Jazz Bridge Journal Post #11:Big City

December 21, 2011

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When the sun rises on Vladivostok, I realize that, as lovely as Khabarovsk is, it is kind of a backwater compared to Vladivostok.  I’m very much reminded of the experience of going from Portland to Seattle.  Not just because it sits on a bay as opposed to a river, like Khabarovsk, but, because, while Khabarovsk […]

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Jazz Bridge Journal Post #10: Official Meetings

December 20, 2011

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I’m sitting in my hotel in Vladivostok, which seems like Seattle to Khabarovsk’s Portland.  A whirlwind two days here and we will be back on the plane toward home. (barring any unseen complications-weather, visas, baggage, etc)  I’ll try in the next couple of days to catch up on some posts begun but not completed in […]

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Jazz Bridge Journal Post #9: Souvenirs

December 20, 2011

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Yesterday, I started writing a post I was calling “Free Time.”  It began like this: One thing missing from these blog posts is any mention of sight-seeing or shopping.  This is not an oversight.  There actually hasn’t been any.  One of the byproducts of our busy schedule has been a lack of time to just […]

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Jazz Bridge Journal Post #8: New Plan

December 18, 2011

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Kiril Bordilovskiy is the thinker I’ve been looking for.  He is twenty-two.  He is a teaching and research assistant at the Pacific National University, which we will visit on Monday.  He seems to be a renaissance man. Our Russian student Inna calls him the genius.  He teaches science.  He loves music, and wants to write […]

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Jazz Bridge Journal Post #7: The Secret of Slava

December 17, 2011

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I guess I’m going to have to learn Russian before I’ll truly understand why Vasislav Zakharov  is so famous here.  This seventy year old saxophonist, whose 70th birthday we are over here in part to celebrate is not mentioned in the one Russian jazz history book that I’ve read.  But he is so well-known ,that […]

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Jazz Bridge Journal Post #6: Passing thoughts

December 17, 2011

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I never realized how weak the handles on plastic bags were before..  It is now clear to me they were not designed to serve as luggage.  Next time I’ll bring an LL Bean or a book bag to tote around the city carrying the miscellaneous stuff that is overflowing my backpack. **************************************************************************** The blue and […]

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Jazz Bridge Journal Post #5: Conversations

December 15, 2011

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Our pianist friend Ilya us today that there was a motto in the Soviet Union in the 1940’s about jazz. The motto was “Today you play jazz, tomorrow you betray the country.” Ilya’s sister Katya doesn’t have much good to say about Khabarovsk, or her job with the police, or Russia for that matter.  Living […]

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