Igor Butman Quartet

Igor Butman


tenor and soprano saxophones

Sergey Korchagin

double bass

Nick Levinovsky





Edvard Zizak

Igor Butman, now Russia's top jazz personality, is not only the artistic director of the country's best jazz club, president of Butman Music Records or leader of the Igor Butman Big Band. He also leads the Igor Butman Quartet, unity of four Russia's topmost jazz soloists. Working together since 1999, the band has evolved into Russia's best touring hardcore jazz unit.

The rhythm section is the strongest in Russian straight-ahead jazz, and consists of acoustic bass player Sergey Korchagin and drummer Eduard Zizak.

At the time when Edward Zizak joined Igor, he was already an experienced and reliable player who has worked for one of the Russia's most popular big bands, the MKS Big Band led by Anatoly Kroll. The work for the Igor Butman Quartet allowed Zizak to find new expressive means and to reach new steps of jazz drumming mastery.

Sergey Korchagin is a new member of the Quartet, alumni of the finest Russian jazz school - Gnesin Academy of Music and one the brightest musicians of young generation. Before joining the quartet Sergey collaborated with the best Russian jazz groups and was performing with Billy Cobham, Mark Whitfield, Chick Corea, Alex Sipiagin, Bobby Watson, and Seamus Blake during their Russian tours. 

The creator of Allegro band, legendary pianist and composer Nick Levinovsky has played with Igor Butman since 1983, when the saxophonist joined Allegro. Levinovsky moved to New York in 1990, and Butman moved back to Moscow in 1995, but this fact doesn’t prevent the musicians from successful collaboration lasting for nearly 30 years!

In 2000, the Igor Butman Quartet performed at the Moscow Kremlin in front of the U.S. President Bill Clinton and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Since 1999 the quartet has performed at the festivals in Germany, Italy, France, Bulgaria and Turkey and toured Israel, Belgium and Finland, as well as the U.S.A.

Igor Butman Quartet also toured Russia and other countries with such special guest soloists as Joe Locke and Randy Brecker. They also appeared at several festivals in Europe as Randy Brecker Quintet.

It’s been 11 years since the release of the latest album “Prophecy”by Igor Butman Quartet at Universal Music Russia, and now Butman Music Records comes up with a sensational work by the Quartet “Igor Butman & Friends”, recorded long time ago but never released before!

In 2002 Igor Butman gathered his friends, internationally acclaimed jazz masters, for a recording session at Avatar Studios in New York. The line up of the date is just overwhelming: saxophonists Michael Brecker and Bill Evans, trumpeters Alex Sipyagin and Vitaly Golovnev, vocalists Kevin Mahogany and Carla Cook, guitarist Adam Rogers and bassist Eddie Gomez are playing along with mighty Igor Butman Quartet swinging hard and delivering high-octane jazz groove!

Jazz classics, music of Antonio Jobim and Luiz Bonfa, post bop masterpieces, and even soul jazz - Igor Butman & Friends shines with all colors of straight ahead jazz and mastery of the major league of today’s jazz mainstream.

Igor Butman and Moscow Jazz Orchestra

Igor Butman Big Band

The hottest jazz orchestra of Russia and one of the best in the world. Sixteen splendid jazz musicians. It’s all about Igor Butman Orchestra, which was founded in 1999 by world famous saxophone player Igor Butman. Since then Big Band has frequently toured Russia, Europe, and the USA, appearing at the world’s most prestigious jazz venues, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, “Birdland” and others.In 2012 Igor Butman Orchestra became Moscow state jazz orchestra conducted by Igor Butman. A special collaboration between Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra led by Wynton Marsalis and Igor Butman Big Band which opened 2003-04 season at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York in September 2003 caused a sensation in the whole jazz world! New music by both bandleaders and arrangements of Russian folk songs concerts were premiered by two big bands. The New York Times called the performance of Igor Butman Big Band “a show of great competence and fluency.”

The first Big Band’s album “eternal Triangle” featuring Randy Brecker was recorded in Moscow in August 2003 and engineered by the best American jazz sound engineer James Farber in November 2003 in New York. “Eternal Triangle” set a very high level of performance and quality of sound for all Russian jazz. The proof for this is that many US jazz radio stations rotated the music from “Eternal Triangle” even before the album was released!

Internationally renowned jazzmen were excited by performing with Igor Butman Big Band, among them are Dee Dee Bridgewater, “New York Voices”, Kevin Mahogany, George Benson, Gino Vanelli, Wynton Marsalis, Larry Corryell, Billy Cobham, Bill Evans. Joe Lovano, Gary Burton, Toots Thielemans.

Igor Butman Big Band and a famous Russian pop star Larisa Dolina created a jazz extravaganza “Carnival of Jazz”, and toured Russia, Ukraine, Israel and the USA with this program. In 2003 a double album “Carnival of Jazz” recorded live at “Rossiya” concert hall was released. The premiere of a new program “Carnival of Jazz 2. No comments” was held in July, 2008 at Jazz at Lincoln Center within JVC jazz festival and caused a stir among jazz lovers: Rose Theatre hardly seated all comers!

Igor Butman, the leader of the Big Band, enjoys pushing the boundaries of jazz mainstream and create crossover projects. Big Band often performs with American pianist and composer Igor Raykhelson, “Grammy” winning altoist Yuri Bashmet and his chamber ensemble “Moscow soloists”. A big US tour with these remarkable musicians took place in the most celebrated venues of the country (including Seattle Symphony Hall, Wilshire Theatre, Severance Hall, Strathmore Hall, Boston Symphony Orchestra Hall etc.) in February and March 2009 and gathered non less than 20000 listeners!

In June 2009 Igor Butman Big Band’s second album “Moscow@3am” was released by a new jazz label Butman Music! On this CD the Band featuring a very special guest Wynton Marsalis plays music by an outstanding composer and pianist Nick Levinovsky! Some tracks from the CD are already played by WBGO!

In 2010 Igor Butman Orchestra featuring renowned NY jazz artists Sean Jones, Kathy Jenkins, Peter Bernstein and James Burton presented crossover program “Sheherazade’s tales” at “Cherry Forest” festival in Moscow. The program included Nikolay Levinovsky’s jazz arrangements of Russian romances and symphonic suite “Sheherazade” by N.A.Rimsky-Korsakov. It’s no surprise that such original fusion of classic and jazz music became a revelation for audience and mass media, because hardly anyone connected such polar musical worlds with such ingenuity before. Live album “Sheherazade’s tales" was released at Butman Music Records on CD (November 2011) and vynil (March 2012).

In July 2013 Moscow jazz orchestra conducted by Igor Butman did a big European tour and performed at the biggest jazz festivals including Umbria Jazz Festival in Italy, Jazz a Juan in France, Wigan Jazz Festival in Great Britain. Orchestra's US tours are scheduled for September 2013 and January 2014.

In November 2013 Butman Music released Special Opinion, a brand new sensational album by Nick Levinovsky and Igor Butman Orchestra! It was recorded at Avatar Studios in New York in January 2013 with fusion and jazz rock super stars: drummer Dave Weckl, guitarists Mike Stern and Mitch Stein, saxophone player Bill Evans, trumpeter Randy Brecker and bassist Tom Kennedy.


Eddie Gomez Lenny White Andrey Kondakov
Eddie Gomez Anrey Kondakov
Lenny White


Cyrus Chestnut George Mraz Lewis Nash
Cyrus Chestnut Lewis Nash
George Mraz

Terem Quartet

Terem Quartet

Larisa Dolina

Larisa Dolina

Igor Butman And ...

Igor Butman


Oleg Butman Mikhail Ivanov Andrey Ivanov
Oleg Butman Andrey Ivanov
Mikhail Ivanov

chamber orchestra

Igor Raykhelson “Moscow Soloists”
chamber orchestra
Yuri Bashmet
Igor Raykhelson Yuri Bashmet
Moscow Soloists