Valery Ponomarev (trumpet) & Jazz-quintet "Ufa" in Jazz-club Ufa. Irina Ostin (vocal), Pavel Skornyakov (sax), Sergey Oskin (double bass), igor Atapin (royal), Anton Antonov (drums).
"But the most provocative soloist in the group is Valery Ponomarev, a Russian trumpeter who combines bristling attack with dazzling execution and a very neat, compact, controlled development of his solos." John S. Wilson, The New York Times
"The star of the show is the amazing Ponomarev, With a gritty yet clean sound a neo-bop style, the trumpeter suggests the approach of his idol, the immortal Clifford Brown." Chuck Berg, Lawrence Journal-World
"Ponomarev is a force to be respected . . . his musicianship, long evident as a trumpeter, extends to composition and arranging as well." Stuart Troup, Newsday.
As a solo artist, Mr. Ponomarev has completed two tours of Australia, China and numerous European tours, including a special tour with Harold Land featuring the music of Clifford Brown. He was also featured as a European superstar at the Charlie Parker in Paris Festival.
with Max Roach
Mr. Ponomarev has also played concerts with Benny Golson, featuring Mr. Golson's music. He was also a member of the memorial "Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers" band led by Mr. Golson.
Mr. Ponomarev is frequently heard as a sideman in live performances and recordings.
He was featured in the movie "Frozen In Amber," a documentary about the contributions of Russian ex-patriots to art and the performing arts in the USA. "Messenger from Russia," a documentary by independent producer Jason Scadron about Valery Ponomarev's life, was aired on the National Geographic Today channel for the first time in March 2002 and most recently in January 30th & 31st 2003. "Trumpet-player from Russia" is a 54-minute documentary about Mr. Ponomarev's life produced by world famous writer Edward Topol and sponsored by Russian State filming company. It is in progress as of this writing.
Mr. Ponomarev has been written about very positively in many publications including: Oxford University Press, the Grove Encyclopedia of Music, Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD by Richard Cook & Brian Morton, All Music Guide to Jazz, Hard Bop Academy by Alan Goldsher, Top Brass by Bob Bernotas, Trumpet Kings by Scott Yanow, and many others.