| The EXTRA TRIO PLUS jazz
ensemble was founded in 1997 in St. Petersburg and very rapidly made its mark on the
cultural life of the city. The "trio" consists of alto saxophone, double-bass
and drums, "plus" the-piano The ensemble's leader is saxophonist Eugene
Strigalev, whose compositions form a large part of the group's repertoire. Whilst EXTRA
TRIO PLUS's style of playing is in the best traditions of 1950s-60s American jazz, the
group's re-working of jazz standards gives voice to a distinct and individual St.
Petersburg sound. Virtuosic improvisation, harmonic inventiveness, excellent swing and a
clear melodic line typical of Russian culture - these are the qualities that have allowed
the young ensemble to impress audiences and critics alike.
STRIGALEV (1977) - alto saxophone player whose debut took place at the Kvadrat Jazz
Club. Strigalev's teacher was the legendary Russian jazz saxophonist Gennady Golstein, and
at an early age Eugene won a number of prestigious prizes and festival awards. His
greatest influences are Charlie Parker, Sonny Rollins, John Coltrane, Coleman Hawkins, and
also Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk.
(1976) - drummer who has been performing since the age of 14, first with traditional jazz
bands, moving on to more contemporary styles later. Since 1995 he has been a member of the
Igor Butman quartet, and in recent years he has taken part in several festivals in Russia
and Europe (Germany, Norway, Austria). Mashin is now one of Russia's most popular
drummers. He has performed with David Goloschokin, Andrei Kondakov, also with Benny
Golson, Andy Lavern, and Paul Bollenbeck.
Gregory VOSKOBOYNIK (1970) - double-bass, currently studies
at the St. Petersburg Conservatory and is known equally well as a classical and a jazz
rnusician. He has played under Yury Temirkanov and Mstislav Rostropovitch, and at the same
time is well known to the Leningrad Dixieland band and all St. Petersburg jazz musicians.
Nikolay SIZOV (1971) - one of the best known jazz pianists of
the city, widely considered as one of the "Stars of Petersburg Jazz". Recipient
of many festival awards and with a stunning knowledge of contemporary jazz forms, Sizov
displays a consumate mastery of the instrument and a compositional and structured approach
to jazz improvisation.
Photo: Alexander Kitaev