October 10, 2022: Oleg Lundstrem Orchestra performed in Taganrog's concert hall "Olymp". Formed in 1934, the band has been recognized as the oldest continuously existing jazz band in the world.
The performance was dedicated to the 100th anniversary of Russian jazz and hence paid a tribute to the Taganrog-born founder of Soviet Jazz Valentin Parnakh
. He founded the First Eccentric Orchestra of the Russian Federated Socialist Republic - Valentin Parnakh's Jazz Band, which held its debut concert in the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts GITIS on October 1, 1922, in Moscow. This very date is commonly accepted as the Russian Jazz Day.
Taganrog City Council President and City Executive Inna Titarenko expressed gratitude to both the musicians of Oleg Lundstrem Orchestra and Taganrog Honorary Freeman Leonid Matusevich, who was the organizer of the event. Inna Titarenko presented a gift to the band's chief conductor Boris Frumkin - a collection of poems of Valentin Parnakh and his sister Yelizaveta Tarakhovskaya
"The Mirror Soul", first presented at the 15th International Chekhov Book Festival
in May, 2022.
Ten years back a memorial plaque was inaugurated
in honor of three members of Parnokh family on their birth house at Alexandrovskaya Street, 62. The family was very talented: Valentin Parnakh
, Russian poet, translator, historian, explorer, musician, choreographer, ballet master, one of the most influential personalities of the "Silver Age"; Sophia Parnok
, Russian poetess and translator; Yelizaveta Tarakhovskaya
, poetess, playwright, translator and author of children's books.