In 1996 Leonid Vintskevich, a pianist from Kursk, put into practice his project called “Jazz Province”. The idea of an itinerant jazz festival appeared in 1992. He was inspired by taking part in international Lionel Hampton’s festival in 1989. This festival was held in a small town Moskwa in the state of Idaho. The population of the town was about 25 thousand people by then. There were about 7 or 10 thousand watchers and listeners every night during 4 days.
Leonid decided to create a similar, but in his own motherland Russia. Hampton, the legend of jazz music, highly valued creativity of Vintskevich and provided support to the realization of that artwork.
Over 14 years, since 1982, there have been annual traditional “Jazz Days” in Kursk, thanks to L. Vintskevich. They had no distinct program or time constrains. But 1996 became a starting point for a new jazz festival which was represented by three concerts in Kursk and by one in Lipetsk.