Amina Figarova Sextet | SFJAZZ

Amina Figarova Sextet

A native of Baku, Azerbaijan, Amina Figarova has risen from her upbringing behind the Iron Curtain to become of the most celebrated pianists and composers on the international jazz scene. A prodigy who began piano studies at the age of 2, she earned degree in classical piano performance before relocating to Rotterdam and devoting her passions to jazz, eventually landing at Boston’s Berklee College as part of a student exchange program. Combining her classical technique with a love for the music of Oscar Peterson and Duke Ellington, Figarova has released over a dozen exquisite sessions, beginning with her 1994 debut album, Attraction. Since that auspicious beginning, she has established her career based more on her own sterling compositions, and her efforts have been rewarded with appearances at jazz festivals in Newport, New Orleans, Chicago, Paris, and Detroit. The pianist spent much of her career in Holland before settling in New York City in 2010 with her husband, sextet flautist Bart Platteau, and her newest release, Blue Whisper, is her most accomplished and evocative to date. She brings a superb sextet to the Joe Henderson Lab, including the broad-toned tenor saxophonist Wayne Escoffery.

Artist Personnel

Amina Figarova piano
Bart Platteau flutes
Marc Mommaas tenor saxophone
Alex Pope Norris trumpet
Endea Owens bass
Darrell Green drums

Artist Website

"Amina Figarova cuts a striking figure at the piano, but it’s far from show. Her originals channel people, places and things but with rare equilibrium. " — Chicago Sun-Times
"She is, without a doubt, one of the most brilliant and prolific pianists and composers on the jazz scene. " — Marian McPartland

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