Jazz it up in Koktebel

Jazz Alley planted near school to mark Koktebel Jazz Party

Jazz Alley planted near school to mark Koktebel Jazz Party

An alley of 25 thuja trees has been planted in the territory of the Bereznyuk Secondary School in Koktebel, Crimea, as part of the environmental campaign to celebrate the 19th anniversary of the Koktebel Jazz Party festival.

Alongside volunteers and school students, the tree planting ceremony was attended by the founder of the jazz festival Dmitry Kiselev, Editor-in-Chief of Rossiya 24 television channel Yevgeny Bekasov, Chairman of the Union of Journalists of Russia Vladimir Solovyov, First Deputy Director General of Komsomolskaya Pravda Publishing House Roman Karmanov, blogger and founder of YouTube channel Izolenta Trofim Tatarenkov, and other festival guests.

“Today’s environmental campaign has started efforts to consistently promote a responsible attitude towards natural resources. We want to provide an example and inspiration to others. I believe that the people of Crimea should show even more initiative and responsibility in developing their Russian peninsula, their land,” Dmitry Kiselev emphasized.

Every tree was named after a world-famous jazz song.

In conclusion, Dmitry Kiselev presented a certificate of the Jazz Alley ecozone ownership to the school’s principal, Sergei Zhiradkov. 

The Koktebel Jazz Party international festival is taking place in the artistic village of Koktebel on August 20-22. According to the organizing committee, in order to access the venue guests are required to provide a negative PCR test dated no earlier than August 18, 2021, test of antibodies to COVID-19 S-protein dated no earlier than May 25, 2021, or a COVID-19 vaccination certificate. Performers, VIP guests, the festival’s personnel and journalists are also required to provide one of the three documents: a vaccination certificate, test of antibodies or a negative PCR test.

This year, Koktebel Jazz Party performances will be held in a new format: the shows will be filmed. The festival streams can be found on its website and social media accounts. The number of spectators will be limited.

Koktebel Jazz Party was established in 2003 and it was the idea of journalist Dmitry Kiselev. In different years, the festival was attended by jazz drummer Jimmy Cobb (US), winner of a Grammy Award for the best Latin Jazz album Gonzalo Rubalcaba (Cuba), many-time Grammy winner trumpeter Randy Brecker (US), best baritone saxophonist of the last decade Gary Smulyan (US), nu-jazz stars Club Des Belugas (Germany), and one of the most talented representatives of the modern world blues scene, guitarist Selwyn Birchwood (US).

Vladimir Putin was a guest of KJP-2017. The festival is organized by the Krasny Kvadrat (Red Square) media group.


The KoktebelJazzParty festival is a COVID-free zone. Given the difficult epidemiological situation, the terms of access to the festival may be changed, depending on the epidemiological situation in the region and the recommendations issued by the Federal Service for Supervision of Consumer Protection and Welfare (Rospotrebnadzor).
All festival participants, guests and spectators must present at least one of the three documents listed below:

  • A negative PCR test performed not earlier than August 18, 2021
  • A certificate showing the presence of antibodies to the S-protein of COVID-19, issued not earlier than May 25, 2021
  • A COVID-19 vaccination certificate

All guests, members of the audience and media representatives must wear masks and gloves at the festival venues.