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The International World Jazz Festival takes place in July in Riga

One of this summer’s most exciting music events - the International World Jazz Festival will take place from 30-31 July 2014 in "Arena Riga" that will draw the attention of many admirers of jazz.  Many world famous and international prize winning jazz stars from Russia, USA, Australia, the Netherlands, etc. will visit Latvia in connection with this festival.
During these two festival days, Riga will witness real jazz. Cassandra Wilson, the well-known American jazz diva and the winner of two Grammy Awards, will perform on "Arena Riga" stage. She is one of the brightest jazz singers of the last decade, whose talent is enriched with feminine grace and refined vocals.
The concert viewers will also have the opportunity to enjoy the jazz musician and trumpet player Till Brönner with his extraordinary and smoky musical performance as well as the American jazz star trio Kate Davis and Co, who have hit the American radio top charts with their captivating jazz compositions.
The concert on 30 July 2014 will close with the rising Russian jazz star Oleg Akkuratov, who only at the age of 24 has already announced himself on the door steps of the great jazz. This artist is ready to challenge every jazz star, and thus his performances are filled with vitality, maximalism and youthful character.
The next day of the World Jazz Festival on 31 July 2014 will offer five exciting jazz artists. Riga will welcome jazz saxophone star Igor Butman, in whose hands the tenor saxophone acquires a lyrical, melodic, melancholic and truly deep tone. He has performed in New York's most prestige jazz club "Blue Note" and performed together with the best world jazz artists.
During the evening, the stage will also welcome the American pianist Dave Grusin and the young Australian singer Fantine (born in Russia), whose extensive knowledge of foreign languages gives a very special sound and charisma to her created music. Furthermore, the successful Canadian singer Gino Vannelli will also entertain our viewers with his jazz music that has been created on two main values - passion and openness.
The evening of 31 July 2014 will end with the virtuoso jazz artist Lee Ritenaur, who will touch every viewer's soul with his refined technique. From blues to jazz and from jazz to the basics of rock. During this evening together with all these extraordinary artists, there will be only you and jazz.
Tickets to the World Jazz Festival can be purchased at and "Biļešu Serviss" ticket offices across Latvia.
In connection with this Festival in Dome Square both on July 30 and 31 2014, you will be able to attend open-air concerts with jazz music representatives from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Russia and USA free of charge. The main artists of the Festival will perform in "Arena Riga". You will also be able to visit jazz festival night session at concert hall "Studio 69".
Video links:
Arkadiy Ukupnik and Igor Butman:
Cassandra Wilson “You Don’t Know What Love Is”:
World Jazz Festival website: