Valery Ponomarev worked with Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers for 4 years. With the Messengers, he performed at major concert halls, clubs, and festivals all over the world and recorded eleven record albums. He also made numerous television appearances with the Messengers in Europe, Japan, and Brazil. In the United States he has made television appearances on "To Tell The Truth," on the PBS network, National Geographic Today, and CNN. He performed at the Clifford Brown Memorial Concert in Wilmington, Delaware, 1991, which featured the music of the legendary Max Roach/Clifford Brown Quintet with Max Roach (leader) on drums, Harold Land, tenor sax, George Morrow, bass, Sam Dockery, piano, and Valery Ponomarev, trumpet.
Valery Ponomarev, Russian: Валерий Михайлович Пономарёв, Valery Mikhaylovich Ponomaryov, (born 1943) is a Russian born jazz trumpeter. He has lived in the United States since 1973.
Ponomarev became interested in jazz after hearing it on Voice of America and felt a particular affinity for Clifford Brown. He dedicated countless hours to transcribing, studying and memorizing legendary jazz trumpet solos. In time he decided to flee the then Soviet Union and ended up joining Art Blakey's "The Jazz Messengers." After leaving he formed his own band "Universal Language."
Mr. Ponomarev has written over 20 compositions which have been recorded. His compositions Envoy, Dialogue, and Take Care (from "Means of Identification") are published in combo format, available from Second Floor Music, 130 West 28th Street, New York, NY 10001.
Valery Ponomarev Avatar studios 9/22/05 Personnel: Valery Ponomarev: trumpet; Martin Zenker: bass; Jerome Jennings: drums.