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First participants join Koktebel Jazz Party 2021

First participants join Koktebel Jazz Party 2021

The Organizing Committee of the main summer music festival in Crimea, the Koktebel Jazz Party, has announced the first participants of the 19th jazz season, which will take place in the artistic town of Koktebel on August 20-22.

The Russian musicians planning to attend Koktebel Jazz Party 2021 include Uralskiy Dixieland, one of the post-Soviet countries’ oldest traditional jazz bands, the Yakov Okun International Jazz Trio, and jazz pianists Daniel Kramer and Valery Gorokhovsky. The festival’s program also features George Garanian Big Band (Krasnodar), Russian musician and composer Sergey Golovnya and his Electro Machine band, as well as Olga Sinyayeva, a participant of the second season of the Russian reality talent show The Voice, and her AllSeeBand project.

As usual, the names of foreign participants of Koktebel Jazz Party 2021 will be announced on the opening day, August 20.

A complete program of Koktebel Jazz Party 2021 will be available on the festival’s website several days before it opens.

The participants, spectators and the organizing committee will comply with Rospotrebnadzor’s coronavirus restrictions to ensure public safety.

The first jazz festival was held in Koktebel, a small town in Crimea, in 2003 as a private initiative of journalist Dmitry Kiselev, the founding father of Koktebel jazz. Since then, it has become a respected event on the list of international jazz festivals. The names of jazz stars planning to participate are kept secret until the last possible moment. The famous jazz players who have attended the event include the legendary drummer Jimmy Cobb (US), Gonzalo Rubalcaba (Cuba), the holder of Grammy for Best Latin Jazz Performance, American bassist Stanley Clarke, famous for his innovative technique, German stars of nu jazz (jazztronica) Club Des Belugas, unique Israeli saxophonist Robert Anchipolovsky, and De-Phazz from Heidelberg, Germany. President Vladimir Putin was a guest of KJP-2017.

Koktebel Jazz Party offers not only world-class jazz, but also a real sense of freedom, generating the thrilling vibrations of the music, the sea, the body and the soul. The event is organized by the Krasny Kvadrat (Red Square) media group.

Rap Koktebel is a youth rap culture and music festival. It was first held in late August 2019 in Crimea at Dmitry Kiselev’s initiative.

The title media sponsors of Koktebel Jazz Party are the Rossiya radio and television network, SMOTRIM multimedia platform and Rossiya Kultura TV channel.

The musical partner is Radio JAZZ 89.1 FM.

The festival’s media partners are RIA Novosti, TimeOut.ru online resource, Izolenta live, Moscow 24 TV channel, Radio Sputnik, Komsomolskaya Pravda website KP.RU, Argumenty i Fakty Publishers, as well as RIA Novosti Crimea.

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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