All that jazz

Larisa Dolina, singer

1955 – Born in Baku
1981 – Produces “The Anthology of Jazz Vocal” with the orchestra of the legendary Russian jazz musician, Anatoly Kroll
1984 – Plays Mephistopheles Phantom in the famous musical composed by Alfred Shnitke, “Doctor Jonathan Faust’s History”
1984 - Studies, Gnessin State Musical College
1995 – Releases “Dolina In The Passion Valley” 1998 – performs “I Will Survive” with Gloria Gaynor on national television, New Years eve
1998 – Awarded “Woman Of The Year” title in Russia
1998 – Becomes “People’s Artist of Russia”, the highest status an artist can receive in the country
1998 – Voice of the world Youth Games in Moscow
1999 – Tours the U.S. with the programme “Singer And Musician”
2000 – Performs with Ray Charles
2002 – Premiere of her show with Igor Butman’s jazz band, “Carnival Of Jazz”
2002 – Releases album “Carnival Of Jazz”
2002 – Advisor to the presidential committee on cultural and art events
2005 – Awarded medal of honour by Vladimir Putin for her contribution to the development of musical art
2005 – Takes part in "Christmas Ball-2005" concert with world famous violinist and conductor, Vladimir Spivakov, and the "Virtuosos Of Moscow" chamber orchestra

Our today’s guest started as a jazz vocalist, but later became one of the superstars of the Russian pop scene. So she knows perfectly what's cooking on this scene, and behind the wings. Is Russia the wrong place for jazz? And is Russia the right place to stage the main European pop music contest? To answer these and other questions, our guest in the studio today is - Larisa Dolina...