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Residing in New York since 2004, trumpeter Vitaly Golovnev still catches up the mood of his native jazz scene whenever he goes back. He never lost touch with Russian jazz once entering its flux. Vitaly came from a place where this music was rather atypical than established, moving to Moscow from the city of Nalchik, Kabardino-Balkar Republic, (which is located in the North Caucasus) to study jazz music.
In 2001, he graduated from the Russian Academy of Music named after Gnesins, worked with leading musicians of jazz scene in Moscow and St.Peterburg and few years later had a chance to perform with well known American artists such as Wynton Marsalis, Richie Cole, Lew Tabackin, Randy Brecker, Donny McCaslin, Marion Cowings and others. However, it was not until he got completely settled in New York where Vitaly recorded his debut album entitled To Whom It May Concern (Trippin Records, 2009).
Also, for the last few years Vitaly participated at semifinal of Thelonious Monk International Jazz Trumpet Competition (2007), toured in Japan with pianist Miki Hayama, worked with David Berger and "Sultans Of Swing", Mingus Big Band, Joris Teepe Big Band, George Gee Orchestra, Artie Shaw Orchestra, Arturo O'Farrill and Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra and many small groups around New York.
Please visit the website: http://www.vitalygolovnev.com