Jazz Quintet New York
Music from popular Russian movies of the 60's and 70's (video)
New York jazz ensemble led by Ruslan Khain on MySpace.com video
Music from popular Russian movies of the 60's and 70's (mp3)
Music from popular Russian movies of the 60's and 70's (album cover)
Ruslan Khain story
Classically trained from the early age of five, Ruslan has been exposed to and fascinated by music from the beginning. Worlds away from the birthplace of the jazz art form, at seventeen he discovered the great recordings of Count Basie, Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald and, later, such greats as Jimmy Blanton, Charlie Parker, Oscar Pettiford, Paul Chambers, Sam Jones, Monk and Bud Powell.
Ruslan decided to take up the acoustic bass not long after discovering this intriguing genre of music, while attending the Mussorgsky College of Music.
At twenty-four he formed his own group and began performing around the St. Petersburg area. Soonafter, he joined Gennady Goldstein's band.
The excitement of performing live further intensified his drive, and the allure of the faraway jazz epicenter known to him only through old records and movies became impossible to resist.
In 1999 with bass in hand, Ruslan made his way to New York City and was performing in clubs around town within a week of his arrival.
Well-received at clubs such as Smalls, Fat Cat, Smoke, Kavehaz, and Swing 46 (where he worked with the Kent Glenn Big Band and Trio), Ruslan has been keeping busy.
He performs regularly with the Valery Ponomarev Quintet and Big Band and has also had opportunity to sit in with such greats as Jimmy Cobb, Hank Jones, Frank Wess and Louis Hayes.
Ruslan has also had the honor of recording with the great Clark Terry. Augmenting the role of the sideman with his keen ear for composing, Ruslan's truest musical talent is made richly apparent - his melodic and swinging compositions speak for themselves, as well as his natural gift for writing arrangements.
Ruslan Khain bio
1993 - started playing the acoustic bass.
1994-1997 - attended the Mussorgsky College of Music.
1998 - joined Gennady Goldstein's band "Saxophones of Sankt-Petersburg".
1999 - moved to New York City where he has continued to perform as a sideman.
1999-2003 - regularly performed at Smalls Jazz Club.
2003 - worked with The Kent Glenn Big Band and Trio at Swing 46 club.
Since 2004 - regular member of Valery Ponomarev Quintet and Big Band.
2006-2007 - guest performer with Russian folk ensemble Barynya (contrabass-balalaika)
2007 - he recorded his own CD "Tie It In".
He currently performs with his own band at FatCat on a regular basis...
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