I just stumbled across these videos from the recent Second International Children’s Jazz Festival “We Play Jazz” in Rostov-on-Don…
Here’s a combo playing Nicholas Payton’s Zigaboogaloo:
On Twitter, Payton approvingly wrote: “These lil’ MFs are gettin’ it!!! LOL,” and then: “I’m truly flattered by these little kids way over in Russia playing the stank outta my music. God is good!!!”
And here’s a tribute to Ella Fitzgerald — or to Nikki Yanofsky — from 8-year-old cowgirl vocalist Alexandra Boldareva:
Both of these groups were coached, from what I can tell, by Andrey Machnev of a Children’s Jazz School in Rostov-on-Don.
And from the recent children’s jazz contest “Rhythm-Express” in Ekaterinburg, here’s Mikhail Voeykov, also seen in the above videos, getting his Jaco Pastorius on with Portrait of Tracy:
Yes, these talented young’uns are, in a word, imitating. But isn’t that how Eldar got his start?