Igor Butman Launches U.S. Tour
Russian saxophonist Igor Butman will illustrate that jazz is truly a global phenomenon when he kicks off a U.S. tour on Jan. 11 in Hackettstown, N.J., at Centenary College. He will conclude the Stateside jaunt with two shows in New Orleans on Jan. 22 and Jan. 24.
Butman will be joined by the Moscow Jazz Orchestra, as well as the American vocalist Allan Harris and Russian-born, Australia-based vocalist Fantine.
In his review of the 2013 Umbria Jazz Festival in Perugia, Italy, DownBeat contributor Ted Panken wrote that Butman’s big band “offered a 90-minute set that displayed their mastery of post-Dizzy Gillespie jazz orchestra language, rendering both bright numbers and ballads with the precision, flair and swing of the Atomic-era Basie Band on steroids and a ‘We will crush you’ attitude reminiscent of the better editions of the Buddy Rich Orchestra.”
In that same review, Panken added, “Later in the show, Butman introduced world-class vocalist Fantine Pritoula, who sang the lyric of ‘Night In Tunisia’—done in a Dizzy-meets-Machito style—in a full contralto, scatting cogently until the famous break. Then she sang Chick Corea’s ‘You’re Everything’ with sensitive phrasing, setting up Butman’s warp-speed, crisply articulated solo.”
Butman, who studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston, founded his namesake orchestra in 1999. His lengthy discography includes 2013’s Special Opinion, featuring trumpeter Randy Brecker and guitarist Mike Stern.
Butman will also perform in the Dominican Republic on Jan. 20 and tour Germany in April. His schedule is posted on the Touring page of his website.
(To read Panken’s full review from Umbria, click here.)