Valery Ponomaryov: Koktebel Jazz Party is a world-class festival

Valery Ponomaryov: Koktebel Jazz Party is a world-class festival

Koktebel Jazz Party is a world-class festival and the world will come to recognize this soon, jazz trumpet player Valery Ponomaryov, a festival headliner, declared at a news conference. "I get the impression that someone did a lot of thinking about organizing the festival, about making both the musicians and the audience happy," Ponomaryov said.

The musicians who've come to the festival from around the world will tell their home audiences about this awesome music event so that it will get huge publicity, he believes. "Things are the way they are this year, but next time around it will be harder to drive down to Koktebel, and in two years, when they build a bridge [to Crimea], traffic will slow down to a crawl," Ponomaryov joked.

He also noted the high level of the performers: "So many bands played brilliantly — Andrei Kondakov and his band, Yakov Okun and his band, and Jeremy Pelt — amazing! All the participants are great, the selection is wonderful! The audience is delighted."


The KoktebelJazzParty festival is a COVID-free zone. Given the difficult epidemiological situation, the terms of access to the festival may be changed, depending on the epidemiological situation in the region and the recommendations issued by the Federal Service for Supervision of Consumer Protection and Welfare (Rospotrebnadzor).
All festival participants, guests and spectators must present at least one of the three documents listed below:

  • A negative PCR test performed not earlier than August 18, 2021
  • A certificate showing the presence of antibodies to the S-protein of COVID-19, issued not earlier than May 25, 2021
  • A COVID-19 vaccination certificate

All guests, members of the audience and media representatives must wear masks and gloves at the festival venues.