Jazz in Russia: 95 years of history. A Lecture by Cyril Moshkow


From 23 September 2016




Garage Auditorium


The first historically documented jazz concert was held in Russia on October 1, 1922.   

What is the difference between jazz and “soviet jazz”? What came out of the discussion about jazz between the newspapers “Pravda” and “Izvestiya”? Who was the most popular jazzman in USSR and when was he released from the Gulag? Why did Leonid Utyosov himself remark “I hate your jazz”? How did young Soviet jazzmen receive their high jazz education, listening to broadcasts of “Voice of America” on short wave radio? Why did jazz history in Russia have to start, strictly speaking, three times and who was at its foundation each time…?

The answers to these questions are discussed at this lecture by the editor-in-chief of Russian jazz magazine “Jazz.Ru”, featuring unique photo-, video-, and audio-material.


Cyril Moshkow is a music journalist, publisher, editor-in-chief of “Jazz.Ru” magazine, author of several books, including The Jazz Industry in America and The Blues. Introduction to the History, and the editor of two two-volume anthologies Jazz Greats and Russian Jazz. He is currently working on the book Black Music: Roots and Branches. He previously played bass guitar in a rock band, participated in the creation of the first rock program on Soviet Central Television, had twenty-five hours per week of air time on the last pirate radio station in Moscow, wrote and published fiction novels, attended jazz festivals, clubs, music schools, jazz archives and professional musicological conferences in twenty-two countries (twenty-four, counting unrecognized states), yet still continues to consider the study of music the meaning of his life.


Admission is free, registration required