist Oleg Akkuratov, the contrabassist Sergei Korchagin, the guitarist Eugene Pobozhiy and the drum player Eduard Zizak.
On August 3, Allan Harris and his Band, as well as the State Jazz Orchestra of Armenia under the baton of Armen Usnunts will present their programs at the Winter theater during the Festival.
Allan Harris is an outstanding American singer, guitarist and composer. For the last 20 years, Allan has maintained a reputation as one of the best vocalists of his era: he has recorded more than a dozen albums covering a wide range of different genres of jazz music. He is known to the broad public for his unique voice and original interpretations of jazz standards.
The musician made a name for himself on the New York scene at the end of the last century. He has credits on his joint performances and recordings with Abbey Lincoln, a Wynton Marsalis, Tommy Flanagan, Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Brown, Mark Whitfield, Clark Terry, Roger Humphries, Kristina McBride and many others.
Allan Harris’ creativity had won him many prestigious awards: both musical and theatrical. He is a two-time winner of the New York Nightlife award in the Outstanding jazz vocalist category, and in December 2015 Allan Harris was recognized as the Rising Star - Male Vocalist by critics of the influential DownBeat jazz magazine. Created in 1938, the State jazz orchestra of Armenia became one of the first state supported big bands on the territory of the Soviet Union. The first head of Gosdzhaz of the Armenian SSR was composer Artemiy Ayvazyan. The all-Union and even international fame of the Armenian band was largely associated with the name of the composer Konstantin Orbelian, who headed the orchestra in 1956. The orchestra performed in more than 40 countries and was the first Soviet jazz big band to tour the United States in 1975. At the same time, in 1975, the famous jazz critic John Wasserman called the performance of the Armenian musicians “jazz with Oriental flavor”.
During its existence, the orchestra has won the respect of professionals and great love of the public both at home and abroad. Today the Gosjazz Band is managed by Honored artist of Armenia, composer and saxophonist Armen Usnunts.
On August 4, the legendary band Spyro Gyra and the permanent headliners of the Sochi Jazz Festival Igor Butman and the Moscow Jazz Orchestra will perform at the festival gala concert.
The band Spyro Gyra is a twelve-time nominee for the Grammy award and, of course, one of the most popular and commercially successful bands in the genres of jazz fusion and smooth jazz. The group was founded in 1974 and to this day continues its active concert activity, performing in the United States and around the world, being a frequent and welcome guest at major music festivals.
Refined and attractive eclectic Spyro Gyra’s style is a combination of light jazz sound with elements of funk, R&B, world music and elegant tones of Latin music brought the musicians worldwide fame.
Almost every album of the band became a significant event in the music world. The 1980 Catching The Sun and Carnaval records reached the gold status, the albums Freetime and Incognito were in the top ten of Billboard's Jazz Album. Confirming the reputation of a unique and highly professional team on the modern jazz scene for four decades, the Spyro Gyra musicians demonstrate a truly inexhaustible creative potential by each of their new work.
Marcus Miller, Chieli Minucci, Steve Gadd, Howard Levy, Manolo Badrena, David Mann, Tom Scott, Richard Tee, Russell Ferrante, Toots Thielemans, Jorge Dalto in different years participated in recording Spyro Gyra albums.
In 2019, Moscow Jazz Orchestra celebrates its 20th Anniversary. Over the years, the team has established itself as one of the leading orchestras in the world and the main catalyst for the development of jazz art in Russia. For 20 years, the musicians regularly represent our country at the most prestigious festivals in Europe, Asia and America. In October 2017, the Orchestra became the headliner of the World Festival of Youth and Students. In 2018, the big band became the first orchestra in the world to perform at the main jazz event of the planet the International jazz Day All-Star Global Concert. In the past five years alone, the Orchestra, named the virtuoso constellation by the famous magazine JazzTimes, has given more than 500 concerts in Russia, as well as repeatedly performed in South Korea, India, China, Italy, Canada, France, Great Britain, Latvia, Germany and the United States. The orchestra performed at the best concert venues in the world with such legendary jazz performers as Dee Dee Bridgewater, Natalie Cole, New York Voices, Kevin mahogany, George Benson, Gino Vanelli, Winton Marsalis, Larry Corriell, Billy Cobham, Bill Evans, Randy Brecker, Joe Lovano, Gary Burton, Toots Tillemans, Curt Elling, Patty Austin and many others.
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