Please join us for an evening of live jazz with two incredible musicians.
Jazz guitarist and vocalist Ilya Lushtak has been an important part of New York jazz scene for over a decade, having worked extensively with legendary jazz figures all the while. His musical experience includes years of performance and recording with the likes of Hank Jones, Barry Harris, Jimmy Cobb, Cedar Walton, Mel Rhyne, Louis Hayes, Rufus Reid, Mickey Roker, Charles Earland, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Jimmy Lovelace, Curtis Lundy, Joe Magnarelli, David Hazeltine, as well as working in the quintet and quartet of Frank Wess from 2003-2013.
Since 1999 Ilya has also been busy as a band leader and singer throughout Europe, most actively in the country of his birth, Russia. In addition to performing in dozens of cities throughout, he has been a regularly featured artist at the Jazz-Philharmonic Hall in St. Petersburg, as well as a continued colleague of the Russian jazz icon and cultural stalwart David Goloshokin. In Russia also came his extensive experience singing with the Philharmonic Hall Big Band of St. Petersburg, where dozens of sold out performances where met with critical acclaim.
Although born in Russia and seasoned in New York, Ilya actually grew up and spent his formative years in San Francisco playing and studying with Bay Area jazz figures such as Bruce Forman, Vince Lateano, Vince Wallace, Ed Kelly and Bishop Norman Williams. Yearly Ilya returns to the Bay for regular engagements with local legends Larry Vuckovich and Noel Jewkes.
John Webber is one of the premiere bass players in the jazz world. He can be seen at New York City's finest jazz clubs, and he tours all over the United States and the world. John studied music at Northern Illinois University and Roosevelt University. In 1987 John moved to New York City and began performing with Bill Hardman and Junior Cook. His career has included long-running collaborations with Johnny Griffin, George Coleman, Eric Alexander, and Jimmy Cobbs Mob as well as freelance work with Etta Jones, Horace Silver, Ryan Kisor, Lou Donaldson, Milt Jackson, Benny Green, Barry Harris, Brad Mehldau,and many, many others. John can be heard on numerous recordings as leader and sideman.