Azerbaijan International

Spring 2003 (11.1)
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Jazz and Blues Festival

Baku's second annual Caspian Jazz and Blues Festival, organized by American Voices, will be held May 9­18. This year's theme is "Year of the Big Bands." Featured performers will include Maynard Ferguson and his Big Bop Nouveau Band, Vagif Sadikhov, Emil Mammadov and violinist Sabina Rakcheyeva, just returned from her studies at Juilliard. Werner Englert will direct the newly formed Baku Big Band.

The Caspian Jazz and Blues Festival is being offered as a gift to the city of Baku from the U.S. Embassy to Azerbaijan, the Azerbaijan Ministry of Culture, American Voices and the members of the corporate community. Jazz workshops will be held daily from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Bulbul School and the Jazz Club. Participation in all workshops and jam sessions will be free of charge.

All concerts will be held at the Republican Palace with the exception of the gala Jazz Dinner Dance, which will be held at the Hyatt Hotel. Tickets for this event are available from AMCHAM, Tel: (994-12) 97-13-33. Contact: American Voices, Ayla Aleskerova (Azeri/Russian), 055-781-2345 or John Ferguson, 055-333-5060;;

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