Discovery-Russian Federation - Jason Klobnak Music

Discovery-Russian Federation

This week’s place of Discovery belongs to one of the world’s largest countries-the Russian Federation. Russia is home to a number of great jazz musicians, clubs and festivals. The U.S. has many great jazz musicians that were born in Russia and reside in the States (Alex Sipiagin & Eldar Djangirov to name two). But, in this week’s post I wanted to focus on musicians who still reside in Russia. The 3 musicians listed below are well-known not only in their country, but in the Jazz community as well.

As with our past locations, the goal is to introduce you to 3 new musicians each week from different parts of the world. My hope is you will find some new discoveries, support them by buying their albums and by attending their concerts if you are in their area (or they in yours). Another benefit is for you to hear new musicians and how they approach their instrument and jazz. You never know where you might find your next favorite line!

The Russian Federation is a massive country with a lot of musicians. A great way to keep track of what is happening in the Russian jazz community is checking out the magazine Jazz.RU/eng. This has been an interesting resource to me in finding out what has been going on in the Russian jazz scene.

Like mentioned last week with Australia; Russia has been the home to a number of jazz musicians known and unknown. Hopefully the musicians below are people you will start checking out (if you have not already).

Valery Ponomarev-trumpet
Igor Butman– sax
Oleg Butman-drums

These are just a few of literally hundreds of great jazz musicians you can find in and/or from Russia. If you have checked out these musicians above, be sure to check out their websites and albums to support them. I would also highly encourage you to look up other great Russian musicians and see what this great country has to offer in terms of Jazz.


About the Author jasonklobnak

Jason Klobnak is a versatile trumpet player that has been performing as an active musician, author, clinician, composer and educator. His band, J's Ruckus, is Denver's blend of Post-Bop, Soul, Gospel, and Hip-Hop. They perform infectious and up-lifting originals for audiences hungry for a memorable live experience. J's Ruckus released their latest album, Suck Less, in March of 2020 and their first EP, Sermons, in July of 2019. Both were recorded live in front of an audience. Suck Less was recorded to a packed auditorium at Arapahoe Community College's Waring Theater in Littleton, CO. Sermons was recorded in front of a sold out crowd at the Soiled Dove Underground.  The JKQ (the Jason Klobnak Quintet/Quartet) is Mr. Klobnak's Hammond B-3 centered groups. The JKQ released their third full-length album in March of 2018 called Friends & Family. It has been very well reviewed, on numerous Top 10 lists for Jazz radio stations across the country (including Denver's KUVO 89.3FM which named it May 2018's CD of the month), and in Jazzweek's Top 100. Each composition was written for specific family and close friends (that might as well be family). Their second album, New Chapter, was recorded in part thanks to the Pathways to Jazz Grant from the Boulder County Arts Alliance. In 2015 and 2016, New Chapter was in the Top 75 on the Jazzweek charts and on the Top 10 playlists for over a dozen radio stations worldwide. Their first album, Mountain, Move made the Best Recordings of 2013 list from by C. Michael Bailey. His very well reviewed Christmas single, Hark the Herald, in 2016 as part of a creative project with musicians James Roberson and Nathaniel Kearney Jr. Besides the JKQ, Mr. Klobnak is a B.A.C. (Best American Craftsman-custom trumpet), Denis Wick (mouthpiece and mutes) and Westone Audio endorsed artist (ES20 and Tru Customs). Mr. Klobnak has played and recorded for numerous groups ranging from jazz, soul/R&B, indie-rock/pop and gospel. In addition to performing, he has also written two improvisation-based books called Targeting: Improvisation With Purpose and Breaking the Monotony and is currently an adjunct professor and brass instructor at Arapahoe Community College. Mr. Klobnak holds a bachelor degree from Drake University (Des Moines, IA) and a Master’s degree from the University of Denver, Lamont School of Music (Denver, CO).

  • Nachum says:

    I beg Your pardon, Oleg Butman is the drummer, the pianist – Ivan Farmakovsky.

    • jasonklobnak says:

      Nachum-you are correct. Oleg is the drummer (he is the younger brother of saxophonist Igor Butman). Thanks for catching that. It was a typo that I have corrected.

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