Young jazz artist, Ilya Serov, is a classically trained Russian trumpet player who fell in love with jazz as a teenager. He came to the US about 10 years ago to pursue a career as a jazz musician. Back in Time, his upcoming album (out in September), is an homage to the Big Band era and features collaborations with Roger Kellaway, Poncho Sanchez and Eric Marienthal.
Russian-born Ilya Serov is a young jazz musician with an old soul. Classically trained at the prestigious St. Petersburg Conservatory, trumpet player and vocalist Serov decided to follow his love of jazz, cultivated as a teenager in the Russian city of Saratov, by pursuing his dreams in the U.S. He now is building a following among fans and seasoned players alike as one of the scene’s budding new talents.
Serov’s new album, Back in Time, to be released later this year, is an homage to the Big Band era and features classic tunes that showcase both his musical chops and vocal interpretive skills. The first single, “Swing 42,” featuring a duet with Grammy-winner and Oscar-nominated pianist Roger Kellaway, is a new take on the Django Reinhardt tune. “Tangerine,” the second single, is a collaboration with Grammy-winning percussionist Poncho Sanchez. “C’est Si Bon,” the third single, is a re-imagining of the French popular song and has background vocals by The Swing Kittens and piano work by Kellaway. “Old Devil Moon” is highlighted by a solo from Eric Marienthal, Grammy-winning sax player. The album is loaded with other classics that Serov has lovingly interpreted.
After Back in Time, Ilya plans a smooth jazz recording with self-penned material (and featuring the Jazz-o-horn). His goal is to explore all forms of jazz, including smooth jazz.
“I love all forms of this music,” he said. By going Back in Time, Ilya Serov is moving jazz forward.
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