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MOSCOW, April 30. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin welcomed the participants and guests of the VII International jazz day in St. Petersburg. The head of state noted the symbolism of holding this event in St. Petersburg, reported on Monday on the Kremlin website.

“This bright holiday annually in one of the world’s “jazz capitals” a large army of fans of this unique musical genre, giving them the joy of meeting with popular artists and favorite works, – said in his welcoming speech of the President. – It is symbolic that this forum will be held in Saint-Petersburg”.

Putin has noticed that Russia is rightly famous for a whole galaxy of talented artists, composers, conductors that captivate the audience with unique talent, consummate skill and brilliant improvisation . “Thanks to their creative energy and sincere dedication to our country, much is being done for the professional development of young musicians, are some interesting projects in the sphere of international humanitarian cooperation. Growing credibility of domestic jazz school,” said the President.

Vladimir Putin expressed his confidence that the VII international jazz day will be held on a high creative note, will be a memorable event for the participants and guests.

The celebration of International jazz day, celebrated annually on 30 April, first held in St. Petersburg. On Monday evening at the New Mariinsky theatre, which holds about 2 thousand spectators, the musicians will give a gala concert of All-Star Global Concert which will be broadcast to the whole world. In the hour and a half concert will feature the winner of 14 Grammy awards, Herbie Hancock, bass player and composer Marcus Miller, vocal Quartet The Manhattan Transfer and others. The festival will be attended by the Russian jazzmen: Igor Butman Moscow jazz orchestra, a conductor and pianist Anatoly Kroll, the founder of the St. Petersburg Philharmonic of jazz music of David Goloschekin.

International jazz Day was established by UNESCO in 2011 on the initiative of goodwill Ambassador of UNESCO for intercultural dialogue Herbie Hancock. Earlier centers of this holiday was Washington DC, Istanbul, Paris, Osaka and Havana. The right to become the capital of jazz of the day was disputed by 18 countries, but the international jury gave preference to St. Petersburg, thus indicating a great contribution of Russia to the development of jazz.