Oleg Kireyev, saxophones
Keith Javors, piano
Boris Kozlov, bass
E.J. Strickland, drums
In a continuing collaboration of East and West, Russian jazz saxophonist Oleg Kireyev joins the Keith Javors Trio in an exciting evening of straight-ahead jazz with world influences. The show will feature a quartet setting of new originals and standards, some of which were recorded for BCD Records concluding their tour of Russia and Poland in March. While working together in Europe, Oleg Kireyev and Keith Javors performed recently (March 10-23) in Russia and Poland. Their joint project was successfully presented in Moscow and Yaroslavl and in numerous towns in Poland: Kielce, Krakow, Tychy; at a concert hall inside the medieval castle of Przemysl and at the Rodno Club in Kutno. The fruitful result of this tour is embodied in new tracks for their mutual new album, which were recorded at the most famous and respected TOYA STUDIO in Poland. While the combination has been a very natural fit, they have only been working together a short time.
Its necessary to emphasize that Oleg Kireyev has performed in NYC repeatedly: he was on a stage of a Symphony Space with his unique program of ethnic jazz, he showed up at a Jazz Improv festival and was playing at the clubs Smalls, Smoke and Iridium as well as well. In the Fall of 2008, Kireyev was doing an East Coast run where he first performed with Keiths outstanding Philadelphia-based trio of Steve Meashey on bass and Brian Menendez on drums, including shows at Blues Alley in Washington, D.C. and Chris Jazz Caf in Philadelphia. At the Iridium, they will be joined by two of New York Citys finest and most creative musicians, Boris Kozlov (bass) and E.J. Strickland, drums. The group is previewing a CD recorded at Bennett Studios.
Oleg's playing is a marvelous combination of styles, incorporating a whole lot of players. I hear echoes of the 1920s and John Coltrane combined with the unstructured jazz". --Bud Shank
Javors distinguishes himself as a bandleader intent on collective envelope-pushing...It's full steam ahead." --Bill Milkowski, Jazz Times
With performances ranging from melancholy and contemplative to swinging and bluesy to exuberant and burning" (Jazz Times), ArtistShare recording artist Keith Javors is widely-respected as both a courageous and skilled producer and pianist as well as a gifted music educator. A former pianist with alto saxophonist Bunky Green who describes him as a creative force with an urgent message that cannot be denied, Keith has numerous years of professional experience in performing and directing ensembles consistently recognized for their musicality.
Keith's performance credits include concerts at many of the major festivals, performance halls, and clubs around the world, including the Rockefeller Center, Great Plains Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival, Montreux Jazz Festival and many others. He has recorded or performed with a veritable who's who of jazz, including George Coleman, Bunky Green, Eddie Henderson, Conrad Herwig, Gerry Mulligan, Chris Potter, etc.
Drummers E.J. Strickland playing has been described as emitting fields of cumulative energy, clouds of feather-touch and heavy-handed syncopations, latent with power like an oncoming storm (Thomas Conrad, Downbeat Magazine). Before earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Jazz Performance, he had already performed with artists such as Wynton Marsalis, Nneenna Freelon, Abbey Lincoln, Christian McBride, Herbie Hancock, Wessell Anderson, and Dianne Reeves. E.J. is also currently touring & performing with Cassandra Wilson, George Colligan quartet & trio, and the David Gilmore trio.
Winning many awards for his playing, Boris Kozlov (bass) has performed and recorded with some of the top musicians in the jazz field including saxophonists Bobby Watson, Bob Berg, Benny Golson, James Moody, Ronnie Cuber, Lew Tabackin, John Stubblefield, Jay Collins, Jorhe Sylvester, Ravi Coltrane: Trumpeters Dizzy Reese, Phillip Harper, Brian Lynch, Alex Sipiagin; pianists Andy La Verne, David Kikoski, Walter Bishop Jr., Michel Petrucciani, Stanley Cowell, Toshiko Akioshi. In1992-94 Kozlovs band was a headliner of Texas International Jazz Festival. In 1998 he started performing with the Mingus Big Band.