and composer Oleg Kireyev's career in jazz launched in 1984, when he
started playing with his own band called ORLAN in his native city of
Ufa (say [Oofa'h]), the capital of the Bashkortostan Autonomy in the
Urals Region, Central Russia. Soon the band started touring all over
the country and abroad. Oleg also took part in dozens of jazz festival
in Russia and Europe as a soloist.
In 1989, Soviet record label Melodia released six Oleg's original
compositions on a LP called "Bashkir Legends". Late 80s and early 90s
were the time when travelling abroad Russia became more easy for
Russians. Oleg travelled all over Europe and stayed for a couple of
years in Poland, the jazziest country of Eastern Europe.
After returning to Russia in 1994, Oleg has recorded a solo tape album
called "Romantic". That same year he was invited by the famous Seattle
sax hero Bud Shank to study jazz in United States. While in the U.S.,
Oleg also took part in the Seattle Jazz Festival, playing together
with Hal Galper, Dave Pack, Steve Ellington and other noted musicians.
In the early 1995, Polish record label Gobi Records released Oleg's
first-ever CD called "Song For Sonny" (since then, it was re-released
in Russia by a local label in Ufa). Band members included well-known
Polish lazz artists Joachim Mencel (keyboards) and Kasimier Jonkinsh
(drums). Bass player Arkady Ovrutsky from Moscow completed the band.
1996, Oleg Kireyev Quartet performed at the 30th International Jazz
Festival in Montreux, Switzerland, where he was awarded Outstanding
In 1997, Oleg was invited to Great Britain to participate as a special
guest in the Birmangham Jazz Festival. Oleg played together with Ray
Alexander's Group (USA), Andy Hamilton (U.K.) and the Happy Seals
(France). Later that year in London, Oleg took part in the Ealing Jazz
Festival and performed at several clubs with the likes of Dick Pierce,
Jean Tuasson and the late Bill Skeat. After completion of his London
gigs, Oleg toured Midland cities, playing lead with various groups,
from trios to combos. While in the U.K., Oleg composed the concert
"Life In England".
home in Russia, Oleg actively collaborates with Russian national jazz
stars, such as piano virtuoso Daniel Kramer, guitar master Alexey
Kuznetsov, brilliant jazz pianist Gregory Fine
etc. He continues to play jazz festivals throughout Russia, as well as
in Poland, Finland, France, Britain and the USA.
Since 1999, Oleg collabvorates with American sax colleague
Mike Ellis. In late 1999, they toured together
several major cities of Russia, including Oleg's native Ufa.
Since 2000, Oleg participated in The Second
Approach Project led by piano player and composer Andrey Razin.
This collaboration has gained positive press reviews and was among the
hottest news of Russian festival scene of 2000.
Since 2002, Oleg Kireyev is the artistic director of Moscow's
Cool Train Jazz Club.
"A Russian sax player with a reputation for hard swing and
The Express Star, GBR
"The tenor saxophonist from Ufa in the Urals is establishing a
reputation as an entertaining and skilled musician... Revolutionary
Russian reedman Oleg Kireyev, a surprise hit of the recent
Birmingham Jazz Festival... the Happy Seals were blowing Crusaders
style funk with the extraordinary Russian tenorman Oleg Kireyev..."
The Evening Mail, GBR
"Oleg's playing is marvelous combination of styles,
incorporating a whole lot of players. I hear echoes of the 1920s and
John Coltrane combined with the unstructured jazz...".
Bud Shank, Arts&Entertainment, USA
For Sonny (CD)
Landy Star/ Jazzland-Russian Series, 2000
1. Polka Dots And Moonbeams (Jimmy Van Heusen)
2. As Time Goes By (Hermann Hupfeld)
3. Wave (Antonio Carlos Jobin)
4. You Don't Know What Love Is (Dan Raye & Gene de Paul)
5. Secret Love (Fain / Webster)
6. I Thought About You (Johnny Mercer / Jimmy Van Heusen)
7. Tenor Madness (Sonny Rollins)
8. Song For Sonny (Oleg Kirejev)
Oleg Kirejev - tenor sax, soprano sax
Joachim Mencel - piano
Arkadi Ovrutski - bass guitar
Kazimierz Jonkiesz - drums
Recorded: March 14-15, 1995, Studio Buffo, Warsaw, Poland