Azat Bayazitov CONNECTION QUARTET
Azat Bayazitov – saxophone
Ryan Slatko – piano
Alon Near – bass
Samvel Sarkisyan – drums
Azat Bayazitov is an outstanding saxophonist, composer, and arranger, originally from Russia, now living in New York. Azat is a graduate of the famous ‘Gnesins Russian Academy of Music’ (taught by the legendary teacher Alexander Oseychuk), the winner of international jazz competitions, ex-soloist of ‘Igor Butman Moscow Jazz Orchestra’ (the best Russian big band), the leader of his own band CONNECTION, performed and recorded with Wynton Marsalis, Seamus Blake, David Kikoski, Mark Whitfield jr, Gino Vannelli, Terence Blanchard, Bob Mintzer, Boris Kozlov, Alex Sipiagin etc., participant of international jazz festivals. He has been touring in the USA, Canada, France, Italy, Finland, Sweden, India, South Korea, Latvia, China, and Russia as well. In 2015, the debut album of the musician “IF YOU STILL TRUST” (Butman Music records) was released, recorded in New York with the participation of young stars – Mark Whitfield Jr, Davis Whitfield, Spencer Murphy, Vitaly Golovnev and Alexander Papiy.