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Arts Calendar / November 18 / Concerts
19:00 Lundstrem Jazz Orchestra (Russia)
The State Chamber Orchestra of jazz music, named after the legendary Oleg Lundstrem, has a unique history. It celebrated its 85th anniversary in 2019, confirming its status as the "longest-playing" big band in the world, a distinction recorded in the Russian Guinness Book of Records. The father of Russian jazz, Oleg Lundstrem helmed the nation's first big band, keeping the group afloat for more than seven decades despite the fierce opposition of Soviet leaders. In 1940 the Lundstrem Jazz Orchestra inaugurated an extended run at the Paramount, then Shanghai's most prestigious venue; by this time the roster included 14 musicians, with Lundstrem - dubbed "the King of Jazz in the Far East" by the local press - serving as conductor. The band has been led since 2007 by well-known jazz pianist and bandleader Boris Frumkin. Under his leadership, the orchestra continued the tradition of its founder Oleg Lundstrem, who once said, "As far as the credo of our orchestra, it has remained the same: we are true to jazz, we strive to make jazz an important component of the spiritual life of man."
Rachmaninov Concert Hall (Philharmonia-2) 
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