The international jazz festival Koktebel Jazz Party has wrapped up in Koktebel. "There is an end to every fairy tale, but our festival will continue next year," Rossiya Segodnya Director General and Koktebel Jazz Party founder Dmitry Kiselev said.
Mr. Kiselev thanked all those who attended the festival and helped to organize the event. "The festival was organized in a very short time frame, literally within three months," he said. However, despite all of the difficulties, everything went very well. The event was organized with non-budgetary funding and all of the proceeds from tickets will go to Crimea.
Mr. Kiselev added that some of the world's top jazz musicians performed at the event, including Pyotr Vostokov Big Jazz Orchestra, Anton Gorbunov Quintet, Anton Kondakov and Brazil All Stars, Denis Shvytov and his Silver Woman project, Huun-Huur-Tu, Anna Klesun and the Esh band, Vladimir Ivanov and the Ornithology group, Ivan Farmakovsky Quartet, Alex Hutchings Band, Vahagn Hayrapetyan Quartet and Anna Buturlina, Club des Belugas, JVL Big Band, Sergei Golovnya, and Karina Kozhevnikova.
The festival headliners were legendary musicians Yakov Okun and Deborah Brown, who performed with the International Jazz Quintet which was created specially for the Koktebel Jazz Party, as well as Valery Ponomaryov and the We Remember Art Blakey Sextet, Tom Harrell, and The Jamal Thomas Band.
The festival was organized by Rossiya Segodnya International Information Agency with the support of the Ministry of Culture and was held as part of the Year of Culture in Russia.