On August 25, 2017 UNESCO declared St. Petersburg the capital of the 7th International Jazz Day celebration. April 30, 2018 will become one of the most significant days in the history of Russian musical culture.
The International Jazz Day was established by UNESCO in 2012 on the initiative of the famous musician, jazz figure and Goodwill Ambassador Herbie Hancock with the goal of promoting jazz art all over the world. During six years the centers of the official Jazz Day celebration were the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, Osaka, Istanbul, Washington and Havana. Igor Butman, the only Russian representative at Jazz Day, has repeatedly participated in International Jazz Day All Star Global Concerts from 2012 to 2017, along with other world jazz stars – Herbie Hancock, Kurt Elling, Wayne Shorter, Till Brönner, Esperanza Spalding, Lee Ritenour and many others.
“Eighteen countries vied for the right to host next year’s main Jazz Day events. The jury chose St Petersburg to be the capital of jazz in 2018, recognizing Russia’s exclusive contribution to the development of this musical genre” the UNESCO press release. The Government of St. Petersburg and the Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO will organize the event, the project leader will be Igor Butman – the famous Russian saxophonist, and National Artist of Russia.