For the last fifteen years we have been working towards exporting Azerbaijani jazz to the world network. To do this, we joined the European Jazz Association, as well as the Herbie Hancock global jazz family – we celebrate International Jazz Day on April 30 every year, in support of the development of world jazz in general.
But the most important thing is our annual participation at the world exhibition in Germany, ‘Jazzahead!’. The Azerbaijan Pavilion presents our musicians to labels, booking agents of the global network. Thus, Azerbaijani musicians get the opportunity to join the world jazz industry.
It is also important to note that Azerbaijan, represented by jazz musician and founder of the Baku Jazz Festival Rain Sultanov, is included in the export group of leading European showcases. Mr.Sultanov annually takes part in such venues as Vitrin Showcase (Turkey), Jazz Forum (Poland), Jazzahara (Spain), Mama Jazz Showcase (Lithuania), Amersfoort World Jazz Conference (Netherlands), Jazz Meeting & Friends (Luxemburg) which contributes to the exchange of young musicians from different countries and the development of jazz music as an art form.