In the Soviet Union the best of the country's jazz musicians have been taking part in the Sixth Moscow Jazz Festival.
GV EXTERIOR ZOOM IN TO SV Musicians and others standing around outside concert hall
SVS INTERIOR Musicians standing around in foyer (2 shots)
SV PAN FROM Man playing trumpet TO saxophonist
SVs Crowd listening (3 shots)
SV Man playing double bass
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Background: In the Soviet Union the best of the country's jazz musicians have been taking part in the Sixth Moscow Jazz Festival. Those considered the most outstanding will be given the opportunity to record their music and perform for radio and television.
SYNOPSIS: But during the festival the musicians were committed to concentration on an inspired live performance before an audience of discriminating devotees. Although of black American origins, these days jazz is a universal language.
The Moscow Jazz Festival is an annual event and in 1980 the best groups will be performing for the participants in and visitors to the Olympic Games.
Although that other American musical product, Rock and Roll, is frowned on by the authorities, jazz has a place in Soviet culture and is accepted by the establishment.
After the festival the musicians held their traditional jam session at the Composers' Union club. The opening tune was provided by veteran pianist Nikolai Minkh and he was joined by some of the Soviet Union's most popular performers and composers.