MOSCOW, July 8, Koktebel Jazz Party Press Service. The organizing committee of the main summer music event in Crimea, the Koktebel Jazz Party international festival, has announced the first participants of the 2019 festival season: about two dozen jazz bands from the US, Japan, Singapore, France, Germany and other countries.
Russia will be represented by Billy's Band (St. Petersburg); Snake Steak, one of the best Moscow jazz funk bands; improvising violinist and arranger Felix Lahuti and his band UNIVERSALOVE; the K.I.M.M. quartet, featuring outstanding Soviet and Russian jazz guitarist Alexei Kuznetsov; and other performers. Rock singer and musician Yulia Chicherina from Russia will headline the festival.
As per tradition, the names of the foreign festival participants will be announced on the opening day, which will be a pleasant surprise for guests and audiences.
Ticket sales for Koktebel Jazz Party opened in early June. Tickets are available at Concert.ru as well as at the venues during the festival. Entrance tickets cost 500 rubles, and seats in the orchestra stalls cost 1,000 rubles.
The information partners of the event are the Rossiya Segodnya International Information Agency and VGTRK holding company. Radio Jazz is the musical partner of the festival. The regional partner is the Sobaka Krym Publishing House.
The Koktebel Jazz Party was founded in 2003 as a private initiative by Koktebel jazz pioneer, journalist Dmitry Kiselev. The small Crimean town lent its name to the event which is now on the list of highly acclaimed world jazz festivals. The organizers traditionally keep the celebrity performers' names secret. Over the years, the festival program has included performances by iconic jazz drummer Jimmy Cobb (the US), Grammy Award winner for Best Latin Jazz Album Gonzalo Rubalcaba (Cuba), Nu Jazz stars Club Des Belugas (Germany) and the extraordinary saxophonist Robert Anchipolovsky (Israel). Russian President Vladimir Putin was among the festival guests in 2017.
The Koktebel Jazz Party is not just world-class jazz, it is true freedom that creates a united vibration of music, the sea, body and soul. The organizer of the festival is the Red Square Group. Since 2014, the Ministry of Culture has provided support to the Koktebel Jazz Party.