Jazz in Lithuania

In 1988 I went to Lithuania for the first time where I attended the first Vilnius Jazz Festival. I went there with a band who performed at this festival. It was a great experience, I fell in love with Lithuania, a country still under Soviet occupation at that time. I went back to Lithuania again and again, I made a lot of friends there, and in 1998 I decided to live there. During that time I wrote this article about Jazz in Lithuania, which was published in several magazines around the world.


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Storytellersrus 7 years ago from Stepping past clutter

Okay, you have me hooked... so now I want to hear some of this jazz. Is there a YouTube video you might include on this site for our edification? Thanks for information about something out of my frame of reference.

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nextstopjupiter 7 years ago from here, there and everywhere Author

Hi Storytellersrus, go to videos and search Vilnius Jazz Festival, or try www.myspace.com/vilniusjazz, and you'll find some videos with jazz from Lithuania.

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tonymac04 7 years ago from South Africa

Thanks for this very interesting Hub. I am always fascinated to hear about jazz in other, unusual, places. Some years ago I met some jazz musicians from Finland and have their CD which is great. Also of course Polish jazz - there are some great musicians there, including Tomasz Stanko. I would love to hear some of these Lithuanian players.

Love and peace


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Dink96 7 years ago from Phoenix, AZ

A most informative piece. I'm with TonyMac; it's always interesting to hear about jazz in other countries. I'm going to check out your reference to Youtube. Thank you.

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ixwa 7 years ago

I have listened to all types of jazz music and am a collector. I did not know about Dutch Jazz and some serious Spannish Guitarists from Spain. I an glad to hear about jazz in Lithuania. I will track down all the artists you have mentioned above. I also have people from Lithuania listen to my Internet radio station called FASTTRACKS found on Live365.com/stations/djtot12. It will be fun if you checked it out and hung around to make out the depth and dearth of music played there. I have learned something and am going to collect these artists you mentioned in your hub. Great stuff!

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nextstopjupiter 7 years ago from here, there and everywhere Author

Hi ixwa, thank you for your comment. Go to www.vilniusjazz.lt, there you can find more informations about jazz in Lithuania.

Take care,


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