For lots of people Saint Petersburg is known as the culture capital of Russia, the city of Imperial grandeur and the Russian October revolution. However, a few of them know that it is also a birthplace for jazz in Russia, the city where the first jazz bands were jamming back in the beginning of the 20th century. So, Usadba Jazz team had to struggle hard to win the Saint Petersburg audience, well aware of everything new happening in the world of jazz.
After five festivals behind, it is fair to say, that Usadba Jazz has become one of the most loved and anticipated musical event in the city. The festival is based on Yelagin Island, named after Ivan Yelagin – a poet, translator and unofficial secretary to Catherine the Great, the Empress of Russia. Back in the days the lawn in front of the magnificent classicist palace (1785-1790) was frequently used for marches and celebrations. Nowadays, it is the place for the main stage of Usadba Jazz festivals, which has seen Maceo Parker, Zap Mama, Avishai Cohen, Earth, Wind & Fire feat Al. McKay, The Herbaliser, Snarky Puppy, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble among many other great musicians from around the world.