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Hailing from Azerbaijan, the New York-based Amina Figarova is an internationally influenced—and recognized—composer, pianist, and bandleader. Those three roles come to the forefront in Figarova’s sextets, bands with a remarkable chemistry that brings her detailed arrangements to life. Every member of the group stands out as a first-rate individual, but their dedication to Figarova’s eclectic and powerful compositions gives this group its depth of feeling and elite status. The Amina Figarova Sextet has been a hit at major festivals like the Newport Jazz Festival and New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.
The Sextet includes: Amina Figarova on piano, Bart Platteau on Flutes, Morgan Guerin on tenorsax, Alex Pope Norris on trumpet, Philip Norris on bass, and Brian Richburg JR on drums.
We will be playing music from Amina’s new CD “Road to the Sun”
With this release Amina Figarova is celebrating the 20th anniversary of her band.
In 1998, having a blast playing with a big band made up of students from Thelonius Monk’s Institute of Jazz, outdoors, surrounded by the gorgeous mountains of Aspen Snow Mass, I was thinking how much I wanted to create a smaller band that would have the same power of a big band, but with so much more room in it for each musician to shine.
Little did I know this was the beginning of a beautiful journey, one that continues to this day, in which every concert, every recording is another beginning, another thrill, another joy.
I conceived of the band as a septet 20 years ago, and later refined it to a sextet in 2005. And many of the most incredible musicians in the world have been a part of this band and of my band family. It is so much fun writing for them, trying out different directions, different unknowns; this continuous journey an exquisite adventure: enlightening, illuminating, beautiful, easy and challenging at the same time.
Amina Figarova has been a band leader for 20 years.  Her band is somewhere between a small ensemble and the power of a big band.  Amina’s band plays a form of high octane jazz and new age creative instrumental music. As vocalist and pianist, Amina and her band have made 14 recordings. Her classical influences include Bach, Rachmanicoff, Debussy, Scriabin, and her jazz influences include Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Oscar Peterson, and Ella Fitzgerald. Amina is an admirer of the music of Herbie Hancock, McCoy Tyner, Chick Corea, Keith Jarrett, Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, and Michel Petrucianni.  Amina studied at Baku Conservatory, Rotterdam Conservatory in the Netherlands, and at the Berklee School of Music. Amina has worked with James Moody, Larry Coryell, Winard Harper, Nathan Davis, Toots Thielemans, Claudio Roditi, Jackie Ryan, and many others. Husband and Flutist, Bart Platteau, is an accomplished professional and band manager. Morgan Guerin is a multi instrumentalist, producer, composer, and engineer who will play saxophone. Morgan has worked with Terri Lyne Carrington, Ellis Marsalis, Tyshawn Sorey, Esperanza Spalding, Jimmy Cobb, Nicolas Payton, Christian Scott, Stefon Harris, Allen Toussaint, Freddie Cole, Russell Gunn, Wallace Roney, Buster Williams and others.

Alex Pope Norris is a trumpeter, composer, arranger, and educator. Alex has studied and received his degrees at the Peabody Conservatory, the Manhattan School of Music, and the University of Miami.  He has taught at the New School of Jazz and Contemporary Music, the University of Miami, and the Peabody Conservatory.  Alex has 2 recordings as a leader, and has played on over 80 recordings as a sideman.  He has played with the Village Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, the Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra, Maria Schneider’s Big Band, with Betty Carter, Lonnie Plaxico, Jason Lindner, Timbalaye, Slide Hampton, Joshua Redman, Brad Mehldau, Chris Potter, Carl Allen, John Patituchi, Mulgrew Miller, Brian Blade, Afro-Cuban music with Andy and Jerry Gonzalez, Manny Oquendo, Paquito D’Rivera, Chico O’Farill, and with the big bands of Ron Carter, Mingus Dynasty, Alan Ferber, Kyle Eastwood, Helen Sung, and Miguel Zenon.

Phillip Norris is a bassist who is studying at the Julliard School of Music, and received the Ella Fitzgerald Outstanding Soloist Award.  Phillip has played with Wynton Marsalis, Ullysses Owens Jr., Harold Mabern, Joe Farnsworth, Eric Alexander, Jeff Hamilton, Helen Sung, Kenny Washington, and many others.

Brian Richburg Jr., is a talented drummer, and student of Donald Harrison, and Herlin Riley.

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