Born in St Petersburg Zhenya Strigalev took up the saxophone as a teenager, at age 17 winning “The Best Saxophonist" award in a well known St. Petersburg jazz competition. After completing his military service he was granted a full scholarship to attend London’s Royal Academy of Music in recognition of his outstanding musical talent. Since graduating from there, Zhenya has cut a dynamic path between the London and New York jazz scenes.
Zhenya worked with some of today’s most forward thinking musicians including (Eric Harland, Ambrose Akinmusire, Tim Lefebvre of David Bowie, Alex Sipiagin, William Parker, Aaron Parks, Larry Grenadier, Nasheet Waites...) and appeared at many prestigious jazz festivals and concert venues, performing extensively in Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Sweden, Russia, Czech Republic, Austria, Britain, Switzerland, Chile...In UK, he played in the leading jazz venues including regular appearances at London Jazz Festival and headlining at Ronnie Scotts with his original projects. He recorded for albums in London, New York, Berlin with his groups including critically acclaimed Smiling Organizm and Never Group. His music regularly played on BBC radio as well as national radios in Austria, Germany, Finland, France, Switzerland, Australia to name a few. His recent London Jazz Festival performance is featured on French national TV, Culture Box as well as Mezzo Live HD.
Matching quirky humour with serious musical intent, delicate melodic hooks with heavyweight rhythmic muscle leaves a vivid impression and put Zhenya among some of the most exciting musicians around.
Today they will play Zhenya's original compositions from his recent album "Blues For Maggie" as well as some brand new compositions.
Line up: Zhenya Strigalev (saxophones), Ferg Ireland (double bass), Jon Scott (drums)