«…unfettered imagination, no-limits technique, and heroic sound»
— Ted Panken (DownBeat, Jazz Times)
«Bayazitov’s rounded sound, upper register slurs and studied approach reflect those early influences, but his focus and articulation bare the stamp of glossy mainstream New York»
— Mike Hobart (Jazzwise)
«Bayazitov is a musician who plays across several genres, feeling that helps his overall vision. He just seemingly has music running through his veins and takes as many opportunities as he can get – rock, church, funk, Latin. This open-minded spirit and unbridled enthusiasm colors this truly uplifting album. Keep your eyes and ears tuned to Bayazitov. His confidence and expressive playing belie his youth»
— Jim Hynes (Making a Scene)
«The Doors Are Open is full of lively music, inviting the listener in»
— Patrick Hadfield (London Jazz News)
Azat Bayazitov is a Russian-born and New York-based outstanding saxophonist, composer, and arranger.
Azat is a graduate of the famous ‘Gnesins Russian Academy of Music’ (taught by the legendary teacher Alexander Oseychuk), the winner of international jazz competitions, ex-soloist of ‘Igor Butman Moscow Jazz Orchestra’ (the best Russian big band), the leader of his own band CONNECTION.
While working with Igor Butman, he has been touring over the USA, Canada, France, Italy, Finland, Sweden, India, South Korea, Latvia, China, and Russia as well.
In 2015 Azat released his debut album “IF YOU STILL TRUST” (Butman Music records) which was recorded in New York with Mark Whitfield Jr, Davis Whitfield, Spencer Murphy, Vitaly Golovnev, and Alexander Papiy.
In 2017 Azat Bayazitov decided to move to New York, the capital of jazz.
In June 2020 Rainy Days Records released Azat’s new album «THE DOORS ARE OPEN» recorded (in 2019) with David Kikoski, Adam Rogers, Boris Kozlov, and young Russian-born drummer prodigy Samvel Sarkisyan. The recording session held at Bunker Studio in New York. «THE DOORS ARE OPEN» already got many positive reviews and feedbacks from different reputable jazz magazines.
Since September 2020 Azat is a Master’s student at Jazzcampus in Basel, Switzerland, studying with Mark Turner, Jorge Rossy, Guillermo Klein, Domenic Landolf, and many others.
Albums as a leader:
2020 «THE DOORS ARE OPEN» (Rainy Days Records)
2015 «IF YOU STILL TRUST» (Butman Music Records)