On September 30, 2009, the Open World Leadership Center and the Library of Congress Music Division cosponsored the Russian-American Jazz Summit. Conversations on the American influence in Russian Jazz were led by two world-renowned jazz experts, Russian Cyril Moshkow and American Larry Appelbaum, at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.
In 1998 Cyril Moshkow became managing editor of Jazz.Ru, Russia’s leading web conglomerate dedicated to jazz music. Besides writing for Jazz.Ru, Moshkow also writes for daily newspapers, general interest and entertainment magazines and monthly music magazines. Since 2000 he has served as Russian contributor to Down Beat, the world’s most respected jazz magazine. In 2006 Jazz.Ru Magazine was launched making Moshkow its publisher and editor. He has taught music journalism at Moscow State University, his alma-mater, since 1991. Moshkow is also a science fiction writer having published three novels in Russia’s largest publishing house, EKSMO Press. By the time of the Summit, he has written the book «The Jazz Industry in America» (2008), which discusses the industry of jazz music in the United States and «The Jazz Greats» (2009), a book about jazz musicians. Moshkow travels extensively as a jazz journalist covering jazz festivals and other forms of jazz activity.
Larry Appelbaum is a senior music reference librarian and jazz specialist in the Music Division at the Library of Congress. As a former sound engineer, he transferred, edited and mastered many classical, jazz and folk recordings for commercial release. As a critic, he is a contributor to the books «Jazz: The First Century» (William Morrow, 2000) and «The Encyclopedia of Radio» (Museum of Broadcast Communications 2003). He writes regularly for JazzTimes and other magazines and websites around the world, curates a jazz film series, and is a long time radio host on WPFW-FM in Washington, D.C.