Jazz.Ru Magazine, April 3, 2018 (original Russian):
On April 28, 29, and 30, the International Jazz Day comes to Russia: this year, the UNESCO official celebration is hosted by St. Petersburg. The April 30 Gala event with Herbie Hancock, Dianne Reeves, Branford Marsalis, Igor Butman and dozens of world jazz stars will take place at the New Stage in the Mariinsky Theater.
On April 2, the program of the forthcoming 2018 International Jazz Day official celebration in St. Petersburg was revealed at a press conference in Moscow. Speakers included world-renowned saxophonist, bandleader, and producer Igor Butman; Grigory Ordzhonikidze, Secretary-General at the Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO; and Vladimir Medinsky, Russia’s Minister of culture. From St. Petersburg, local government’s Committee for Culture Vice-Chairman Aleksandr Voronko and the artistic director at the St. Petersburg State Jazz Philharmonic Hall, multi-instrumentalist David Goloschokin, joined the press conference via video channel.
St. Petersburg has been appointed the International Jazz Day 2018 Global Host City by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) last year. The IJD program on April 28, 29, and 30 will include open concerts at indoor and outdoor venues, panel discussions, workshops, talks and lectures on jazz, film screenings, art and photo exhibitions, educational events, jam sessions at several of the St. Petersburg excellent jazz clubs (Dom 7, The Hat Bar, White Nights Music Joint, JFC Jazz Club etc.,) and The All-Star Global Concert Gala. The latter will be hosted at the New Stage in the Mariinsky Theater. Built in 2013, the 2,000-seats venue is one of the best-equipped theaters in the world.
The line-up of the Gala will include a wide array of jazz artists from all over the world, including the UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Intercultural Dialogue, pianist Herbie Hancock, the event’s music director, pianist John Beasley, as well as Gilad Hekselman, Gayang Li, Anatoly Kroll, Dianne Reeves, Branford Marsalis, David Goloschokin, Danilo Pérez, Horacio Hernandez, Lee Ritenour, James Morrison, James Genus, Ben Williams, Marcus Miller, Joey DeFrancesco, Kurt Elling, Igor Butman, Cyrille Aimée, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Vadim Eilenkrig, Till Brönner, Terri Lyne Carrington, Taku Hirano, the Manhattan Transfer, Oleg Akkuratov, Robert Glasper, Makoto Ozone, Oleg Butman, Hassan Jakmoun, Fatoumata Diawara, Antonio Farao and others. Planned, promoted and produced by the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, the Gala will be the final event of the International Jazz Day, in turn a culmination of the Jazz Appreciation Month, which draws public attention to jazz and its extraordinary heritage throughout April.