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Roman Stolyar

Roman Stolyar

Siberian improvisation

posted 2/13/2012

Jazz has had a long and complicated history in Russia and the Soviet Union. Beloved in the '20s, practically banned in the '40s, it continued to go in and out of official favor until the end of Soviet power. Stalin confiscated saxophones, and Khrushchev famously revealed that "when I hear jazz, it's as if I had gas on the stomach." And yet only a few years

 
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