I was born in 1936 in Moscow, Russia into the family of scientists and I was supposed to
become a scientist too! Following the family tradition, I graduated from Moscow University
with a master’s degree in Physics and was offered a prestigious and exciting job that other
aspiring physicists would kill for.
But… the insidious serpent of jazz had been seducing me since the early fifties. Stalin was
still alive when I started to spend my nights trying to tune to the jazz programs, which
were broadcast on Voice of America, BBC and other similar stations. Then, in my
sophomore University year, I surrendered to the urge to play jazz