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Igor Butman and the Moscow Jazz Orchestra bring jazz music to the Vilar, Oct. 18

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Igor Butman and the Moscow Jazz Orchestra take the stage at the Vilar Performing Arts Center on Tuesday, Oc. 18.
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If you go …

What: Igor Butman and the Moscow Jazz Orchestra.

When: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oc. 18.

Where: Vilar Performing Arts Center, 68 Avondale Lane, Beaver Creek.

Cost: $24.

More information: Single tickets are on sale now at the VPAC Box Office, by calling 970-845-8497 or at http://www.vilarpac.org.

BEAVER CREEK — World-famous saxophone player and producer Igor Butman will perform at the Vilar Performing Arts Center with the Moscow Jazz Orchestra on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. as part of the venue’s 2016 Underground Sound series.

Butman and the Moscow Jazz Orchestra have been a staple of the modern jazz scene for decades — having released more than 10 albums and collaborated with jazzmen from around the world. Single tickets to this performance are $24. Patrons also have the option to purchase an Underground Sound Pass for $100. The pass reserves the patron a seat and a drink at each of the Underground Sound performances.

Born in 1961 in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg), Butman started playing the classical clarinet at age 11 but dropped the instrument for the jazz saxophone during his second year at the Rimsky-Korsakov College of Music. During the height of the Cold War, he took unofficial music lessons from late-night broadcasts of jazz on “Voice of America.”

After immigrating to the United States in 1987, Butman began working with a number of jazz bands, including the Lionel Hampton Orchestra and the Michael Moriarty Quintet. Butman performed at almost every major jazz festival in North America during the 1990s before moving back to Russia to become a jazz bridge between Moscow and New York.

Defying National Barriers

Butman and his Moscow Jazz Orchestra continue to spread the art of jazz music across the world and defy national barriers. He’s performed at every Olympic Games since the 2004 Summer Games in Athens. For his service to the world’s music, Butman has received multiple honors and awards, including being given the rank of People’s Artist of the Russian Federation for outstanding services to Russian music by decree of former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.

Butman’s coalescence of soul, sound and technique drew praise from President Bill Clinton, one time tenor man, at a state dinner hosted by Vladimir Putin at the Moscow Kremlin. Clinton stated, that Butman “may be the greatest living jazz saxophone player, who happens to be a Russian.”

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