- born in a political prison in Nizhni-Novgorod (Gorki), USSR.
1937 - the parents get free, the family moves to Moscow.
1938 - introduced to jazz through Duke Ellington and Mills Brothers
1941-44 - refugee evacuation to Asia, starvation and diseases. Father
dies in 1942.
1951-57 - Moscow University Phys-Tech faculty; top academians Lev
Landau, Peter Kapitsa, Andrei Sakharov among professors.
1953 - nomination to the Olympic swimming team; declines and switches
to a musical hobby; self-training on harmony, clarinet and tenor-sax.
1954-60 - plays in jazz bands, sings in a vocal quartet, composes
themes, writes arrangements and scores.
1957 - meets jazzmen from the world, plays jams at the World Youth and
1958 - comes to Leningrad to jam at the opening of the first Soviet
jazz club; the first article appears at the Polish monthly Jazz.
1959 - brings Moscow jazzmen to an Estonian jazz festival, debut as
emcee speaking Russian, English and Estonian.
1960 - hosts NY Jazz Quartet (Idrees Sulieman - tp, Oscar Dennard - p,
Jamil Nasser - b, Earl Smith - dr) that expresses will to stay in USSR
to live and play jazz; establishes the Moscow Jazz Club, becomes its
first president, starts lecturing on jazz; escalates jazz activity
national and worldwide.
1962 - arranges Soviet jazz breakthrough to Europe; banned to come
with; gets a personal dedication at the first new Soviet jazz
recording made in Poland.
1965 - first visit abroad to Prague and Warsaw international jazz
festivals; starts Club Metronome weekly jazz broadcast on the national
radio together with Arkadi Petrov and Leonid Pereverzev.
1967 - heads International Jazz Symposium at the Tallinn Jazz Festival;
together with Alexander Tsfasman takes part in the Constituent
Assembly of the European Jazz Federation; became a Jazz Forum
correspondent in the Soviet Union.
1969-82 - teaches privately History of Jazz, History of Jazz Styles,
Orientation in Jazz Harmony Changes, World History of Musical
Improvisation, Theoretical Aesthetics, Foundations of Improvisation.
1971 - doctorship in engineering is conferred.
1972 - pioneer book "Soviet Jazz - a Historical Survey" is published.
1973 - elected to the Advisory Board of the West Berlin Jazz Tage.
1974 - coauthor of the Supraphon Encyclopedia of Jazz and Modern
1975 - certificated as lecturer-musicologist by State Moscow
Philharmony; collaboration with Philharmony begins.
1977 - elaborates educational jazz concert series for the Soviet East
(not realized) and appointed as a member of the Artistic Council of
the Russian State Concert o awarded with Polish medal For Cultural
Merits together with jazz celebrities Willis Conover of USA and
Joachim Ernst Berendt of Germany.
1978 - invited to "Melodia" to write cover articles to jazz albums.
1981 - starts "Jazz Plus Jazz" concert series in Moscow Olympic
1982 - appointed to the Artistic Council of "Melodia" as editor and
1983 - elected to the Board of the Tulane Jazz Archives in New Orleans;
the prise-winning film We Jazzmen based on the book Soviet Jazz comes
1985 - gets in hospital with nervous disease.
1986 - quits engineer and scientific job to be a free lance jazz
1987 - starts shortwave weekly broadcast From Moscow With Jazz for USA
with Nick Kournakov; emcees Dave Brubeck and Pat Metheny concerts in
the USSR. Jazz tour at Syberia, Far East and Kamchatka with Greg Fine
Trio. Mother dies.
1988 - four weeks US tour with lectures and presentation of Soviet
Jazz All Stars; leads master classes and seminars on jazz journalism
and jazz aesthetics at the Berklee College of Music in Boston; gives
lectures Jazz in the East in Ruse and Sophia, Bulgaria.
1989 - hosts Jazz Courier monthly show at the Moscow TV; is elected to
be the head of the Critics Section of the Moscow Literary Society;
takes part in "Fallen Leaves" TV documentary on the fate of Soviet
jazzmen; visits Alaska to establish jazz exchange with Siberia;
directs World International Jazz Meets Folklore festival in Abakan,
Siberia; emcees SU-US Jazz Concerts in San-Francisco; during six weeks
crosses the USA lecturing on jazz.
1990 - together with Leonard Feather a lecturer to the Hampton-Chevron
Jazz Festival in Moscow, Idaho where presents a horn-wonder Arkadi
Schilkloper awarded with a professional instrument to be his own;
emcees Dizzy's concert in Moscow, USSR; makes BYU's Synthesis Orchesta
Soviet tour; invited as special guest and lecturer to the Fairbanks
Summer Art Festival, Alaska and to the Ingolstadt Jazz Tage, Bavaria.
1991 - establishes the Union of Literators of Russia and is elected
the President; founds and directs the annual International Jazz By The
Ocean festival in Vladivostok; coestablishes with Oleg Tcherniayev
Jazzland club in Moscow.
1992 - directs the International Jazz Week in Yalta; With Oleg
Tcherniayev brings a bunch of Russian jazz ensembles to Pori Festival;
musical director of Moscow-Rio-NewYork Jazz Festival in Moscow.
1993-1994 - works on BATASH novel, collecting archive materials on
Batashev's kin. With Igor Berukshtis hosts Jazz Hour on Radio Liberte
(Russian service). As a member of the Presidential
Social Chamber he has elaborated the Federal Program of Social Support
(concerning free-lance artists). As a member of Coordinating Council
of Russian Creative Unions he elaborates a bill about free-lance
artists and other “creative workers” and their unions. Two versions of
the bill were approved unanimously by Russian Parliament and both
times were vetoed by both Russian Presidents.
1995 - hosts the most popular jazz TV nationwide show Jazz with Alexey
Batashev; a hundred more live shows for 8 months; gets govermental
honorary title Merited Man of Art for achievement in jazz;
1996 - together with publisher Rudolf Jasemczik and jazzologist Yuri
Vermenitch prepares anthology "Broadway and Hollywood Melodies";
performs as a band singer with the Moscow Band at "Nostalgie" jazz
1997 - completing the novel "BATASH" on kinsmen of Batashevs families
covering 55 centuries of their history;
1998 - hosts a weekly jazz hour on the Radio-1 for the largest
audience of the former USSR; emsees Oleg Lundstrem Orchestra at the X
International Jazz Festival at Santa Barbara, California; starts Jazz
For Every One concert series at the Grand Hall of the Moscow
1999 - a fruitful creative collaboration with impresario Maya
Kotchoubeyeva begins; from now on many conceptual concerts like "Russian
Folk Jazz", "Jazz In Chopin Style" were conceived together; gets
honorary doctor degree from International East European University;
became the President of new established Russian Jazz Critics Guild,
together with Maya runs series of popular jazz concerts at the Moscow
2000 - introduces Russian jazz to the President of Russia Vladimir
Putin and the President of the USA Bill Clinton in the Kremlin,
together with Maya starts a Jazz Dancing Club at the Golden Hall of
the Rossia Hotel, celebrates Louis Armstrong Centennial at the Moscow
Conservatory Grand Concert Hall and runs The Great Satchmo Festival at
the Moscow Hermitage Garden.
2001 - appointed art-director to the Odessa Jazz Carnival; visits as a
guest of honor the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival dedicated to
Louis Armstrong's centennial; appears as a jazz festival MC in movie "Autumn
Blues", a musical love story; realizes, together with Maya
Kotchoubeyeva, Jazz Club at the Art Center of the Academy of Russian
Art and big project "Eddie Rosner. The Orchestra's Comeback" at the
Tchaikovski Hall; unique novel "BATASH" and biographical dictionary "Musicians
of the World" are published.
2002 - elected as a full member to the Academy of Art Criticism;
together with Maya Kotchoubeyeva - jazz concert to celebrate 80th
anniversary of Moscow Philharmony with Jenny Evans, Rudi Martini and
Leningrad Dixieland; dedication to Ella Fitzgerald with Roberta
Gambarini; "SecondLine.USA" carnival at the Hermitage garden; jubilee
festival "80 Years of Russian Jazz" at the Tchaikovski Hall; "Jazz
Chopin Style" (with Andrzej Jagodzinski Trio of Poland) and a
concert-reminiscence "Alexander Tsfasman Birthday" at Moscow
2003 - the unprecedented "Jazz From the Orient" concert (together with
Maya), where musicians from Asia (Rishad Shafi), Africa (Dhaffer
Youssef), America (Datevik Hovanessian and her Trio) and Russia took
part, concludes the series "Jazz For Every One" at the Grand Hall.
2004 - together with Maya an unprecedented concert of David Berger's
Sultans Of Swing with several premiers - Rhapsody in Blue transcribed
by Oleg Lundstrem, Tchaikovski's Nutcracker swingingly rendered by
Ellington, Strayhorn and Berger and Black Brown and Beige - headlined
by Nikolai Petrov, David Goloshchokin and Helena Obraztsova.
The presidency of the Russian Union of Literators is ended.
2005 - collaboration with JazzART Magazine, emsees the Rostov-on-Don
Jubilee Bigband Jazz Festival, appears as a guest of honor at the
jubilee jazz festival at Yaroslavl, guest of honor
and emcee of the Second International Jazz Festival “Jazz in Rostov
Style” at Rostov-on-Don.
2006 – emcees international jazz festivals at Minsk and Ekaterinburg.
For novel “BATASH” is invited and admitted unanimously into the Moscow
Union of Writers. Is engaged in the compiling of the collected works.