Free Concert Moscow Jazz Orchestra Igor Butman
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Igor Butman, saxophone virtuoso, bandleader, club owner and television host, is Russia's number one jazz personality. Born in Protected content Leningrad (now St.Petersburg).
After Igor Butman immigrated to America in Protected content , he went on to major in Performance and Composition at Berklee College of Music in Massachusetts. While still in the U.S.S.R., Igor was invited to play with touring American musicians, including Dave Brubeck, Chick Corea, Pat Metheny, Gary Burton, Louis Bellson and Grover Washington Jr., who took Igor "under his wing".
Igor's big sound and boyish exuberance have earned him standing ovations and many new fans, and his US solo career has moved straight ahead. He led his own group with Rachel Z. at Boston's leading Jazz club, The Regattabar, and has been featured soloist with the Billy Taylor Quartet, the Walter Davis Jr. Quartet and the Monty Alexander Quintet. He appeared on "The Today Show", "Good Morning America" and numerous other international programs.
Moving to New York in Protected content , Butman worked with The Lionel Hampton Orchestra. In Protected content , Igor recorded with actor/musician Michael Moriarty's Quintet the album Live at the Fat Tuesday`s on DRG Records. In Variety's review of this recording, it was noted that Igor, "Impressed with a round tone and deft ability at double time efforts and harmonized tightly".
In the Protected content Igor Butman performed at almost every major jazz festival, such as JVC Jazz Festival in New York, Boston Globe Jazz Festival in Boston, Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival in Idaho, Festival Internationale de Jazz de Montreal in Canada.
Later Igor Butman moved to Russia and during the following years he became " a jazz bridge between Moscow and New York", bringing to Russia and playing with Eddie Gomez, Lenny White, John Abercrombie, Joe Lock and many other musicians.
Butman`s marvelous coalescence of soul, sound and technique drew praise from American President Bill Clinton, one time tenor man, at a state dinner hosted by Vladimir Putin at the Moscow Kremlin. Clinton stated, that Igor Butman is "may be the greatest living jazz saxophone player, who happens to be a Russian."
On October 27, Protected content Butman’s 50th anniversary concert featuring Wynton Marsalis, Natalie Cole, Billy Cobham and Christian McBride took place at Protected content Kremlin Palace in Moscow, the biggest venue of the country, and became one of the most important events in the history of Russian jazz, according to mass media!
Igor has performed at every Olympic Games starting with Athens' Protected content he was among those who ensured Russian victory in running for the capital of Winter Games in Protected content . Igor Butman runs international "AquaJazz" festival which is held annually in July in Sochi.
On November 1, Protected content , in Washington, Igor Butman was awarded the prize of the Institute of Sustainable Dialogue for “a monumental contribution to overcoming contradictions through art” and organizing musical exchanges in order to bring people of different countries closer together. He became the first Russian cultural figure to be awarded this prize.
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