April 14, the 5th International Jazz Festival opened  in Turkestan Palace of Arts in Tashkent.

The festival was organized by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Uzbekistan, the State Philharmonic of Uzbekistan, Development of Culture and Art Foundation, the Ilkhom Theater jazz club, the UNESCO Office in Uzbekistan, the Tashkent city administration. The partners of the festival are foreign embassies in Uzbekistan.

Jazz is one of the unique and favorite styles of musicians from all over the world, the language of communication, as well as the opportunity to express their feelings and thoughts through music.

April 30 – International Jazz Day was proclaimed at a UNESCO conference in November 2011. The capital of the International Day of Jazz in 2019 is Melbourne.

The festival was attended by Aziz Abdukhakimov, Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Uzbekistan for Social Development, and Ms. Pilar Alvarez-Laso, UNESCO Representative in Uzbekistan.

“The history of jazz is undoubtedly linked with the history of the struggle for human dignity, democracy and civil rights. UNESCO believes in the power of jazz, which helps to ensure peace, dialogue and mutual understanding between people and nations, ”- said Ms. Alvarez-Laso, UNESCO Representative in Uzbekistan.

In 2019 the festival is held from April 14 to 30 in several cities of Uzbekistan – Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara and Kokand. Foreign and national jazz performers are going to take part in the jazz festival, concerts, master classes for local jazz performers and music school students, as well as jam sessions (joint improvisations) and creative meetings with local and foreign musicians will be held.

In the State Jazz Orchestra after B. Zakirov, created in 1995, the best bands of the country are played. The artistic director and lead singer of the jazz orchestra is the singer and composer Mansur Tashmatov, winner of international competitions and festivals.

At the jazz festival in Uzbekistan, musicians from Israel, Hungary, Turkey, Switzerland, Czech, India and many other jazz performers are expected.

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