So the world community recognized the exceptional contribution of our country in the development of this musical direction. On this occasion Wild Turkey together with jazz experts created a series of video podcasts that Lukerya Ilyashenko, Anton Lavrentiev, Vlad Topalov, Yasmin Muratovich, Darya Moroz and Tatyana Gevorgyan had already had time to evaluate at a private dinner in honor of the Jazz Day.
For the right to hold the International Jazz Day in 2018, more than 18 countries fought. Earlier the holiday has already visited Washington, Paris, Istanbul, Havana and other countries and, finally, has come to Russia! The capital of jazz is St. Petersburg, where on April 30 a grand concert with participation of world-famous stars took place. However, this is a truly remarkable event that many will bypass, because often jazz is perceived as something distant and unknown: it would seem that Russia has in common and “poor music” from the US, which was not paid in the USSR?
In order to change this situation, “Wild Turkey” released an educational project, which was the continuation of a large-scale campaign in 2017 on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of jazz. Together with the outstanding musician Vadim Eilenkrig and the President of the international festival “The Manor of Jazz” Maria Syomushkina, a series of videos was created about Russia’s contribution to world jazz.
In 10-minute video podcasts under #wildturkeyjazz briefly and dynamically tells about the most interesting facts not only of the official history of Russian jazz, but also of the musical lobby of the country. It is the Russian composer and teacher who is considered the father of American jazz: Joseph Schillinger in the middle of the twentieth century emigrated to the United States and started teaching. Among his students are great musicians:
- Glen Miller, Benny Goodman and George Gershwin. And the most prestigious jazz educational institution – Berkeley College – was originally called Schillinger House.
- The Lundstrem Orchestra is considered to be the longest in the world: it is included in the Guinness Book of Records as the oldest of the existing big bands.
- Soviet and modern Russian jazzmen conquer world scenes: for example, Valery Ponomarev, the first Soviet jazz musician recognized in America, was a member of Jazz Messengers Art Blakey, and the brightest representative of modern jazz Alexander Sipyagin was Michael Baker’s partner on his last album, which received Grammy.
These and many other facts from the video podcasts #wildturkeyjazz talk about how closely the intertwined fates of Russian and American jazz. Just like jazz and bourbon – the two historical symbols that originated in the South of the United States and lived through difficult times, only to flourish in the Spikisi bars, where the Dry Law drove both jazzmen and connoisseurs of bourbon. Editions of the jazz guide will be published on the eve of and after the International Jazz Day in Instagram and YouTube under the tag #wildturkeyjazz.
The first issue is already on air.