August 14, 8 PM
Azat Bayazitov began his career as a saxophonist, arranger and composer in Kazan, where he led the State Philharmonic Jazz Orchestra of the Republic of Tatarstan from 2013. After a couple of years, Igor Butman invited him to the Moscow State Jazz Orchestra, where Azat spent the next two years as a soloist. In 2015, with Butman Music Records, he recorded his first solo album, If You Still Trust. Recently, Azat has been living in New York and collaborating with top modern American jazz musicians, including Seamus Blake, Mark Whitfield and Bob Minser. This year, on the Rainy Days label, which releases contemporary jazz, a new record from Azat is coming out, recorded with the support of guitarist Adam Rogers and pianist David Kikoski. Azat's quintet will present part of the material from this record in the courtyard of the Bottle House.
Tickets are available at the New Holland Island Infocentre, priced at 200 rubles. Places are limited.
Since the possibility to record music on physical media appeared, demand for artists has been calculated not only based on the number of tickets sold for concerts, but also on the number of singles and albums released. Nowadays, digital platforms allow musicians to deliver their recordings directly to listeners, bypassing labels and record companies. According to statistics, last year, St. Petersburg jazz musicians released no less releases than hip-hop artists. Even though this is not quite to the scale of the USA in the middle of the last century, when Miles Davis could record four records in two months, the St. Petersburg jazz scene has something to show to the world. The catalog from this year and previous years contains mainstream, modern jazz, and New Orleans classic jazz. This summer, as part of Jazz Wednesdays in the Bottle House, musicians from St. Petersburg will present their latest releases.