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Alex Sipiagin
Alex Sipiagin


Alex Sipiagin was born in Yaroslavl, Russia, in 1967, a provincial city 150 miles from Moscow, home to one of Russia’s most famous opera singers, Leonid Sobinov (Alex’s great-grand uncle). At 12 he studied under the great symphonic trumpeter and teacher, Mikhael Tsamaiev, and was soon after introduced to (and inspired by) rare recordings of jazz. At 16 he entered the Moscow Music Institute, where he combined classical studies with jazz explorations. After receiving his Baccalaureate at 19, Sipiagin continued his musical education at the Gnessin Conservatory in Moscow and in recording sessions.

In 1990, with Glasnost in fully sway, he visited the United States for the first time, and was invited to participate in the International Louis Armstrong Competition sponsored by the Thelonius Monk Institute in Washington D.C. He came 4th in the competition, and was presented a Bach trumpet by the legendary Clark Terry, a trumpet he still plays to this day. The following year he moved to New York City, where he sat in on jam sessions until landing a regular gig with the Gil Evans Band (directed by Miles Evans).

In 1993 he became a member of the Zebra Coast Orchestra, then in 1994, Sipiagin joined the George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band, and played in drummer Bob Moses’ Mozamba. He became a member of the Mingus Big Band in 1995, and is still a member today. Since 2000, he has regularly worked with the Dave Holland Big Band and more recently in Holland’s various small groups. Alex has also worked with Michael Brecker’s Quindectet, Eric Clapton, Dr. John, Aaron Neville, Elvis Costello, Michael Franks, Dave Sanborn, Deborah Cox, Phil Ramone, and on many Grammy Award –winning recordings. Alex has released 11 recordings under his own hame, mostly with Criss Cross Jazz, Artist Share and Sunnyside, and continues to tour extensively throughout the world.



Last Updated on Thursday, 02 July 2015 16:51