Nikolai Panov( Saxophonist, composer, leader of the ensemble 'Jazz Gallery `, Honored Artist of Russia)
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Biography Nikolai Panov
Born August 30, 1945 in central Russia, in Bogorodsk near Nizhny Novgorod. His grandfather and uncle on his mother's side were professional musicians and interest in music started early. Clarinet began in an amateur brass band, but, following the desire to expand their horizons, Nicholas received a diploma in 1968, computer engineer, graduated from the Moscow Higher Technical School of. Bauman, where he played jazz in the student ensemble.
Career as a professional musician began in 1971. He graduated from music school in the suburban town of Elektrostal. Being in 1976. saxophonist of the "Cadence", which was led by Herman Lukyanov, Nick spent the next few years in numerous tours to Russia and Europe.
. In 1984 he became a soloist and arranger for big band led by Oleg Lundstrem, where he wrote many original compositions and arrangements for big band and small groups, many of whom were later released on albums
. Among the tracks are attracting the attention of the processing of Russian classics and folk melodies.
. Nikolai Panov acted in more than 12 countries around the world with his band, which later was named "Jazz Gallery, with Oleg Lundstrem Orchestra and as soloist - a guest at festivals, concerts and jazz clubs
. Among the names with whom he worked - Gunther Schuller, John Griffin, Stevie Wonder, Natalie Cole, Philip Catherine, Jeffery Smith, Bert Joris, Hein van de Geyn, Zbigniew Namyslovsky, Deborah Brown.
. Dividing his time between working in a large orchestra and project management, Jazz Gallery, Nikolai Panov always finding new sounds and musical ideas that come both from the East and the West
. Together with two Dutch musicians he presents Quartet Amsterdam - Moscow, . new soundings were found for "Indian Project", . "Jazz Gallery, . since 1995, . presented a series of "musical portraits" of interesting foreign performers.,
. His compositions were performed: Oleg Lundstrem Orchestra (Russia), Orchestra of the University of Illinois (USA), Orchestra Joss Mons (Belgium), the International Orchestra of Stars (France).
. Performances at the festivals: Jazz Jamboree (1980), . North Sea (1984), . Praga (1986), . Grenoble (1990), . Rosenheim (1990), . Kajani (1990), . IAJE (1991), . Imatra (1990), . Pori (1992), . Indian Music Festival (1993), . Lyon Jazz promenade (1994), . and numerous festivals in Russia, . since 1974,
. Recordings: LP "Virgo" - in 1989, CD "Indian project" - in 1993, "Jazz gallery" - in 1995, tapes: "Jazz gallery featuring Manda Djinn" - 1997, "Jazz gallery featuring Jeffery Smith" -- 1997
. He taught saxophone in the jazz department of the College of
. Gnesinyh, author of textbooks.
. Organized tours in Russia foreign musicians, . among them - trombonist Phil Abraham, . pianist Hervц╘ Sellin, . guitarist Philip Catherine, . trumpeter Alan Boucher, . vocalists Deborah Brown, . Sandi Patton, . Kristel Adams, . Marie Annick St-Sulfur, . Manda Djinn, . Jeffery Smith.,
. Since January 1999
. Nikolai Panov lives and works in the U.S. (Atlanta, Georgia).