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Piter Jazz: The Adventure Continues

May 17, 2013

The city of St. Petersburg continues to unfold in magical ways.  The past few days have been filled with meeting jazz luminaries such as Natan Leites, the founder of Kvadrat Jazz Club in the mid-1960s (that’s the jazz club that takes to the sea on a steamboat in the summer time).  For more info on Natan from the St. Petersburg Times click HERE.  Natan told some incredible stories of his five decade career of making jazz happen in Petersburg.

Here’s a photo of Natan, Alexei (the current head of Kvadrat), and me:

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We also attended the opening of the new stage at the Alexandrinsky Theatre seeing several performances and touring the building.  At one point we found ourselves on the roof of the building and captured the moment with some of my fellow fellows as well as Lena and Makbal (from the Likhachev Foundation):

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Then the evening was rounded out by a visit to the Hat Bar where the jazz played until late into the night.  The owners, staff, and patron of the Hat Bar have been utterly generous with and I’m thrilled to have found such a great jazz bar; I’m bummed that it’s 4000 miles from Baltimore.

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