In response to the exceptional times, this year the festival does an intermission with broad international programming. Instead, it’s going inward. Am I Jazz? in partnership with the Ukrainian Institute presents an online showcase of local musicians who celebrate Black American music in their mastery. Who found a way to connect it to our native melodies, with our industrial and seashore landscapes, our cities, friends, and events in mind.
The videos will premiere via YouTube and Facebook official channels of Am I Jazz? and Ukrainian Institute.
Yuriy Seredin Quartet
Yuriy Seredin – piano, Borys Mohylevskyi – saxophone, Ilya Alabuzhev – bass, Oleg Markov – drums
Myroslav Pyatnikov – trumpet, Andrew Pokaz – piano, Daniel Castro – percussion
The band has formed in Odessa in the summer of 2020. All members graduated from Odessa National Music Academy, and during the lockdown used its room to jam in a trio. In improvisation, the base for the tune “Conversation with the void” was born, and it became the starting point for forming a project.
Members of Marevo have different backgrounds. Andrew Pokaz – is an acclaimed classical composer and pianist, leader of minimalistic jazz collective Pokaz trio. Myroslav Pyatnikov – mostly famous as a jazz trumpeter and a participant of various Balkan ethnic projects. Daniel Castro, who moved to Ukraine from Ecuador, brought his authentic rhythms.
“Marevo” means “illusion” or “dry mist,” the substance that fills the space. In a time when new reality created lots of holes, the band composed their original matter.
Danylo Vinarikov Ensemble
Danylo Vinarikov – saxophone, Oleksiy Bogolyubov – piano, Konstantin Ivchuk – guitar, Serhii Artemov – bass, Dmytro Lytvynenko – drums
Inna Pavlyk – keyboard, Yuriy Mykhailovsky – flute, Yuliyana Kovalska – vocal, Elina Arzumanyan – bass, Illia Tereshchenko – drums
Dennis Adu Quintet
Dennis Adu – trumpet, Dmytro Aleksandrov – saxophone, Oleksandr Malyshev – piano, Oleksandr Yemets – bass, Pavlo Galitsky – drums
Dennis Adu is a composer, arranger, educator, and one of the most in-demand trumpet players on the Ukraine jazz scene.
He was born in 1987 in Saltpond (Ghana). When he was two, his family moved to Kryvyi Rih, Ukraine. He started playing the trumpet when he was seven, and at the age of eight, he was invited to the Alexander Gebel Orchestra. In 2007 Adu won the “Do#Dж Junior” (The Best Trumpet Player), in 2009 in this competition he became the winner in nominations “The Best Musician in Ukraine” and “The Best Arrangement of Jazz Standard.”
Dennis participated in such international festivals and competitions as “Millau en Jazz” (France), “Fel du Sher” (France), “Jazz A Vienne” (Viena), and many others. He played with Frank Lacy, Gregory Porter, Curtis Fuller, Jim Rotondi, Roy and Ofer Assaf, Steve Slagle, Javon Jackson, Larry Willis, Quincy Davis, Dana Hall, Jason Brown, Jimmy Bosch, Mitch Froman, Pete Nater Frankie Vasquez, Wayne Escoffery, Michael Dease, Mambo Legends Orchestra, Seamus Blake, John Hollenbeck, and other.
He leads the Quintet, Sextet, Septet, and Big Band. In 2017 Dennis Adu released his debut album Influences. The new album Sunlight Above the Sky is coming in November this year.