JAB 2021 Online

The Jazz Across Borders Online 2021 program is divided into five parts:

  • JAB Conference – round-table and panel discussions on promoting jazz projects, working with the audience, online education, grant support and funding of jazz projects amid the environment of uncertainty.
  • JAB Workshops by special guest of Gala concert.
  • JAB Matchmaking – one-on-one meetings with Russian and foreign jazz experts. Reservations and the list of the participants will be available after 6 November.
  • JAB Listening – public listening to the best tracks from the albums released in 2020-2021. To become a participant, click the link and fill out the form​​​​​​​. Applications are accepted until 10th November 2021.

* Organizing committee of Jazz Across Borders reserves the right to make changes in the program of the Forum & Festival.

November, 13


JAB 2021 Online Opening Ceremony. Day one


Public talk «On the threshold of the 100th anniversary of jazz in Russia»

The year 2022 will mark the 100th anniversary of Russian jazz. The ambitious celebration program, large projects scheduled for the centenary, and most prominent events of the agenda will be discussed by Igor Butman, Sergey Pershin, Grigory Zaslavsky, Evgeny Stodushny, and Kirill Moshkov.


Igor Butman, People’s Artist of Russia, artistic director of Moscow Jazz Orchestra,
president of JAB forum&festival

Sergey Pershin, Head of Tavrida art cluster

Grigory Zaslavsky, Rector of the Russian Institute of Theatrical Art – GITIS

Cyrill Moshkow, Editor-in-chief of

Eugeny Stodushny, General director of the Krasnoyarsk Philharmonic


Roman Khristyuk
Executive director of Igor Butman Foundation, Executive producer of JAB forum&festival


Round table Discussion «Booking Artists in the Era of Covid-19»

Cancelling and rescheduling concerts and festivals have severely affected the financial capacity of artists as well as organizers. Russian and foreign booking agents will discuss the impact the pandemic had on artists’ pricing and concert planning.


International Jazz Day in St. Petersburg, CEO of Magnetophone Music Agency

Luigi Sidero

Music Works International’s (MWI) booking agent and promoter

Jeff Edelman, Producer, founder and President of EMM (Edelman Music Management)
Elena Moiseyenko, Head of Music Programms of Igor Butman Music Group

Georg Pfaab, CEO of Prime Tours & Promotion

Moderator: Dina Nurgaleeva

Program Director of Jazz Across Borders Forum & Festival and VII International Jazz Day in St. Petersburg, CEO of Magnetophone Music Agency


Panel discussion «Readjusting Communication and Exploring New Trends of Audience Behavior During the Pandemic»

The coronavirus pandemic has put serious constraints on the entertainment industry. The planning horizon has shrunk both for event organizers and audiences, rendering the latter particularly frustrated: people are afraid to take risks and buy tickets in advance. What strategy should organizers pursue?


Alexander Almin, Executive director and founder of the creative agency RED EVENTS, creative director of Moscow State University’s Botanical Garden “Aptekarsky Ogorod”
Peter Dimitrov, Founder and Artistic Director A to JazZ Festival
Georgina Javor, President of Concerts & Touring at Jazz at Lincoln Center (JALC)

Daria Bochkaryova, Media manager of Moscow Philharmonic

Moderator: Arlette Hovinga, publicyst, promoter


Round Table Discussion «What Makes a Music Manager Successful?»

It is not only jazz that suffers from the lack of qualified music managers: the entire music industry is affected. The issue of how to gain the necessary competence will be addressed by experts with many years’ experience.


Darryl Pitt, The principal of Depth of Field Management

Dmitry Grinchenko, Director of the Russian Concert Agency, Director of the NEW RUSSIA State Symphony Orchestra conducted by Yuri Bashmet
Nadezhda Boychevcki, Chief Executive of A&R ONErpm Russia

Ted Kurland, Founder of The Kurland Agency


Roman Khristyuk

Head of international projects department at Igor Butman Music Group, executive producer of JAB forum&festival Russian and VII International Jazz Day in St. Petersburg


Panel discussion «Why Ethno Jazz is an Important Export Item for the Music Industry»

Ethno jazz has long been not just one of the most popular jazz subgenres, but perhaps the most important item of jazz export. Why do foreign promoters show such great interest in ethno jazz bands from around the globe? This question will be addressed by representatives of the world music market.


Sylvain Dartoy, Director and Co-Founder of Wax Booking Agency

Carlos Bartilotti, Producer and artistic director of OLLN KAN Portugal Festival and MIMO Portugal Festival, trainer at UNESCO

Christine Semba, Head of WOMEX Special Projects

Brahim El Mazned, Artistic director of Timitar Festival, Visa For Music Showcase Festival, expert on cultural policy and creative industries at the UNESCO


Maria Semushkina, Founder of the Usadba Jazz Festival and CEO of the Artmania event agency


Workshop by JAB Special Guest Lee Ritenour

Jazz guitarist, Grammy Award winner Lee Ritenaur will talk with jazz guitarist, winner of the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz International Guitar Competition Evgeny Pobozhy about how to find your style in music and build a successful international career.


Wrap-up of the 1st Day

November, 14


Opening of the Day two of JAB 2021 Online


Round table discussion «Far from Moscow: Jazz Region as a Focal Point for Growth»

The geography of Russian jazz is quite diverse: areas beyond Moscow see a rapid development of true jazz hubs. This phenomenon will be looked at in detail by prominent experts from across Russia.


Leonid Vintskevich Jazz pianist, composer, music educator, artistic director ofl Jazz Province Festival

Igor Gavrilov, Artistic director of the Yaroslavl Jazz Center, the producer of the oldest Russian jazz festival “Jazz Over the Volga River”, director of the Jazz Research Center.

Oleg Rubtsov, Head and Producer of International jazz festival “Jazz May Penza”

Victoria Verba, Executive Director of the International Student Jazz Festival held in the city of Novosibirsk


Natalia Rikker, Director of Igor Burko’s Uralskiy Dixieland Band, musicologist at the Chelyabinsk State Philharmonia


Round table discussion «CIS Jazz Area»

The post-Soviet space is as vast as tens of thousands of kilometers. CIS jazz festivals and development trends of the jazz industry in the area will be subject to discussion by experts from Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan.


Tooran Mamadalieva  Jazz researcher, editor of Jazz.Az

Jasur Khalilov Composer, director of the Dushanbe International Ethnic and Jazz Festival

Munara Korpotaeva  Musician, Art Manager of Art and Culture Public Sanjar Nafikov
Musician, artist and composer at the Ilkhom Theatre of Mark Weil, co-founder of the Ilkhom Jazz Club in Tashkent


Cyril Moshkow  Editor-in-chief of


Panel discussion «Relevant Formats of Jazz Education: Summer Camps and Online Courses»

Lifelong learning is the latest trend, as evidenced by an increasing number of online courses and summer workshops. This is primarily due to the fact that such short-term programs can feature concert musicians who do not have enough time to teach during the year. This and other issues will be addressed by university professors and private educators.


Pavel Ovchinnikov, Musician, composer, teacher, first deputy director of Academy of Jazz

Céline Rudolph, Artistic Director of Jazz-Institut Berlin JIB

Denis Rybakov, Organizer of Moving Club Meets Friends Festival, Samara Open Jazz Festival, Founder of the Moving Club Camp

Andrey Lipatov, Founder of international educational center Lanote Education


Maria Voloshina, Founder and the CEO of J&M Group


Round table discussion «Festival Cancelled: How to Survive?»

The schedule of the past few years has been much like a wheel of fortune: we’ve been guessing which festival will go ahead, and which will be cancelled due to coronavirus restrictions. You will find out first-hand how organizers cope with forced cancellations and new seating capacity requirements.


Andrey Klyukin General producer of Wild Mint Music Festival

Josh Grossman,Artistic Director for Toronto Downtown Jazz (TDJ)

Nik Babin, Founder of Chess & Jazz Festival

Olga Yushkova  CEO and artistic director of Helicon Jazz Club

Moderator: Olga Skepner  President of the international festival of improvisational music Jazz at Sandetsky Manor


JAB Listening Session

JAB Listening-session – top Russian and foreign music observers and critics will give a public listen to jazz tracks released in 2020-2021.

The jury:

Matthieu Jouan, Editor-in-chief of Citizen Jazz

Madli Parts, Advisor of Foreign Relations in Estonian Ministry of Culture, Founder of Europe Jazz Media Group

Denis Boyarinov, Music observer of

Lev Borovkov, Founder of Jazzist online journal

Moderator: Cyril Moshkow, Editor-in-chief of


Workshop by JAB Special Guest Dee Dee Bridgewater

Jazz vocalist, Grammy and Tony Award winner Dee Dee Bridgewater will give an exclusive vocal workshop.


Wrap-up of JAB 2021

JAB Conference

round-table and panel discussions on promoting jazz projects, working with the audience, online education, grant support and funding of jazz projects amid the environment of uncertainty.

JAB Workshops

By Grammy-winning Jazz guitarist Lee Ritenour and Grammy and Tony Award-winning Jazz Singer Dee Dee Bridgewater

JAB Matchmaking

one-on-one meetings with Russian and foreign jazz experts. Reservations and the list of the participants will be available after 6 November.

Student Bands Contest

Not to be conducted this year.

JAB Showcases

Not to be conducted this year.

JAB Expo

Not to be conducted this year.

JAB Clubnight

Not to be conducted this year.

JAB Gala

Not to be conducted this year.

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