Posted by: Heather Fabrikant, Deputy Cultural Attaché & Tim Standaert, Assistant Cultural Affairs Officer
April is Jazz Appreciation Month and it certainly started with a bang in Kyiv this year. One of the world’s most renowned jazz pianists, Chick Corea, and the incredible vibraphonist Gary Burton wowed an enthusiastic crowd with a first class performance at Palats Ukrainy on April 7th. The duo played a mix of standards and new pieces that reflected diverse influences: Dave Brubeck, Antonio Carlos Jobim, and even Mozart and the Beatles.
April was established as Jazz Appreciation Month a decade ago to commemorate this uniquely American musical genre; this year’s theme focuses on the legacies of women in jazz who helped build a more just and equitable nation through their music. Throughout the month of April, concerts, retrospectives and celebrations in the U.S. and around the world are paying homage to jazz traditions and legacies. For a taste of this year’s festivities click here. This year’s poster slogan “Jazz: Born in America. Enjoyed Worldwide” is fitting for Ukraine, where jazz appreciation has a long history bringing us to this month’s Kyiv performance of jazz greats Chick Corea and Gary Burton. (more…)