„One of the greatest“ - Bill Clinton
Igor Butman is one of the most important jazz musicians in Russia. Without any kind of exaggeration he can be called one of the most important jazz musicians in the world. Experts and fans around the globe are captivated by the warmth and richness of his tone, the energy of his attack, the smoothness of his phrases and the sensuality with which he makes his saxophone speak to the audience. With infallible taste, the musical ambassador of his Russian homeland leads his saxophone through highs and lows, making it roar, flatter, murmur, sigh, lure, rant, scream and shriek, chasing it through preposterously fast runs, yet always remaining tasteful, flawless in phrasing and accurate in timing. And then, the artist who was compared to a steamroller by the New York Times, all of a sudden, touches the hearts of his audience with the sheer beauty of his sound.
Butman is the leader of the Moscow Jazz Orchestra and the Igor Butman Quintet. He appeared on stage with nearly every jazz celebrity, including Dave Brubeck, Chick Corea, Lionel Hampton, and Grover Washington. In the recording studio he joined Chick Corea, Jack DeJohnette, John Patitucci, Stefon Harris, and Randy Brecker. Together with Herbie Hancock he became the Artistic Director of the “International Jazz Days” in Saint Petersburg in 2008. On the occasion of the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the end of the World War II, he performed in front of the presidents of Russia and the USA in Moscow.
Butman studied clarinet and saxophone with Gennadi Golstein at the Mussorgsky Music School. In 1987 he went to the United States to study at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he performed with Gary Burton and others. In the 1980s he performed with Pat Metheny and Grover Washington Jr. In 1993 he recorded his first solo album with his own compositions in the USA. Butman frequently travels between the Russian capital and New York. In Moscow, he is a promoter and organizer of the local jazz scene. Since 2000 he has been organizing the Muscovite "Triumph of Jazz Festival" and is the director of the famous jazz club "Le Club".
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