Winter Events in Odesa

Winter Events in Odesa

Now that winter holidays are almost over, you can go back to seeing musicians, visiting concerts and enjoying various live gigs. January brings plenty of high-profile music events to Odesa.

Johnny O’Neal Concert

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Johnny O'Neal is a jazz legend - a virtuosic pianist in the style of Art Tatum and a great vocalist steeped in the blues. A fine pianist influenced by Oscar Peterson, Johnny O'Neal actually started his career playing gospel piano in church while a teenager. Inspired by Peterson, Art Tatum, and Bud Powell, O'Neal started exploring jazz in 1976 and after impressing Ray Brown, found his way into Milt Jackson's group. Other important jobs followed (with Sonny Stitt, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, and Buddy DeFranco), and in 1982, O'Neal moved to New York and soon recorded his debut with Concord. After playing regularly with Clark Terry, he was a member of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers (1982-1983) and had mostly led his own groups ever since. Johnny O'Neal has recorded as a leader for Concord, Parkwood, and Justin Time (1995), taking three effective vocals on the latter set.
When: January, 28th, 2017. 7 PM
Where: Odesa Philharmonic House
Read: Best Winter Events in Kyiv

Shkaff Jazz Jam Session

This January Shkaff, popular Odesa jazz club, is starting a good tradition of jazz jam session nights. Starting from January 4th, Shkaff will host various jazz concerts every week with diverse program and interesting invited guests.
When: January 4th, January 11th, January 18th, 2017.
Where: 32, Grecheskaya street, Odesa. Shkaff Music Club

Nicholas Roerich Memorial Exhibition

Nicholas Roerich – known also as Nikolai Konstantinovich Rerikh – was a Russian painter, writer, archaeologist, theosophist, perceived by some in Russia as an enlightener, philosopher, and public person. He was interested in hypnosis and other spiritual practices; his paintings are said to have hypnotic expression.
Nicholas Roerich Memorial Museum in Odesa presents an exhibition about Roerich’s life and work dedicated to artist’s 80th birthday.
When: till February 25th, 2017.
Where: 47, Bol’shaya Arnautskaya street, Odesa. Nicholas Roerich Memorial Museum

The Nutcracker by Kyiv Modern Ballet

Ever since its premiere in St. Petersburg in 1892, The Nutcracker has been an integral and irreplaceable part of Christmas celebrations worldwide and a work of theatrical exuberance synonymous with the unfettered joys of childhood wonderment. Kyiv Modern Ballet touching and multilayered version of the famous ballet is a spectacular re-imagining that has been greeted with rapturous acclaim by audiences whenever it is performed.
When: February 21, 2017
Where: Odesa Opera House
Read: January 2017 Opera and Ballet Performances in Kyiv


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Art image created by the ethno-chaos DakhaBrakha band makes a quite mystical impression: it is recognizable and unfamiliar at the same time. Just look at four fanciful silhouettes on stage wearing high hats and hear the first notes of music - they look and sound like aliens that came to earth from an unknown country. At the same time, DakhaBrkha is a popular Ukrainian band that opens original folk music from another angle, preserving the authentic motifs and sound.
When: February 26, 2017. 7 PM
Where: 15, Pastera street, Odesa. Ukrainian Theater.
Photo source:, youtube, Dakha Brakha offical web page, Shkaff Odesa Facebook page. All photos belong to their rightful owners. 

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