Anna Koroleva (jazz, sax) (Russia)
Anna Koroleva is a jazz saxophonist, singer, and composer. She was born in Krasnodar, Russia, in April 1980 to the family of musicians. Having an exquisite ear for music, she began playing the piano accompanying her mother since she was four. She was given a Glen Miller's record for her fifth birthday. This was her first introduction to jazz.
Anna has been in jazz since 1998. Her first appearance took place in combo-projects of Evgeniy Serebrennikov, a famous Novosibirsk pianist. Anna Koroleva presented her debut solo program, made up of her own compositions, in "Jazz Art-Club", Moscow (producer - A.Eidelman).
In 2000, together with her quartet she debuted at the International Jazz Festival - "Jazz at the Hermitage Garden" (producer - Michael Green). In the Festival preview on television Yuri Saulsky, the Head of Moscow Jazz Engagement, presented her to the audience as "a discovery of the season." Her follow-up appearances included club and philharmonic performances, festivals, Russian and international tours, as well as participation in various projects with such musicians as Jimmy Heath, Christian McBride, Garry Barts, Dennis Rowland, Vladimir Chekasin, Igor Butman, Hubert Laws, Carmen Lundy, Adam Nussbaum, Paul Bollenback, Bobby Watson, Daniil Kramer, Sergei Manukyan, Alex Rostotsky and others.
Anna Koroleva's performing style is marked by special improvisational freedom and powerful energy. Her major instrument is alto saxophone, but she also sings (mastering vocal styles of various jazz epochs and using scat) and plays keyboard instruments.
Professional development of Anna was also nurtured by interaction with Aleksey Kozlov - a legendary bandleader of "Arsenal" and a treasury of valuable experience and musical intelligence.
In August 2004, once again Anna Koroleva successfully appeared with her sextet at the Seventh International Festival, "Jazz at the Hermitage Garden", in Moscow (producer - Michael Green), presenting her program entitled "Plays with Time". Preparing for his performance Dennis Rowland (USA) - he worked with Count Basie - heard Anna's performance and invited her to play together a well-known jazz standard.
In September 2004, as a participant of the Open World Russian Leadership Program she accomplished professional training at Dave Brubeck Institute, USA, and took part in Monterey Jazz Festival, one of the most prestigious jazz festivals in the world.
The beginning of 2006 witnessed an important event - Anna Koroleva won a Triumph Youth Award 2005, - Russian Independent Award for Endowments in Literature and Art.
"Anna's debut album «All right, ok, you win» of talanted sax player and vocalist Anna Koroleva is rather eclectic but at the same time is very completed. Almost all tracks were recorded in studio, with the exception of two compositions that were recorded in Jazz Festival in Ermitage Garden. The central composition is a tribute to Elvin Jones - the favorite musician of Anna."