International Jazz Day from St. Petersburg

International Jazz Day from St. Petersburg

Fri, 04/26/2019 - 10:00pm - 11:00pm

Join more than two dozen world-renowned artists as they come together for an extraordinary International Jazz Day all-star global concert from St. Petersburg's spectacular Mariinsky Theatre.

On April 30, 2018, a diverse group of world-renowned artists came together from all over the world for an extraordinary global concert, recorded at St. Petersburg’s famed Mariinsky Theatre, home to the internationally acclaimed Mariinsky Ballet and one of the crown jewels of a city renowned for its UNESCO World Heritage sites. The event took place on International Jazz Day, the one day each year that jazz is celebrated worldwide, bringing together people of all ages, backgrounds, and nationalities in more than 190 countries on all seven continents. The resulting new one-hour music special, International Jazz Day from St. Petersburg airs Friday, April 26, 2019 at 10 p.m. on WXXI-TV.

Long considered Russia’s cultural capital, St. Petersburg has played an important role in the popularization and development of jazz in Russia. The country’s jazz scene was born in 1927 in St. Petersburg with the appearance of the “First Concert Jazz Band” at the St. Petersburg State Capella, followed by the creation of the first jazz collective in 1929. Moreover, St. Petersburg is the only city in the country to have a Jazz Philharmonic Hall, founded in 1989.