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Alfa Jazz Fest

Leopolis Jazz Fest
Logo Leopolis Jazz Fest.jpg
GenreJazz
Dateslast weekend of June
Location(s)Lviv, Ukraine
Years active2011-present
Founded byMikhail Fridman
WebsiteOfficial website

Leopolis Jazz Fest (previously Alfa Jazz Fest) is an international jazz festival, annually held in June in Lviv (Ukraine) since 2011. The Guardian included Alfa Jazz Fest in the list of the best European festivals.[1]

Overview

The festival was established by Mikhail Fridman, a businessman, co-founder of LetterOne, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Alfa Group and a native of Lviv, in 2011.

Until 2017 the main sponsor of the festival was Alfa Bank Ukraine, and therefore the festival was called Alfa Jazz Fest. In 2017, the festival was renamed to Leopolis Jazz Fest to indicate its venue (Leopolis is the city's name in Latin).[2]

In addition to concerts of jazz musicians from around the world, the festival also hosts jam sessions, master-classes and autograph sessions with global jazz stars.

An annual awards ceremony, "Leopolis Jazz Music Awards" dedicated to Eddie Rosner (previously "Alfa Jazz Music Awards") is held during gala concert of the festival in Lviv. These awards are established to honour the artists who have made significant contribution to the development of jazz music. The winner is selected by a wide range of experts, including music critics, prominent culture persons, public and government officials, journalists and entrepreneurs from different countries.[3]

Venue

The festival takes place on three stages:

o the main festival stage in the Bohdan Khmelnytskyi Culture Park: the stage bears the name of famous Soviet jazz musician Eddie Rosner (ticket required)

o a stage on the central square of the city: Market Square (free entry)

o a stage in a historic part of the city: Pototski Palace square (free entry)

History

Leopolis Jazz Fest 2018

From 27 June to 1 July 2018, the 8th International Leopolis Jazz Fest took place in Lviv. More than 170 musicians from 16 countries around the world performed on three city stages in Lviv over 5 days.

Special guests of the Leopolis Jazz Fest 2018 included legendary avant-garde jazz saxophonist and flautist Charles Lloyd & The Marvels, featuring Bill Frisell, Reuben Rogers, Eric Harland and Greg Leisz; Jamie Cullum, an outstanding British vocalist, pianist and composer, and Ronnie Scotts Jazz Award winner; R+R=NOW (Reflect + Respond = Now), a project by three-time Grammy Award winner Robert Glasper; leading fusion and jazz guitar player, as well as Grammy Award winner Lee Ritenour and Dave Grusin, an American composer, arranger, producer, pianist and orchestra leader, as well as a ten-time Grammy Award winner, feat. Melvin Lee Davis and Wes Ritenour; Ahmad Jamal - a great American jazz pianist, composer and arranger; Jacob Collier - singer, composer, arranger and multi-instrumentalist; Mario Biondi - Italian soul vocalist; Stefano Bollani - Napoli Trip - a virtuoso Italian pianist, composer, singer and TV host who performed with Napoli Trip; Marcus Miller - an American jazz multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer, arranger and two-time Grammy winner. [4][5]

Lars Danielsson Group Liberetto III & INSO-Lviv also performed at the Leopolis Jazz Fest. A special exclusive programme was introduced to visitors of the Leopolis Jazz Fest by Swedish contrabass and bass player, cellist, composer and arranger Lars Danielsson, alongside the Academic Symphony Orchestra INSO-Lviv. [6]

The best jazz musicians from various countries performed on Leopolis Jazz Fest stages, among others, the US, Great Britain, Sweden, Ukraine, Italy, France, Austria, Switzerland, Israel, Germany, Turkey, Canada, Poland, Denmark, Lithuania, and Luxembourg.

Ahmad Jamal was the winner of the International Eddie Rosner Leopolis Jazz Music Award in 2018. [7]

Over the past few years, organising concerts by popular Ukrainian musicians on Constitution Day in Ukraine has become a festival tradition. As part of Leopolis Jazz Fest 2018, the ONUKA band performed on 28 June on the Rynok Square stage. [8]

On 1 July, to celebrate Canada Day, the Embassy of Canada in Ukraine prepared a varied programme for festival visitors: a visit to Canada House/Maison du Canada featuring a traditional pancake breakfast, an exhibition by Canada House, a street ice rink for hockey, as well as performances by Canadian musicians. [9]

In 2018, the Leopolis Jazz Fest started a partnership with USAID. A project to increase the accessibility and environmental friendliness of the Leopolis Jazz Fest has been implemented with the support of the Join up! Programme to Promote Public Activism. During the festival, training sessions on accessibility for the disabled, and environmental consciousness were held for staff and volunteers. [10] The necessary infrastructure was provided for people with disabilities at the festival: separate platforms near the stages, ramps, special rubber and metal covers and accessible toilets. To promote environmental consciousness, special containers for sorting and recycling rubbish were used at the Leopolis Jazz Fest, and for children, a playground called Sorting Together.

Traditionally, the festival offered three freely accessible picnic areas where visitors could watch all the concerts on the main stage on large LED screens. Master classes, numerous jam sessions, and film screenings of rare videos and jazz films were presented for festival visitors, prepared by the leading figure of the Ukrainian jazz movement, Leonid Goldstein. [11]

Alfa Jazz Fest 2017

From June 23 till June 27 the seventh International Jazz Festival Alfa Jazz Fest was held in Lviv.[12]

Among the headliners of Alfa Jazz Fest 2017: Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band; Buika; Yellowjackets; China Moses; Gregory Porter; Chucho Valdes; trio Mare Nostrum: Paolo Fresu, Richard Galliano, Jan Lundgren; Herbie Hancock; Chick Corea Elektric Band.

Also within the festival a joint project of jazz legends and Ukrainian musicians was presented - the Israeli jazz contrabassist, composer, singer and arranger Avishai Cohen performed his plays together with the Academic Symphony Orchestra "INSO-Lviv".[13]

Traditionally, in 2017 a wide geography of participants was presented: bands from Austria, Great Britain, Israel, Spain, Italy, Cuba, Germany, Luxembourg, USA, Poland, Turkey, Ukraine, France, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, and Sweden participated in the festival. In total for 5 days the festival was attended by more than 200 musicians from 15 countries worldwide.

The owner of the International Music Award "Alfa Jazz Fest Awards" dedicated to Eddie Rosner in 2017 became Chucho Valdes. The award ceremony traditionally took place during the festival days.

Also master classes, photo exhibitions, jazz film shows and jams sessions were held within the Alfa Jazz Fest 2017.

Alfa Jazz Fest 2016

The 6th International jazz festival Alfa Jazz Fest was held on June 24-28, 2016 in Lviv.[14] Traditionally the best jazz performers of the United States, Europe and Ukraine performed at the three stages in the center of Lviv.

Headliners of Alfa Jazz Fest 2016: PAT METHENY with Antonio Sanchez, Linda Oh & Gwilym Simcock, BRANFORD MARSALIS QUARTET WITH SPECIAL GUEST KURT ELLING, ARTURO SANDOVAL 10 TIME GRAMMY AWARD WINNER, DIANNE REEVES with Peter Martin, Romero Lubambo, Reginald Veal, Terreon Gully, ESPERANZA SPALDING presents: EMILY` S D + EVOLUTION.[15]

The ceremony of the International Music Award «Alfa Jazz Fest Awards» dedicated to Eddie Rosner was traditionally held within the festival. The winner of «Alfa Jazz Fest Awards» dedicated to Eddie Rosner in 2016 became Pat Metheny.

Alfa Jazz Fest 2015

The fifth anniversary jazz festival «Alfa Jazz Fest» was held on June 25-29, 2015. More than 100 musicians from 10 countries (Germany, Austria, the USA, Japan, Sweden, Cuba, France, Poland and Ukraine) performed in Lviv during five festival days. Among the most famous - American jazz legends: Herbie Hancock, George Benson, Wayne Shorter, Mike Stern, Cuban clarinetist Paquito D'Rivera and Hiromi, famous jazz pianist from Japan.

The winner of the International Music Award «Alfa Jazz Fest Awards» dedicated to Eddie Rosner in 2015 became Herbie Hancock, American jazz pianist and composer, 14-time Grammy Award winner, one of the most influential jazz musicians of the 20th century.[16] The awarding ceremony was traditionally held during the festival in Lviv.

Alfa Jazz Fest 2014

The 4th International jazz festival Alfa Jazz Fest was held on June 12-15, 2014 in Lviv.

Headliners Alfa Jazz Fest 2014: Larry Carlton, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Eliane Elias, Miles Electric Band, Lucky Peterson, Charles Lloyd.[17]

In 2014 the winner of the International Music Award «Alfa Jazz Fest Awards» dedicated to Eddie Rosner became Charles Lloyd.

Award ceremony was held on June 14, 2014.[18]

The last days' concerts of the festival was canceled due to the announced all-Ukrainian mourning for the perished Ukrainian militaries in the east of the country.

Alfa Jazz Fest 2013

On June 13-16, 2013 the third International jazz festival Alfa Jazz Fest was held in Lviv.

Headliners of Alfa Jazz Fest 2013: Dirty Dozen Brass Band (USA); Avishai Cohen (Israel); Till Brönner (Germany); Al Di Meola (USA); Charlie Haden Quartet West (USA); Bobby McFerrin (USA).

On June 15, 2013 the awarding ceremony «Alfa Jazz Fest Awards» dedicated to Eddie Rosner took place on the gala-concert. In 2013 Award was presented to Charlie Haden -- one of the most famous American jazz musicians and composers, four time Grammy Award winner.

Alfa Jazz Fest 2012

The second International jazz festival Alfa Jazz Fest was held in Lviv on June 1-3, 2012. The festival was attended by over 30,000 spectators from different countries.

Headliners of Alfa Jazz Fest 2012: Kenny Garrett (USA), Richard Bona Band (Cameroon), Cassandra Wilson (USA), John Patitucci Trio (USA), Gino Vannelli Band (Canada), John McLaughlin the 4th dimension (UK).

In 2012, for the first time, there was an award ceremony, the "Alfa Jazz Fest Awards" dedicated to Eddie Rosner.[19] In 2012 the prize was awarded to John McLaughlin, the legendary British guitarist, playing jazz-fusion.

Alfa Jazz Fest 2011

The first International jazz festival Alfa Jazz Fest was held in Lviv on June 3-5, 2011.

Headliners of Alfa Jazz Fest 2011: Spyro Gyra (USA), John Scofield (USA), Ron Carter (USA), Bill Evans Soulgrass (USA), Jeff Lorber Fusion Superband (USA).

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