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Jazz Around the World – 25 April – Azerbaijan

Posted in Blog, Jazz, Music with tags , , , , , , , , , on Friday, 25 April 2014, by Stan

джаз филармония холл - © Stan Thomas/Kanale Creations


Welcome to Azerbaijan. We are extremely fortunate today to have royalty in the house.

We have two musicians waiting to perform for you today; both are extremely fluent in expressing their culture through Jazz. Both are well known for their mastery of a style of music known as mugam, a complex, ancient style of music found in Central Asia, the Middle East and Turkey.

To open our concert today, please welcome saxophonist/composer Rain Alladin oglu Sultanov:


Baki Xatireleri

Trail of my Dream


City of Jazz





Coming to the stage now is a lady known internationally as The Princess of Jazz. After recording the “Dance of Fire” album with her, guitarist Al DiMeola said, “Her music has much more meaning for me than just straight ahead Jazz because what I hear is her culture. I hear Azerbaijan.” Welcome, none other than singer/pianist/composer Aziza Mustafa Zadeh:


The Princess of Jazz (Sorry, I don’t read Azeri yet so I don’t know what the real title of this song is)




Dance of Fire


It Ain’t Necessarily So



Map of AzerbaijanThank you for joining us here in Azerbaijan. I hope you enjoyed the concert. We’ll meet at the Internet Airport for an overnight flight. Next stop on our Jazz Around the World tour: India.

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