In December 2019 the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz held its International Guitar Competition in Washington D.C. The Institute, named for Thelonious Monk until this past year, has held competitions going back to 1987 honoring young singers and musicians. This year’s winner was 30-year old Russian phenom Evgeny Pobozhiy.
A few years ago Evgeny recorded this performance of his composition “the Aether”. Joining him were two fellow Russian jazz artists and Italian bassist Federico Malaman.
In this more recent recording of his composition “Calumet”, Evgeny starts to show off his chops at about 2:00. Later in the track you’ll hear a sax solo by Brandon Fields, a session man who’s played with dozens of stars from Ray Charles to Stanley Clarke to Earth Wind and Fire.
In this video we add another young jazz powerhouse, 24-year old bassist Mohini Dey from Mumbai Oh my goodness. Rolling Stone wrote Mohini up as an artist to watch in 2012 when she was 15.
And check out this amazing duet with the aforementioned Federico Malaman.