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Take Five With Boris Kozlov

Take Five With Boris Kozlov
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Meet Boris Kozlov:

Currently serving as a bassist, arranger and Musical Director for the Mingus Big Band
Mingus Big Band
Mingus Big Band

band/orchestra
, Mingus Dynasty and The Orchestra, as well as leading his own projects, he has also been a first-call bassist for such important jazz acts as Michael Brecker
Michael Brecker
Michael Brecker
1949 - 2007
sax, tenor
, John Blake
John Blake
John Blake
1947 - 2014
violin
, Ray Barretto
Ray Barretto
Ray Barretto
1929 - 2006
congas
's New World Spirit, Lew Tabackin
Lew Tabackin
Lew Tabackin
b.1940
sax, tenor
, David Kikoski
David Kikoski
David Kikoski
b.1961
piano
, Alex Sipiagin
Alex Sipiagin
Alex Sipiagin
b.1967
trumpet
, Jean-Michel Pilc, and many others.

Boris Kozlov was born in Moscow,USSR on December 5, 1967. Having a chance to go to Children's Music School to study piano for seven years, he fell in love with the bass and won the Gnesin Music Academy competition to enter college at the age of 15, on electric bass guitar.

While being influenced by rock and classical music, he took interest in jazz at 17, and went on to study acoustic bass with notable bassist Anatoly Sobolev. Upon graduation in 1987 with Diploma of Honor at the age of 19, he served mandatory two years in the Soviet Army, where he had to play tuba and other brass instruments besides basses in the military band.

Once out of the Army, he was hired by the State owned Melodia Studio Ensemble in 1989, and proceeded to record more than 40 albums with them as well as many other Soviet jazz artists. At the same time, he continued his studies at The State Academy of Music. At the first USSR Competition of Jazz Soloists in 1990, he won The Grand Prix, as well as a special prize for his original composition. After winning the first spot in Young Musician category in USSR Jazz Journal in 1991, he decided to move to New York.

The self-study continued in a specific NY jazz environment, where he was eventually hired by Hassan Williams and Terry Gibbs
Terry Gibbs
Terry Gibbs
b.1924
vibraphone
/Buddy DeFranco
Buddy DeFranco
Buddy DeFranco
b.1923
clarinet
Band, and later by: saxophonists Bobby Watson
Bobby Watson
Bobby Watson
b.1953
sax, alto
, Bob Berg
Bob Berg
Bob Berg
1951 - 2002
saxophone
, Benny Golson
Benny Golson
Benny Golson
b.1929
sax, tenor
, James Moody
James Moody
James Moody
1925 - 2010
reeds
, Ronnie Cuber
Ronnie Cuber
Ronnie Cuber
b.1941
sax, baritone
, John Stubblefield
John Stubblefield
1945 - 2005
saxophone
, Ravi Coltrane
Ravi Coltrane
Ravi Coltrane
b.1965
sax, tenor
, Seamus Blake
Seamus Blake
Seamus Blake
b.1970
sax, tenor
, Donny McCaslin
Donny McCaslin
Donny McCaslin
b.1966
saxophone
; trumpeters Dizzy Reece
Dizzy Reece
Dizzy Reece
b.1931
trumpet
, Philip Harper
Philip Harper
Philip Harper
b.1965
trumpet
, Brian Lynch
Brian Lynch
Brian Lynch
b.1956
trumpet
(Grammy, 2007), Alex Sipiagin, Ray Vega
Ray Vega
Ray Vega

trumpet
; pianists Eddie Palmieri
Eddie Palmieri
Eddie Palmieri
b.1936
piano
, Walter Bishop
Walter Bishop
Walter Bishop
1927 - 1998
piano
Jr., Michel Petrucciani
Michel Petrucciani
Michel Petrucciani
b.1962
piano
, Arturo O'Farrill, Michel Legrand
Michel Legrand
Michel Legrand
b.1932
piano
, Stanley Cowell
Stanley Cowell
Stanley Cowell
b.1941
piano
, Jon Ballantyne
Jon Ballantyne
b.1963
piano
, George Colligan
George Colligan
George Colligan
b.1969
keyboard
, Orrin Evans
Orrin Evans
Orrin Evans
b.1975
piano
, Edward Simon
Edward Simon
Edward Simon
b.1969
piano
, Helen Sung
Helen Sung
Helen Sung

piano
, Joey Calderazzo
Joey Calderazzo
Joey Calderazzo
b.1965
piano
; vibraphonists Joe Locke
Joe Locke
Joe Locke
b.1959
vibraphone
, Bill Ware
Bill Ware
b.1959
vibraphone
; guitarists Mark Whitfield
Mark Whitfield
Mark Whitfield
b.1966
guitar
, David Gilmore
David Gilmore
David Gilmore

guitar
, Adam Rogers
Adam Rogers
Adam Rogers

guitar
, Jack Wilkins
Jack Wilkins
Jack Wilkins
b.1944
guitar
, Ximo Tebar
Ximo Tebar
Ximo Tebar
b.1963
guitar
; drummers Tommy Campbell
Tommy Campbell
Tommy Campbell
b.1850
drums
, Victor Jones, Marlon Simon
Marlon Simon
Marlon Simon
b.1961
percussion
, Victor Lewis
Victor Lewis
Victor Lewis
b.1950
drums
, Johnathan Blake, Jeff "Tain" Watts
Jeff
Jeff "Tain" Watts
b.1960
drums
, Ali Jackson Jr.
Ali Jackson Jr.
Ali Jackson Jr.
b.1976
drums
, Antonio Sanchez
Antonio Sanchez
Antonio Sanchez
b.1971
drums
; vocalists Jay McGovern, Urszula Dudziak
Urszula Dudziak
Urszula Dudziak
b.1943
vocalist
, Monday Michiru; trombonists Conrad Herwig
Conrad Herwig
Conrad Herwig
b.1959
trombone
, Robin Eubanks
Robin Eubanks
Robin Eubanks
b.1955
trombone
, Andy Hunter
Andy Hunter
Andy Hunter

trombone
; trombonist/vocalist Frank Lacy
Frank Lacy
Frank Lacy
b.1959
trombone
's Experience and the funk/jazz, band NewHypeJazz

After sharing a stage with McCoy Tyner
McCoy Tyner
McCoy Tyner
b.1938
piano
, Jimmy Cobb
Jimmy Cobb
Jimmy Cobb
b.1929
drums
, Maceo Parker
Maceo Parker
Maceo Parker
b.1943
saxophone
, Jimmy Smith
Jimmy Smith
Jimmy Smith
1925 - 2005
organ, Hammond B3
, Henry Butler
Henry Butler
Henry Butler
b.1949
piano
, Toots Thielemans
Toots Thielemans
Toots Thielemans
b.1922
harmonica
and Clark Terry
Clark Terry
Clark Terry
b.1920
trumpet
on multiple occasions, and playing on nine Grammy-nominated albums, plus the Grammy-winning Simpatico—in addition to the other 160 albums, having few of his scores published—Boris continues to serve as Musical Director for all of the Mingus Dynasty projects, touring and recording extensively with multitude of different bands, as well as doing international work with his own Malfunction Alibi. He also performs solo bass and teaches master classes around the world following the release of his acoustic solo album, Double Standard.

Instrument(s):

Bass, bass guitar.

Teachers and/or influences? Anatoly Sobolev on bass, all the musicians I've played with.

I knew I wanted to be a musician when... I decided not to be a train engineer.

Your sound and approach to music: I like when it feels good and when one can hear a story, conversational playing is most appealing to me.

Your teaching approach: Create directions and not pure instructions for the student.

Your dream band:

I've been lucky to work with a lot of dream bands, but I would love to play with (not necessarily in order, or with all of them together): Jack DeJohnette
Jack DeJohnette
Jack DeJohnette
b.1942
drums
, Zakir Hussain
Zakir Hussain
Zakir Hussain
b.1951
percussion
, Anthony Jackson
Anthony Jackson
Anthony Jackson

bass, electric
, Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder
b.1950
keyboard
.

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