By Laman Ismayilova
Jazz knows no limits and no boundaries. It is a perfect blend of harmony and soul that captivates music lovers from around the world.
Azerbaijan's jazz is associated with the names of such legendary musicians as Rafig Babayev and Vagif Mustafazade, the founders of a new jazz trend jazz-mugham.
This unique genre develops from mixing Azerbaijani jazz with mugham. Today, national jazz musicians are winners of many international jazz festivals and competitions. Azerbaijan is a home to one of the biggest jazz festivals.
Baku International Jazz Festival has opened in Baku with spectacular concert. The festival brings together the incredible musical talents who have made their mark in the world of jazz.
This year’s line-up includes a British soul singer and composer Omar Lye-Fook.
Spectacular concert of the soul singer took place at Electra Events Hall on October 14, which marked the beginning of the festival, Trend Life reported.
The name of Omar Lye-Fook is well-known to jazz lovers, the singer has performed at various international competitions and festivals. His most well-known song was his debut single "There's Nothing Like This". It reached number 14 in the UK Singles Chart on re-release in 1991. AllMusic noted that he is described by some as the father of British neo soul.
The musician wowed the audience with his impressive performance.
His music plunged the audience into the mysterious world of soul and funk music.
The Baku Jazz Festival is a forum and musical festival including education (seminars, master classes), competition ("Best Jazz Performer"), a "Kids jazz day", art and photo exhibitions, jam sessions and jazz concerts with the participation of best performers of the world of jazz. It has become a member of the Europe Jazz Network, which brings together 115 members from 34 countries.
Each year the festival prepares programs of great interest and diversity. The festival features extensive and diverse program.
Honored Artist of Azerbaijan Hasan Bagirov (St. Petersburg) and pianist Leonid Ptashka (Israel) will perform at the International Mugham Center on October 15.
Rotunda Jazz Club invites you to enjoy spectacular concert of German saxophonist and composer Uwe Steinmetz on October 16.
Estonian singer Laura Poldveren will give a concert at Rotunda Jazz Club on October 19.
The French band Trio Initiatives will perform at Rotunda Jazz Club on October 20.
The Swedish band "Music, Music, Music" (October 21) will delight you with superb performance.
Nurlan Abdullazadeh and Afgan Rasul trio will perform at the Rotunda Jazz Club on October 22.
Moreover, Elvin Bashirov's band will perform a concert at Landmark.
Rotunda Jazz Club will also host a concert of Can Canakkaya and Kagan Yildiz (Turkey) on October 23.
A concert of Kodaly Spice Jazz band will be also held at Landmark.
Martin Salemi Trio (Belgium) will perform at the Rotunda Jazz Club on October 24.
Helge Lien Trio (Norway) will delight you with their fascinating music at the Rotunda Jazz Club on October 25.
A concert of Michael Pipoquinha (Brazil) await jazz lovers at the Rotunda Jazz Club on October 26.
Belgian Ruben Hein trio will perform at Rotunda Jazz Club on October 27.
The final concert will be held at the International Mugham Center. Famous US musicians Grégoire Maret and Christie Dashiell will perform at International Mugham Center on October 28.
Within the framework of the festival, International Jazz Contest will be held on October 15-18.
Laman Ismayilova is AzerNews’ staff journalist, follow her on Twitter: @Lam_Ismayilova
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