GEORGIA ON MY MIND: A Celebration of Georgia and Jazz featuring Vitali Imereli and Vladimir Zaslavsky

April 12, 2019 @ 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Trumpets Jazz Club and Restaurant
6 Depot Square
NJ 07042
$35 pp music charge & reception prepaid online $38 music charge at door $12 pp minimum food/drink

GEORGIA ON MY MIND is a celebration of the culture of the Republic of Georgia,  a beautiful country rich in history and tradition.

This evening Trumpets is pleased to invite you to a cocktail hour reception sponsored by the Republic of Georgia that will feature a tasting of Georgian wines and food, followed by a concert by incredible musicians.  Jazz serves as a bridge between cultures and tonight you will experience the bridge with Georgia that Trumpets has enjoyed over a decade through a special bond with violinist Vitali Imereli.   

$35 pp online prepaid tickets   $38 pp at door
6 p.m.-7 p.m. Reception
7 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Greeting and short films
8 p.m. Concert 

Food and beverages available for purchase.

Vitali Imereli-violin
Enrico Granafei-chromatic harmonica
Kristine Massari-guest vocalist
Lula Valdivia-guest vocalist
Amina Figarova-piano
Vladimir Zaslavsky-piano
Takashi Otsuka-bass
Gordon Lane-drums

Vitali Imereli
Born in Kutaisi, Georgia, Vitali Imereli began playing violin as a talented five-year-old at a music school, later completing his education in 1979 at the National Music Academy in Tbilisi. During the period 1979-85, Vitali acted as teacher at the Tbilisi College of Music. From 1978 to 1991, he participated in a variety of jazz festivals in several locations from Georgia through Russia and Europe in general.
In 1992, Vitali moved to Finland. Performances then ranged from Germany and Sweden to various parts of Finland, with TV appearances and radio programs following. Vitali has played at the internationally renowned Pori Jazz Festival every year since 1991, as well as at other important festivals in Finland. May 1996 saw the release of his new album “Tribute to Staphane Grappelli”.
In May and June of this year Vitali was on tour with Rosenberg Trio performing in Turku and Helsinki, then continuing on to the Kajaani, Alandia and Pori Jazz Festivals. Later in July he enjoyed successful performances with Didier Lockwood and Rosenberg Trio in a Tribute to Stephane Grappelli at the North Sea Jazz Festival.
Vitali has also played with Jack Hana, Art Blakey, Michael Urbaniak, Rosenberg Trio, Ulf Johansson, Bob Gulloti, Gipsy Kids, Daniel Walsh, Carlos Del Puerto, Didier Lockwood etc.
Vitali Imereli masters the Grappelli (Stephane Grappelli) sound to the extent even the Maestro himself couldn.t tell who was playing. This Georgian-born violinist masters the modern styles as well.
— Who?s Who at the North Sea Jazz Festival.

Harmonica virtuoso, classical guitarist, singer, songwriter, arranger, composer Enrico Granafei has a long history of musical experience which encompasses both Classical Music and Jazz. Enrico After earning  a degree in classical guitar from the Conservatory of l’Aquila in Italy  , Enrico started to broaden his horizons by discovering Jazz through the harmonica  In 1978 Enrico moved toGermany where he began to perform and to teach in two different  “Musikschulen”.  In the early 80’s, after returning to Italy, Enrico started to broaden his horizons by discovering Jazz through the harmonica. Following in the tradition of the legendary Toots Thielemans, he began to explore new possibilities for the harmonica, an instrument too often associated solely with Rock and Blues. Besides playing in the best jazz clubs in Italy during that period, Enrico performed regularly on national television where he was a member of the Pippo Caruso orchestra in  the show “Un milione al secondo”  on national TV.
His love for Jazz led him to New York City, the world capital of Jazz,. , where he soon started to perform in local jazz clubs, including The Blue Note, Birdland, Visiones, Angry Squire,  and the Bottom Line.  In 1992 Enrico earned a masters’ degree in Jazz Performance from the Manhattan School of Music where he was the only student of Toots Thielemans . During the time that he has resided in the New York area, Enrico has performed extensively on the Chromatic Harmonica in the United States and continued to be a featured musician in major  Festivals and Jazz clubs in Finland, Estonia, France, Italy and Hungary.  He has recorded with Eddie Gomez, Eliot Zigmund. Marc Johnson, Adam Nussbaum,  Patrick Saussois, Dany Doriz, Amina Figarova, Billy Hart,  Wallace Roney, Vic Juris, Dave Stryker, Ted Curson, Irio de Paula, Nnena Freelon ( Concord Records) and many others

Amina Figarova was born in Baku, Azerbaijan, and as a child studied to be a classical concert pianist. In the late 1980s she entered Rotterdam Conservatory to pursue jazz, coming to the United State in 1989 to complete her formal education at Boston’s Berklee College of Music (where she met Bart Platteau, a fellow student, from Belgium). In 1998 they were invited to the Thelonious Monk Institute’s summer jazz colony in Aspen, and after more than a decade of bookings in major U.S. jazz clubs, concert halls and festivals, the couple gained legal immigrant status in 2014. They currently live in Manhattan, and tour constantly.

The compositions “Pictures” and “The Traveler” were commissioned by Jazz from Lincoln Center for its 2014-15 New Jazz Standards series. Blue Whisper is Figarova’s second album, after Twelve, on In + Out Records, an independent label based in Freiberg, Germany.

Vladimir Zaslavsky was born in 1956 in Sukhumi, Georgia
He started playing piano at age 4, and eventually studied in
Music school and local Music College. At age 18, Vladimir
became a Band Leader and studied composing and conducting
at the University of Culture in St. Petersburg, Russia
from which he graduated in 1981. Soon after graduating, Mr.
Zaslavsky began to work as a Music Director and Conductor in
the Chamber Jewish Musical Theater in Moscow. The opera
for children “Wise man from Helom” which Vladimir wrote
with a renowned Russian poet, G. Sapgir,  in 1984 was performed
over 120 times in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe.
While working in the theater for over 9 years as a Conductor, he continued to play piano,
and performed in multiple Jazz festivals around the country. Between 1989 -1990 he
worked in “Opera di Roma,” Italy as Assistant to the Conductor, and immigrated to the
USA in 1990. he is the owner of Forte Piano Music Co. in Paramus, New Jersey

Drummer Gordon Lane



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