Jazz Around the World – 22 April – Russia

джаз филармония холл - © Stan Thomas/Kanale Creations


Welcome to Russia. Russia is a huge country and there are many artists from which to chose. Therefore we will be staying a while longer so we can listen to all of the musicians that will be playing for you today.

You may have noticed that our cover photo for the Jazz Around the World tour is from right here in Russia; St. Petersburg to be exact. My time here was much too short but it certainly was refreshing to see that Jazz hall during my visit; a firm reminder that Jazz truly is an international language.

Starting things off today will be pianist Ivan Farmakovsky. Ivan, as a student, entered several international competitions, eventually winning a prize in 1997 at the Europe Jazz Contest in Belgium. He was discovered by saxman Igor Butman, whom we will hear from later. Let’s bring to the stage Ivan Farmakovsky:


Soul Inside Out


Autumn Waltz


The Way Home



Coming to the stage now is singer Sophie Milman. Sophie is a relative newcomer, having only released her first album in 2004. But it didn’t take long for her talents to be recognized. She won a Juno award in 2008. Welcome now, Sophie Milman:


La Vie En Rose


No More Blues



Next is guitarist/composer Roman Miroshnichenko. Roman is a frequent performer in Jazz festivals around the world and has collaborated and performed with many of the world’s best musicians. Let’s welcome Roman Miroshnichenko:


Summer Night in Gagra


With Daniel Kramer – A blues (no title provided)


With Charlie Bisharat, Mario Olivares, Dominique DiPiazza, and Over Serrano – “Unforgiven”



To close out our festival tonight, let’s bring to the stage tenor saxophonist Igor Butman. Many A-listers of the Jazz world have performed with Igor. His command of several different styles is very impressinve. If a poll was taken to find out who is Russia’s greatest Jazz musician, Igor would top the results. Please welcome, Mr. Igor Butman:


Smoke Gets in Your Eyes




Some Skunk Funk


Map of RussiaThank you for joining us here in Russia. I hope you enjoyed the concert. We’ll meet at the Internet Airport for our flight. Next stop on our Jazz Around the World tour: Bulgaria.

April is Jazz Appreciation Month. Support the artists. Buy their music. Go out and see some live Jazz today.


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