Thursday, June 16, 2011

New Blood

In this band, only the drummer, Yakov Okun (who is also one of Russia's best jazz pianists, by the way,) is older than 30; others are under 25. The leader, alto sax player Pyotr Gazarov, appears again on Moscow's small but busy jazz scene after a few years at the New School University in New York City (from where he graduated about a month ago.) In an intriguing co-op effort with singer Alina Rostotskaya (a bandleader in her own right,) and with solid support from Okun and the stout bassist Sergei Korchagin, last night Pyotr performed at an unlikely venue - Produkty, new Italian eatery inside the Red October, ex-chocolate factory in downtown Moscow converted into a conglomerate of galleries, restaurants, and clubs. Here's their rendition of Gershwin's "The Man I Love."

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