Alfa Jazz Fest

Alfa Jazz Fest
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Alfa Jazz Fest is an international jazz festival held in the city of Lviv, Ukraine every June. One of the biggest music festivals in Ukraine and arguably in the entire Eastern Europe, it attracts hundreds of world class musicians and thousands of music lovers, providing an unforgettable experience for everyone involved.

The inaugural edition of Alfa Jazz Fest was held from June 3-5, 2011. Its headliners were several musicians and bands from the United States including Spyro Gyra, John Scofield, Ron Carter, Bill Evans, and Jeff Lorber.

The first Alfa Jazz Fest was a big success so it was decided to make it an annual affair. Since then, it has grown to become one of the most important music event in Ukraine with an annual attendance over 40,000 that features renowned jazz musicians from around the world. Past performers at Alfa Jazz Fest include Kenny Garrett, Richard Bona, Cassandra Wilson, John Patitucci, Gino Vannelli, John McLaughlin, Avishai Cohen, Till Brönner, Al Di Meola, Bobby McFerrin, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Herbie Hancock, Paquito D’Rivera, and other jazz legends.

Alfa Jazz Fest features three open-air stages, two are three and one requires a ticket. Free stages are located at the Rynok Square, the central square of Lviv, and in front of the Potocki Palace in the historic district of the city. The main stage is located in the Bohdan Khmelnytsky Park of Culture and Recreation. It was named the Eddie Rosner stage after a famous Polish and Soviet jazz trumpeter, violinist, conductor, composer and arranger. Seating tickets to performances on the main stage are paid, but the entrance to the park is free so everyone can listen to music and watch the performances on large LED screens installed in the picnic area of the park.

Alongside performances, the program of Alfa Jazz Fest features autograph sessions with world class jazz musicians, workshops and masterclasses for emerging performers, jam sessions, street performances, free open-air film screenings, and other exciting events and activities for musicians and listeners alike.

The festival also features the Alfa Jazz Fest Awards, an annual award ceremony designed to honor the artists who have made significant contribution to the development and popularization of jazz music. The winners are selected by a jury consisting of music critics and journalists, producers, entrepreneurs, public figures, government officials, and other distinguished individuals. The first musician to receive the award was English guitarist, bandleader and composer John McLaughlin.

Alfa Jazz Fest

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