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Alexey Popov is the Russian musician from St. Petersburg, saxophonist, composer and arranger. He is one of the leading jazz saxophonists in Russia, as well as the leader of the bands Doo-Bop Sound, Lera Gehner Band, Lera Gehner — Alexey Popov project, SPb Funk Alliance feat. Pyotr Ivshin, Four & More, Alexey Popov Quartet.

Popov is the winner of the 42nd Montreux Jazz Festival (Switzerland, 2008) with the band Doo-Bop Sound, the winner of jazz festivals in Norway, Sweden, Finland, Germany, Estonia, as well as a number of Russian festivals.

Born on September 8th, 1970 in Leningrad (St. Petersburg nowadays), he graduated from Children’s Musical School in the clarinet class and Leningrad Music School named after Mussorgsky in the saxophone class (1993, class of Master G. L. Holstein). With the New Band he worked for a year on the American cruise liner Commodore Hotel, which was located in St. Petersburg as a hotel. Since 1994 he began playing in various jazz bands of St. Petersburg. From 1994 to 1996 he collaborated with Natalia Platitsina and the band 07. In 1996 he played in the punk rock band NOM, participated in the recording of the CD called Vo Imya Razuma (In the Name of the Reason) and had a two-month European tour.

The first acid jazz band Flip Fantasia was organized by Popov in 1995 together with bass guitarist and his like-minded musician Boris Mazhorov. In 1997 Alexey Popov organized the acid funk band Doo-Bop Sound, which he toured many Russian and foreign jazz festivals with, in particular Norway, Sweden, Finland, Germany, Switzerland. In the period from 2000 to 2007, 4 CDs were recorded with this band.

In 1998-2003 he studied at St. Petersburg University of Culture and Arts which he also graduated from. He worked at this university as a saxophone teacher from 2005 to 2019.

In 2002, together with singer Lera Gehner, he created the project Lera Gehner Band (Popov was the author of all original arrangements of the album), with which he also toured many festivals in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, as well as in Hungary and Finland. The first CD Today I'm Part of You, Dear… (2004) had a great response from the audience.

In 2003 Alexey Popov created the mainstream jazz project Four & More and began performing with it at club venues of St. Petersburg and Moscow.

In 2004 the first CD of Alexey Popov and Four & More was released, and in 2007 it was the time for the DVD Live In Surgut from the Surgut Jazz Festival.

He participated in D. Kramer's (Russian jazz keyboardist and composer) project Snezhny Jazz (Snow Jazz) in 2006. The following year he participated in a tour with Lera Gehner Blues Band in Siberia.

In 2008, at the invitation of keyboardist Alexey Podymkin, he took part in the Russian-American project Band Burrage of American drummer Ronnie Barrasch and participated in a tour of Russia.

At the invitation of Claude Nobs, on July 4th and 5th, 2008 he participated with the Doo-Bop Sound band in the Montreux Jazz Festival (Switzerland).

In 2009 he took part in the creation of music and arrangements for the new CD Flora & Fauna of St. Petersburg singer Lera Gehner.

Alexey Popov repeatedly participated as a soloist in A. Kalvarsky's symphonic jazz projects (2007, 2009, 2011), performed on a Russian club tour with the Dutch-American blues project Mama's Bad Boys.

In 2010-2011 he recorded a solo album All Inclusive, which includes his original compositions from many years.

In 2010 Popov played with Randy Brecker in the project of A. Kondakov at the Hermitage Festival in St. Petersburg.

In May 2010 the last tour of the Doo-Bop Sound band took place in Murmansk.

In 2011 he took part in the organization of the jazz part of the celebration of St. Petersburg Anniversary, performed with the American trumpeter Arturo Sandoval.

In July 2011 Alexey participated with Lera Gehner in the Black Sea Jazz international jazz festival in Batumi (Georgia), where he performed on the same stage with Macy Gray, Yellowjackets and DJ Logic.

In 2013 at the invitation of Leonid Vintskevich (Russian jazz keyboardist and composer), together with Lera Gehner, he took part in the Ural tour of closed cities Jazz Territory.

In 2014 he began working on Lera Gehner's original album Look Into My Soul, in which he wrote the music and arrangements. The album was released in 2017.

In 2015 together with Lera Gehner he was invited to the Saaremäe Opera Festival (Estonia), where he took part as a member of the Dream Big Band.

In 2018 and 2019 there were presentations of the Look Into My Soul programme at the Alexey Kozlov’s clubs and Forte clubs in Moscow, as well as a performance at the festival Usadba. Jazz (The Manor. Jazz) in St. Petersburg.

In 2019 Alexey Popov created the arrangements of Russian Civil War songs Krasnye Ritmy (Red Rhythms). In 2021 the Moscow company Art-Beat releases Alexey Popov's CD "Proletarian Jazz Orchestra "Red Rhythms".

In July 2019 he performed as a member of a trio at the Jazz at the Old Fortress festival in Novokuznetsk.

Discography

Doo-Bop Sound

Live & Funky Vol. 1
 
1998
  1. Intro — Solar
  2. Intronick
  3. Four on Six
  4. A.M.
  5. Take Five
  6. Ah-Leu-Cha
  7. Acid Man
  8. Outro — Darn That Dream
Alexey Popov
tenor sax
Igor Shilov
trumpet
Alexey Nikonov
keyboards
Alexey Degusarov
guitar
Vladimir Koltzov-Krutov
bass
Vladimir Tunik
drums
Acid Man
 
2000
  1. Intronick
  2. Jazz 4 Haas
  3. Major's Minor
  4. A. M.
  5. It Don't Mean A Thing
  6. Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me
  7. Cotton Tail
  8. 150 Turkish
  9. E-Hop
  10. DJ Primat Future Intro
  11. Al-Leu-Cha
  12. Slovenia
  13. Oh Yeahh!
  14. Acid Man
  15. DJ Primat Future Outro
Alexey Popov
tenor sax, EWI
Igor Shilov
trumpet
Alexey Nikonov
keyboards
Alexey Degusarov
guitar
Boris Majorov
bass
Roman Nikolayev
drums
DJ Primat
turntables
Yana Radion
vocal (4)
Tanya Solomatova
vocal (14)
Alex Staroselsky
scat (14)
Michael Banzev
voice (14)
Live & Funky Vol. 2
 
2003
  1. Take Five: Take 4 / Don't Stop Me Now
  2. Night in Tunisia
  3. Friends Again
  4. The Nostalgie of Picadilly Square
  5. Jazz for Haas
Alexey Popov
tenor sax, EWI
Igor Shilov
trumpet
Alexey Nikonov
keyboards
Alexey Degusarov
guitar
Boris Majorov
bass
Roman Nikolayev
drums
Nikolai Mironov
drums (2,3,4)
Live in Moscow
 
2004
  1. Wasabi
  2. It Don't Mean a Thing...
  3. November, 19
  4. Splash
  5. Friends Again
  6. The Picadilly Square Nostalgia (Pt. 1 & 2)
  7. Say "Hey-Hey"
Alexey Popov
tenor sax
Igor Shilov
trumpet
Alexey Nikonov
keyboards
Alexey Degusarov
guitar
Boris Majorov
bass
Nikolai Mironov
drums
Tribute to Miles
 
2007
  1. Base 2 Bass
  2. Nardis
  3. Milestones
  4. Blue In Green
  5. So What
  6. All Blues
  7. M. H. Factor
  8. Base 2 Bass 2
  9. Take One
  10. Take Two
Alexey Popov
tenor sax
Igor Shilov
trumpet
Alexey Nikonov
keyboards
Nikolai "Hands" Gruzdev
guitar
Viktor Savich
bass
Peter Mikheev
drums
Dima Verba
bass solo (1,7,8)
DJ Scotch
turntables (1,2,4)
Live at Montreux Jazz Festival 4 & 5 July, 2008
 
2019
  1. Intro
  2. Slovenia
  3. Wasabi
  4. Picadilly Square Nostalgie, Pt. 1 & 2
  5. MH Factor
  6. Say Hey-Hey
  7. What a Wonderful World (feat. Lera Gehner)
  8. Don't Stop (feat. Lera Gehner)
  9. A Sweet Temptation (feat. Lera Gehner)
  10. Just Because (feat. Lera Gehner)
  11. The F. A. Mix
  12. Slovenia - Day 1
  13. Outro
Alexey Popov
tenor sax
Lera Gehner
vocal
Igor Shilov
trumpet
Alexey Nikonov
keyboards
Nikolai "Hands" Gruzdev
guitar
Boris Majorov
bass
Peter Mikheev
drums

Solo Albums

Alexey Popov and Four & More
 
2003
  1. Well You Needn't
  2. Candy
  3. You Don't Know What Love Is
  4. Nothing Personal
  5. Autumn in New York
  6. Friday Night...
  7. Sister Sadie
  8. November, 19
Alexey Popov
tenor sax
Alexey Nikonov
keyboards
Vladimir Koltzov-Krutov
bass
Gary Bagdasarian
drums
Ivan Vasiliev
trumpet
Alexey Degusarov
guitar
Spb Funk Alliance
 
2006
  1. The F.A. Mix
  2. Sax Interlude
  3. A. M.
  4. Drum & Bass
  5. Nature Boy
  6. Don't Get Around Much Anymore
  7. Electric Sax
  8. Freedom Jazz Dance
  9. Trumpet Interlude
  10. Early Autumn
  11. The Phunky
  12. Piano Outro
  13. Freedom Jazz Dance [Afro version]
  14. The F.A. Mix [DJ Sakhaj deep & jazzy mix]
Alexey Popov
tenor sax, keyboards
Peter Ivshin
drums
Ivan Vasiliev
trumpet
Sergey Tarusin
keyboards
Nikolai "Hands" Gruzdev
guitar
Boris Majorov
bass
Alexey Belyaev
bass (13)
Live In Surgut (DVD)
 
2007

Alexey Popov
tenor sax
Alexey Podymkin
piano
Vladimir Koltzov-Krutov
bass
Gary Bagdasarian
drums
All Inclusive
 
2011
  1. E-Hop (A. Popov)
  2. Lady-Killer (A. Popov)
  3. Tutu (M. Miller) [acoustic]
  4. Pierre Et Bunny (V. Cosma)
  5. Slovenia (A. Popov)
  6. A. M. (A. Popov)
  7. Splash (A. Popov)
  8. Tutu (M. Miller) [electric]
  9. Never Never Gonna Give Ya Up (B. White)
Alexey Popov
tenor sax, synthesizer
Alexey Podymkin
piano
Nikolay Sizov
piano, keyboards
Sergey Tarusin
keyboards
Anton Vishnyakov
trombone
Sergey Vasiliev
bass
Philipp Meshcheryakov
bass
Maxim Korenevskiy
bass guitar
Petr Mikheev
drums
Gary Bagdasarian
drums
Lera Gehner
vocal
Alexey Popov Quartet - Оркестр Пролетарского Джаза - Красные Ритмы
 
2021
  1. Москва Майская
  2. Яблочко

Alexey Popov – Lera Gehner

Today I'm A Part Of You, Dear
 
2004
  1. In a Mellow Tone
  2. Cajun Moon
  3. Dream a Little Dream
  4. I Wish You Love
  5. Cry Me a River
  6. Ain't She Sweet
  7. Don't Explain
  8. What a Diff'rence a Day Made
  9. Willow Weep For Me
  10. Lover Man
Lera Gehner
vocal, back vocals
Alexey Popov
tenor sax
Alexey Degusarov
guitar
Alexey Nikonov
keyboards
Vladimir Koltzov-Krutov
bass
Nikolai Mironov
drums
Flora & Fauna (2CD)
 
2009

CD 1

  1. Don't Stop
  2. All For You
  3. Flash 1
  4. I'm Freed
  5. Flash 2
  6. A Sweet Temptation
  7. Flash 3
  8. Yesterday You Said
  9. The Man I Love
  10. Take A Funky Airplane
  11. Flash 4
  12. Just Because
  13. What A Wonderful World

CD 2

  1. Sky Instant
  2. Why?
  3. Look Into My Soul
  4. I'm Alone
  5. Hey, Man
  6. Take A Funky Airplane
  7. Just Because
  8. Remember
  9. Bright Nights
  10. Bobick
  11. A Sweet Temptation
Lera Gehner
vocal, back vocals
Alexey Popov
tenor sax
Segey Tarusin
keyboards
Denis Kharlashin
guitar
Boris Majorov
bass
Peter Mikheev
drums
Anton Vishnyakov
trombone
DJ Guns Holman
turntables, programming
DJ Slider
programming
DJ Kefir
programming
DJ Primat
programming
Sergey Manoukyan
vocal (12)
Eugene Borets
piano (12)
Sergrey Hutas
bass (12)
Alex Zinger
drums (12)
Look Into My Soul
 
2017

Recorded at "SEA" studio, Moscow (2014-2017)

  1. Dance, Dog, Dance
  2. Hey, Man
  3. I'm Alone
  4. Look Into My Soul
  5. Intro Divine Image
  6. Divine Image
  7. Lough Song
  8. Spring
  9. To Ray Charles
  10. Queen Of Chinatown
  11. Sunshine Day
Lera Gehner
vocal, back vocals
Alexey Popov
tenor sax, synth (3,4,8,10), keyboards (11), drum programming (10-11)
Sergey Tarusin
keyboards (1-9)
Pavel Ilushin
guitars
Victor Savich
bass (1-9)
Peter Mikheev
drums (1-9)
DJ Shtaket
turntables, samples
Ivan Vasiliev
trumpet (1-9)
Sergey Margolin
trumpet (10 -11)
Anton Vishnyakov
trombone (1-9)
Vartan Babayan
percussion (1-9)
Michael Nikolayev
percussion (10,11)
Andrey Fakhriev
bass (10,11)
Eugene Sharikov
bass solo (10)
Artem Savinkov
keyboards (10)
Peter Soldatkin
voice (6-8)
Uliana Soladtkina
voice

Other Projects

Detso & Flip Fantasia
 
1995
  1. Рассказики
  2. Коля, я здесь?
  3. Цирк
The Smoothhounds
 
1995
  1. I'm Givin' Up
  2. Don't Believe
  3. Whatcha Gonna Do?
  4. Change Your Mind
  5. Tricks Over II
  6. Satisfaction
  7. Lullaby Of Hounds
  8. Lonely Planet
  9. Eclipse
  10. You Can Make Me Feel
  11. Lately
Flip Fantasia
 
1997
  1. Take 5
  2. Hello, Dolly
  3. Yesterdays
  4. Doo-Doo
  5. Trilogy: Sasha, Mishell, Black Market
  6. Resolution
  7. Be Cool

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Alexey Popov Quartet

Alexey Popov & Sergey Vasiliev Trio

DOO BOP SOUND

Proletarian Jazz Orchestra

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Spb Funk Alliance

Lera Gehner - Alexey Popov Project

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Alexey Popov

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