Oleg Kireyev "Oleg's playing is marvelous combination of styles, incorporating a whole lot of players. I hear echoes of the 1920s and John Coltrane combined with the unstructured jazz...".


Bud Shank, Arts&Entertainment, USA "The Russian sax player breaks down genre borders" Paul Freeman / Entertainment Writer, USA

Oleg Kireyev – the first musician in Russia to practice ethnic jazz incorporating Bashkirian folk instruments and guttural singing techniques – is one of the few all-round jazz players on contemporary Russian stage. He is equally interested in mainstream and modal jazz as well as in fusion and root music. However, he seems to have long-standing relationships with his motherland’s melos: Kireyev was born in Bashkiria, the place near the European/Asian border, and considers himself grown out of a mixture of two cultures, Russian and Bashkir. Being at once influenced by the powerful heritage of bebop and traditional jazz, combined with African rhythms, Latin jazz music and Asian and Moldavian free jazz music, Oleg developed his own unique style paradigm.

Howard Mandel (president of the Jazz Journalists Association), says Oleg is “born to blow” in a dervish-like manner while “swinging genuinely hard”; the Express Star (UK) marks Oleg’s playing as “hard swing and high excitement”; the British Evening Mail calls Kireyev a “revolutionary Russian reedman’, who “is establishing a reputation as an entertaining and skilled musician”.

Kireyev’s career as a musician spans decades. In 1985, as world music was gaining in popularity, Oleg formed a band called “Orlan” which became a fantastic success in Russia, a revolutionary music phenomenon for the then-Soviet audience. Soon after Kireyev spent three years in Poland and took part in the Jazz Jamboree in Warsaw and played with members of the Miles Davis rhythm section. Almost every night he performed in the best jazz clubs with Poland’s high caliber jazz musicians. At the same time he was artistic director of a jazz club in Krakow.

Poland, although an Eastern Bloc country back in the early 1990s, was famous for its wide array of high-caliber jazz performances and it was there that Kireyev was first noticed by international jazz aficionados. A scholarship to the Bud Shank jazz saxophonist school (1994) pulled him into the international jazz scene, where he is now one of the most well known musicians. After receiving a special award for outstanding performance at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland (1996) he began to garner worldwide respect at jazz festivals and jazz clubs.

Oleg Kireyev's jazz CDs number fifteen. His 2007 album “Mandala”, released by New York recording label Jazzheads, was a first round Grammy Award nominee for Best Contemporary Jazz Album. Oleg’s “Rhyme and Reason”, recorded with The Keith Javors Trio and followed by an intensive US to Euro–American tour, was released in May 2010.


In 2013 Javors-Kireyev tandem, well-treated by critics, proceeded working. The musicians invited Tom Harrell, the legendary jazz trumpet player, and jazz top tiers – Ben Williams (acoustic bass, Pat Metheny Group) and EJ Strickland (drums, Ravi Coltrane band) to record the new album. "The Meeting" CD was published in 2016 on Inarhyme Records and was taking up the top positions in the US jazz radio charts for 8 weeks. The reputable «JazzWeek» included the album into the major jazz recordings rating of the year.

At the present time, Oleg Kireyev holds the rank of an Advisor in Cultural Issues to the President of Bashkiria, which, however, doesn’t prevent him from massive touring the cities of Europe, the USA, Japan and Russia.



Press Quotes

Oleg Kireyev"Oleg's playing is a marvelous combination of styles, incorporating a whole lot of players. I hear echoes of the 1920’s and John Coltrane combined with the unstructured jazz". Bud Shank, musician , USA . 


What's cool (to me, at least) about the result is how unabashed the band is in swinging genuinely hard on chestnut exotica like Puerto Rican-born Ellington trombonist Juan Tizol's "Caravan," which Oleg Kireyev turned to as an encore, and seems born to blow, dervish-like. Howard Mandelpresident of the Jazz Journalists Association, USA

"A Russian sax player with a reputation for hard swing and high excitement..." The Express Star,GBR


"The musician performing looked like a priest of a strange music patronizing God. Through all the night his eyes were shining with that fire of a man who totally devoted himself to the deed beloved". OpenMusic magazine, Russia


"The tenor saxophonist from Ufa in the Urals is establishing a reputation as an entertaining and skilled musician... Revolutionary Russian reedman Oleg Kireyev..." The Evening Mail, GBR. 


"The Russian sax player breaks down genre borders". Paul Freeman / Entertainment Writer,USA

"Wow! I said, and settled in to listen to a saxophone performer from Russia! Incredibly good and smooth, full of verve, and style, and class, and that is what Russian saxophonist Oleg Kireyev..." Lee Prosser (JazzReview.com®)

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Oleg performed at: Symphony Space (NYC), Iridium Jazz Club (NYC), Yoshi's (CA), Smoke (NYC), Smalls (NYC), Chris Jazz Cafe (PA), Blues Alley (Washington, D.C.), etc.

Jazz Festivals: Montreux Jazz Festival (SH), London Jazz Festival (UK), SXSW (USA), New York Jazz Improv (USA), Malborough Jazz Festival (UK), Liechfild Jazz Festival (UK), 9/22/13 Birmingham Jazz Festival (UK), Klaipeda Jaz Festival (LT) and many others.

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CD "Mandala" 2008, Jazzheads, was include at Grammy First Round Nominations in
category "Best Contemporary Jazz Album CD"

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