Igor Butman & The Moscow Jazz Orchestra

Igor Butman - Bandleader, soprano, alto, tenor sax
Azat Bayazitov- Tenor sax, soprano sax
Oleg Akkuratov - Piano
Ilya Morozov - Lead alto sax, flute
Aleksandr Dovgopolyi - Baritone sax, flute
Oleg Borodin - Lead trombone
Pavel Ovchinnikov - Trombone
Denis Popov - Trumpet
Hayk Grigoryan- Trumpet, flugelhorn
Pavel Zhulin - Lead trumpet
Sergei Dolzhenkov - Trombone
Nikolay Shevnin - Bass trombone
Victor Herauker - Alto sax, flute
Eduard Zizak - Drums
Sergei Korchagin - Bass

In the Soviet Union of the ’70s, Igor Butman fell in love with the saxophone, studying alto sax at the Mussorgsky School of Music. Now ranking as THE jazz figure in his native land, this tenor saxman and bandleader leads one of the world’s most powerful jazz ensembles, providing a transcendent musical experience. The 16-piece orchestra was founded in 1999. Since then they have frequently toured Russia, Europe, and the USA, appeared at the world’s most prestigious jazz venues, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and Birdland”. .In 2012 Igor Butman Orchestra became the Moscow state jazz orchestra conducted by Igor Butman. A special collaboration between Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra led by Wynton Marsalis and Igor Butman Big Band openedthe 2003-04 season at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York.New music by both bandleaders and arrangements of Russian folk songs were premiered.

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