International Usadba Jazz Festival
Usadba Jazz Festival is the biggest Russian open-air festival that has joint jazz, funk, world music, acid-jazz, lounge, jazz-rock, blues and other directions of contemporary improvised music.
The idea of making the festival belongs to Maria Semushkina, the head of ArtMania Agency the leading Russian agency operating in the field of large-scale musical events. The Festival was held for the first time in May of 2004 at the territory of the Arkhangelskoe Estate, a masterpiece of Russian architecture of the 18th century situated on the outskirts of Moscow («Usadba» is the Russian for Estate). Since then the Festival has become an annual event in Arkhangelskoe. Today Usadba Jazz is one of the biggest musical events in Russia that has helped many top-ranking musicians to access a wide Russian audience.
Usadba Jazz has long gone beyond only a good music and has become a favourite pastime for the whole family, where everyone can find something to their liking. There are shows of brass-ensembles in the lanes of the Estate, children playgrounds with trampolines and animators, fairs of gifts and designer goods, and a big variety of quality gastronomy from the best restaurants. The whole festival is crowned by a grandiose firework.
From 2011 Usadba Jazz is also held in Saint-Petersburg and from 2013 – in Ekaterinburg, the capital of Ural region. 2014 was the first year for the Festival in Voronezh another major city of Russia. The Festival keeps growing and expands its geographic reach as well as the choice of cutting-edge music.
About 40 000 people yearly attend Usadba Jazz in Moscow, and up to 7000 in each other city.
Musicians who performed at Usadba Jazz Festival in previous years:
Marcus Miller (USA), Avishai Cohen Trio (Israel), Branford Marsalis Quartet (USA), Charlie Hunter Trio (USA), The Brand New Heavies (United Kingdom), Yusef Lateef & Belmondo Quintet (USA-France), Nils Landgren (Sweden), Aaron Parks (USA), Jazzanova Live! (Germany), Trilok Gurtu (India), Zap Mama (Belgium), Jimi Tenor (Finland), Lucky Peterson (USA), John Scofield (USA), Puppini Sisters (United Kingdom), Earth, Wind & Fire Experience feat AL McKAY (USA), Uri Cain (USA), The Herbaliser (United Kingdom), Pink Martini (USA), Katzenjammer (NO), Angélique Kidjo (France), Kraak&Smaak (Netherlands), Matthew Herbert (United Kingdom), Nicola Conte (Italy), Karl Denson (USA), Aaron Parks (USA), Robert Glasper (USA), Richard Bona Group (USA), Kenny Garrett (USA), Yaron Herman Trio (Fr).