The International Jazz Festival is held since 1998.
During this time, world famous stars have performed in Bansko – saxophone players Scott Hamilton (USA), Candy Dulfer (Netherlands), Igor Butman (Russia) and Charles Papazoff (Canada), guitar player Philip Catherine (Belgium) and his band, Axel Zwingenberger (Germany) – boogie pianist number one in Europe, and his rivals Silvan Zingg, Joe Bohnsack and Christoph Steinbach, also known as Boogie Wolf. The concerts of jazz pianists Milcho Leviev, Mario Stantchev, Igor Bril (Russia), Vlodek Pavlik (Poland) and Sergei Manukian (Russia) will remain unforgettable for the public.
Best remembered, however, are probably the star singers who have performed at the festival: Freddie Cole (USA), Clare Teal (Great Britain), Jamie Davis (USA), Irving Louis Lattin (USA), Kasha Rodovich (Poland), Denise Jannah (Netherlands), Camelia Todorova, Vassil Petrov, Yildiz Ibrahimova, Hilda Kazassian, Peter Salchev (Bulgaria).
It is impossible to establish the exact number of the participants – they are countless, coming from four continents.