Valery Ponomarev

With a strong interest in the style of Clifford Brown's playing, which he had heard on some "bootleg" recordings in his native Russia, Valery defected to the United States via Rome in 1972. Naturally he was attracted to Art Blakey and his Jazz Messengers and by 1976 he had replaced Bill Hardman in the trumpet chair of "Buhania's" band. From early 1977 until late 1980 Valery appeared on no less than nine Blakey recordings, absorbing the hard-bop sound, learning and developing his own technique.

Since leaving Blakey, his music associations have included: Walter Bishop,Jr., Warne Marsh, Lee Konitz, Joe Farrell, Joe Henderson, Kenny Barron, Ralph Moore, Kenny Washington and many more.

Recommended recordings:"In this Korner" with Art BlakeyConcord CCD-4068
"Live at Montreux and North Sea" with Art BlakeyTimeless CDSJP-150
"Means of Indentification"Reservoir RSR CD 101
"Trip to Moscow"Reservoir RSR CD 107
"Profile"Reservoir RSR CD 119