Occasional Rifftides Moscow correspondent Svetlana Ilicheva (pictured) sent a report that may bring summer memories to those of us in the grip of the northern hemisphere winter. She writes:
The other day I found this video that reminded me of the annual jazz cruise on the Moskva River, organized by the Jazz Art Club. The club has sponsored the trip every summer since 1999. The cruise lasts six hours, with the club members and other passengers enjoying the music and the sights of Moscow from one end of the city to the other—and back. Groups of prominent musicians rotate between the lower and upper decks of the vessel, the Port Arthur. Every July on the day of the cruise it seems to be raining in the morning. Then the sun comes out and the sky clears. We speculate that there are jazz fans up there, and they want to see who is making the music.
Last summer, the camera caught clarinetist and soprano saxophonist Valeriy Kiselyov leading the Classic Jazz Ensemble. The other musicians are Sergey Baulin, tenor saxophone; Dmitry Yakovlev, keyboard; Vladimir Tchernitsyn, bass; and Fyodor Andreev, drums.
The medley consisted of “Moonglow,” “Seven Come Eleven” and “Don’t Be That Way;” it’s not for nothing that they’re called the Classic Jazz Ensemble. Thanks to Svetlana for warming us up.