Russian-by-birth American-by-Music Svetlana is "Astrud Gilberto in New York via Moscow" (Guy Eckstine), "erudite, purist torchy jazz chanteuse" (Lucid Culture), that leads her"subtle, compelling, eclectically torchy jazz combos" (NY Music Daily) playing music that is firmly based in the jazz tradition but is also for "here and now" (New York Music Daily), "sophisti-pop… exuberant, foot-stompin’ music that combines swing with pop-singer/songwriter sensibilities”. (WPIX11 News).
Born and raised in Moscow, a natural artist and entertainer from the very early age, Svetlana grew up listening to American records on her hissing “made in USSR” Melodia turntable before moving to the East Village in the late 90s without family or friends, drawn by the freedom of personal and artistic expression opportunities that NYC had to offer.
20 years later, Svetlana is a confident critically acclaimed jazz artist and a mainstay on the New York jazz scene (a Finalist of the Paul Carr's 2019 Discovery Act Competition, finalist of the American Music Abroad (AMA), and an alternate of the 2019 American traditions vocal competition) - while also conquering the US and the globe with her various ensembles (her "NYC Darlings" Delancey Five, a group focusing on early jazz and swing music, her straight-ahead quartet, The New York Swing Collective, and her newest project, 16 piece Svetlana's Big Band!)
Svetlana's shows transport the audiences to the carnival of sound, seamlessly moving from sophisticated and sultry retrospection to a rowdy joyous dance party. Svetlana and her band have headlined sold out shows in the premier venues and festivals across the US and internationally (Tel Aviv Blues Festival, Italian Villas and Jazz Festival, Blue Note Jazz Festival - as well as the Blue Note (NYC and Napa), BBKings, Yoshi's, Iridium, Joe's Pub, Regatta Bar, Nighttown, Twins, Bethesda Jazz and Blues many Performance Arts Theaters and Festivals around the US) - gaining critical acclaim from audiences and press alike by presenting exhilarating shows that combine the charm of Svetlana's sultry swinging vocals, with the the excitement, power, and unpredictable improvisational aspects of her various ensembles.
Svetlana's debut album Night at the Speakeasy has been produced by Grammy Award Winning Guy Eckstine, has premiered among the "most added" on JazzWeek and CMJ Jazz Radio charts and has been released to critical acclaim (Top 10 2015 albums, Classicalite, Vents Magazine, Bill's Place Music). Svetlana's upcoming album, Night at the Movies (produced by Grammy Award winning Matt Pierson, and arranged by Grammy Award winning Gil Goldstein, and ft Wycliffe Gordon, Sullivan Fortner, Pasquale Grasso, Rogerio Boccato, and more) is forthcoming in the Spring of 2019.
“Sophisti-pop”… Exuberant, foot-stompin’ music that combines swing with pop-singer/songwriter sensibilities”. (WPIX11 News)
"Breakfast at Tiffany's meets Some Like it Hot" (Lucid Culture)
"Outstanding band.... Exceptional vocalist and songwriter" (Will Friedwald, Wall Street Journal)
"New York City's darling" (Time Out NY)
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