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Pula for the second time celebrating the International Jazz Day

On April 30, Pula for the second time became a part of the international chosen cities, celebrating the International Jazz Day. Pula has managed to gather at the concert of eminent musicians from different cities and countries - jazz singer Jelena Jovović from Belgrade, saxophonist Oleg Kireyev from Moscow, pianist Milovan Paunović from Belgrade, drummer Dušan Krajnc, trumpeter Branko Sterpin and contrabassist Nenad Mirt from Pula. This wonderful event was organized as last year by the Association "Cultural Initiative" together with the Serbian Cultural Center in Istria, with the support of the Tourist Organization of Pula, the city of Pula, the chain of hotels Arena Hospitality Group and the House of Croatian Defenders.

The concert in the crowded hall of the House of Croatian Defenders was opened with Duke Ellington`s jazz hits "Take the A Train" and "Satin Doll", that the audience had the opportunity to hear in a completely new performance.

Jelena Jovović, a singer who is not only known in Serbia, but also outside the Balkan borders, who performs in the US, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, the teacher and jazz ambasador, the jazz guru in the South African Republic, joined the band and inherently special way she sang and rehearsed the songs of "Lady Sings the Blues" by great Billie Holiday, "Safe You Love for Me" and "Just in Time", after which the band performed a good, subtle, emotional authorial composition by the famous, talented Branko Sterpin "Always Late".
Following was the author's composition of virtuoso, "revolutionary Russian saxophonist", a musician about whom the American media writes in superlative form Oleg Kireyev's "Song for my Brothers", followed by author Jelena Jovovic's "Sweet Music" from her album "Heartbeat" more than 20 different musicians participated in the album, but one of them is the famous pianist Vasil Hadžinanov.

The positive atmosphere that dominated the concert, emotions, communication between the musicians and the audience once again showed that the jazz language knows no boundaries.

30 April 2019
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By and large, jazz has always been like the kind of a man you wouldn't want your daughter to associate with. Duke Ellington