Russia's Jazz Event of the Year

Every year more than 1000 jazz professionals from more than 30 countries gather in Russia to promote jazz within and beyond its borders.

About JAB

Jazz Across Borders is an annual international forum-fest, held in Saint Petersburg. It is one of the largest professional jazz events in Europe, founded and presided by Igor Butman, the National Artist of Russia.

This is the first and only professional platform in Russia where members of the local and international jazz communities can get together and cooperate! The VII Jazz Across Borders forum-fest, due to circumstances beyond the control of the organizers, is postponed to 2024.

Mission JAB

Our mission is to be a key platform for promoting Russian jazz abroad and a centre of attraction for international and Russian jazz industry leaders.

JAB History

JAB 2022

In 2022, JAB became the culmination of the celebration of the Centenary of Russian Jazz. After a two-year online format, we again held JAB as usual - with personal meetings, showcases, and club concerts!

JAB 2021

In 2021, JAB was again held online - on November 13 and 14. The Forum Fest events were watched by more than 500,000 people from 45 countries. JAB 2021 was attended by more than 50 speakers from 16 countries, who managed to jointly discuss industry issues in the era of COVID-19 over 2 days.

JAB 2020

In 2020, JAB was held in an online format. More than 50 speakers from 13 countries took part in the program. The broadcast was watched by more than 10,000 people from 70 countries!

JAB 2019

Since it was first held in Saint Petersburg 3 years ago, JAB has brought together more than 3000 professionals along with the the elite of the world jazz community.

JAB 2018

The second Jazz Across Borders forum-fest had a successful run on 16-17 November 2018 as part of the VII Saint Petersburg International Cultural Forum.

JAB 2017

JAB was founded by Igor Butman, the National Artist of Russia. In 2017, his initiative to hold an international jazz conference in Russia was endorsed by the Ministry of Culture.

форум-феста в 2022