January Jazz Fest
Igor Butman Moscow Jazz Orchestra
Jan. 11, 2014 / 8pm
Sitnik Theater of the Lackland Center
Centenary Stage Hosts International Jazz Sensation Igor Butman
“The Igor Butman Big Band, an outfit of virtuosos, offered a
Kicking off Centenary Stage Company’s annual January Jazz Fest is the internationally renowned Igor Butman and
his Moscow Jazz Orchestra, featuring Allan Harris on Saturday, January 11th at 8 p.m. Igor Butman, now Russia's top
jazz personality, is not only the artistic director of the country's best jazz club, he also leads the hottest jazz
orchestra in Russia. The band has evolved into Russia's best touring hardcore jazz unit. Butman`s marvelous coalescence
of soul, sound and technique drew praise from President Bill Clinton, one time tenor man, at a state dinner hosted by
Vladimir Putin at the Moscow Kremlin. Clinton stated, that Igor Butman "may be the greatest living jazz saxophone
player, who happens to be a Russian." The Wall Street Journal calls saxophonist Igor Butman “one of the best ‘traditional’ American-style
big-band leaders, although he happens to be Russian.”
“This is, without a doubt, one of the most electrifying big bands I have ever seen,” says Centenary Stage general manager Catherine Rust, who with Producing Director Carl Wallnau, discovered Butman and the orchestra at last year’s APAP presenter’s conference in New York City. “We are incredibly fortunate to catch him while he is in the country, and to bring him to our New Jersey audiences!”
A young student of the remarkable musician and brilliant teacher Gennady Goldstein, Igor Butman also took unofficial lessons from nightly broadcasts of jazz from 11: 15 p.m. to midnight on Voice of America. First arriving in America in 1987, Butman majored in Performance and Composition at Berklee College of Music in Massachusetts. By the time Igor arrived in the United States, he already had a "fan club" made up of some of America's most respected Jazz artists. While still in the U.S.S.R., Igor was invited to play with touring American musicians, including Dave Brubeck, Chick Corea, Pat Metheny, Gary Burton, Louis Bellson and Grover Washington Jr., who took Igor "under his wing".
Upon his return to Russia, Butman has become " a jazz bridge between Moscow and New York", bringing to Russia and playing with Eddie Gomez, Lenny White, John Abercrombie, Joe Lock and many other musicians. When Wynton Marsalis performed in Russia in 1998, he invited Butman to be a guest soloist with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. The next year Marsalis was a featured guest with the Igor Butman Big Band at Le Club. On September 18 & 20, 2003 Jazz at Lincoln Center opened its 2003-04 season with a special collaboration between the renowned Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and the Igor Butman Big Band. Butman’s big sound and boyish exuberance have earned him standing ovations and many new fans, and his US solo career has moved straight ahead.
Allan Harris, Vocalist
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About the David and Carol Lackland Center
The Centenary Stage Company moved to the Carol and David Lackland Center (located at 715 Grand Ave, Hackettstown) in August, 2010. With a 22,000-square-foot performance space, the facility is the most sophisticated performing arts venues in northwest New Jersey. The center includes a new state-of-the-art 500-seat theatre (Sitnik Theater), a black box theater (The Edith Bolte Kutz ’42 Theater), a dance studio, scene shop, a costume shop, green room and dressing rooms. In addition to housing the theatre, the 68K square foot Lackland Center is home to a variety of cultural activity, and including WNTI, the College's listener-supported public radio station, CCTV, Centenary's Comcast-licensed television studio, and gallery space for visual artists.
Named in honor of Carol Burgess Lackland, A Centenary graduate (Class of 1954), and her husband, David A. Lackland, a Centenary College Trustee, The David and Carol Lackland Center, has been designed to enrich student life and bring new cultural opportunities to northwest New Jersey. ...more (including photos, progress reports, and 'Tour Lackland with Carl')
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