Category Archives: Igor Butman

A Night in Anzio, Italy (

What a beautiful experience it was to be among the first wave of American tourists coming back to Italy last week. I was there to attend “A Night in Anzio,” an invitation-only jazz party in the seaside town south of Rome, assembled by Polish saxophonist Sylwester Ostrowski. Here are my impressions of the experience on The line-up included four great tenor saxophonists – Ostrowski, Igor Butman, Alexander Beets and Camille Thurman – Green. Take a look at the video here:

Their version of Dexter Gordon’s song “Cheesecake” is a classic. I especially loved Igor’s solo at about 53:00. Big thanks to Sylwester, Arlette Hovinga and Lois Gilbert of


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Russian Jazz Artists Shine at St. Petersburg Conference (DownBeat)

Trumpeter Till Brönner (left) performs with saxophonist Igor Butman and the Moscow Jazz Orchestra, during the 2019 Jazz Across Borders conference in St. Petersburg, Russia.
(Photo: Courtesy Jazz Across Borders)

Local musicians met jazz promoters from around the globe and bridges were built at the third annual Jazz Across Borders conference in St. Petersburg, Russia, which I was honored to attend November 15-16, 2019. Here’s my review from

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