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On July 27, saxophonist Alexander Pischikov and his quintet of international stars will celebrate the legacy of one of the greatest tenor saxophonists in jazz history: John Coltrane.


Get ready for a post-bop festival in a class of its own when geniuses like Alex Sipiagin and Gregory Hutchinson give free rein to their creativity.

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  • ALEX SIPIAGIN - TRUMPET
  • ALEXANDER PISCHIKOV - SAX
  • YAKOV OKUN - PIANO
  • MAKAR NOVIKOV - BASS
  • GREG HUTCHINSON - DRUMS
  • SPECIAL GUEST: RACHELLE JEANTY - VOCALS

Rachelle Jeanty was born in New York and grew up in Montreal. The singer has her roots in Haiti. Rachelle has been performing in her father's folkloric dance troupe since the age of 4 and her love for Caribbean music unfolds as she sings and plays her rhythms on congas and bongos.

Rachelle, the newest member of LES COLORÉS (The Colored), deepens the groove and repertoire of this colorful Afro-Caribbean jazz band with her percussion playing and melodic voice. After a world tour as backing singer for Celine Dion and 25 years of singing from jazz to pop, Rachelle begins a new chapter in her musical life by returning to her roots and offering her Caribbean soul to the public.

Alex Sipiagin is no stranger to jazz fans. Since the age of 24, the native Russian has lived in New York, where he is one of the absolute top players in his field. He won the renowned Louis Armstrong Competition of the Th. Monk Institute, released numerous albums on the infamous Criss Cross label and worked in formations with Michael Brecker, Eric Clapton, Donny McCaslin, Seamus Blake, Dave Holland or the Mingus Big Band.Yakov Okun is a Russian jazz pianist and composer born in Moscow.

He initially enjoyed a classical piano education and graduated from the renowned Gnessin Institute in 1992. From the 1990s onwards, he established himself as a permanent fixture in the Russian jazz world and became the first-call pianist for musicians performing in Russia, including greats such as James Spaulding, Donny McCaslin and Jeremy Pelt.

The virtuoso regularly makes guest appearances in New York clubs, during one of his stays he recorded the trio album New York Encounter with Ben Street & Billy Drummond for Criss Cross Jazz. Okun is regarded as one of the leading Russian jazz musicians of the last 30 years.Makar Novikov from Moscow is one of the best known Russian jazz double bassists.

An experienced accompanist and virtuoso soloist, he has performed with artists like Jimmy Cobb, Clark Terry, Jimmy Heath and James Spaulding. He is a graduate of the acknowledged Gnesins’ Russian Academy of Music. After his move to Italy in 2022, he started to work extensively with Italian musicians like Rosario Giuliani or Maurizio Giammarco, and to teach jazz bass at the Siena Jazz University.

Today, he regularly appears as a member of Alex Sipiagin’s and Antonio Faraò’s projects as well as with the Olivia Trummer Trio and the Isfar Sarabski Trio, touring worldwide.Jazz Magazine describes him as “the drummer of his generation” and indeed, Gregory Hutchinson is one of the most highly respected musicians of our time.
His mastery of timing and expression of rhythms is at the core of his personal style. He is a musician’s drummer, soundly rooted in the jazz tradition he is able to approach all styles of music with supreme accuracy and imagination, decorating compositions with his natural feel and mind blowing innovation.

Dianne Reeves describes him as “Pure Genius.” Gary Giddins described his drum work as “Elegant” and more “like dancing.” Joshua Redman describes him as “Inspired.” To Hutch, his goal is to play the drums like Charlie Parker plays the horns, “I want to sing on the drums the way he sings on the horn.”

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July 2024
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