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The Russian Jazz Trio

Nikolai is a very accomplished musician who lives right here in Charleston, South Carolina. His active international career has taken him to Europe and the US.

Nikolai performs as a solo act, but also play with a duo, trio or ensemble. His venues include concert halls, historic buildings, plantations, hotels and restaurants. With his musical background and variety of styles Nikolai is in high demand with corporate events and party planners, from the most prestigious events (President George W. Bush, Governor of S.C., S.C. Speaker of The House), to beautiful beach weddings and plantation cocktails and receptions.

Equally conversant with Spanish/Classical repertoire, Brazilian guitar music and Spanish/Classical repertoire, Nikolai is active in performing in both jazz and classical genres, exhibiting exceptional musicianship and surpassed professionalism all combined to create a most authentic performance.

He plays six and eight string guitar and has written works for orchestra, voice and various instrumental ensembles, as well as for solo guitar. Nikolaiís musical background includes both film and television soundtracks, numerous music festivals and recordings in Russia, Europe and the United States. Nikolai was fortunate to share the stage with world famous guitarist such as: Chet Atkins, Larry Carlton, Lee Ritenour, Guinga and others.

Nikolai received a Master of Art Degree in Music with concentration in Jazz Guitar from the University of Arts in Russia, and he is currently working towards his Post Graduate Degree in Classical Guitar Performance at USC in Columbia.

Nikolaiís trio plays a lovely variety of music by Django Reinhardt (gypsy jazz), Brazilian sambas, Bossa novas, New-Flamenco and jazz standards. The trio is comprised of the best musicians in Charleston, members of the Hilton Head and Charleston Symphony Orchestra and plays classical music as well.

The combination of guitar, violin and upright bass is the perfect combination for any wedding ceremony and cocktail hour. Music selections from a classical repertoire to a happy upbeat Brazilian/Latin/gypsy jazz selection are perfect for any type of nuptials. A typical wedding package includes Nikolai playing solo or duo with violin for the ceremony, and then the full trio playing cocktails or reception.





Dark Eyes                        

Django's Tiger                  

It Don't Mean A Thing        

Manha de Carnaval           

Moscow Nights


Sinti Song

Sweet Georgia Brown      



What A Wonderful World


Guitar music of Brazil, Argentina, Spain, Russia, Hungary.
Brazil. A. Barrogo
Agua De Beber. A.C. Jobim
The Dolphin. L. Eca
Luiza. A.C. Jobim
Meditation. A.C. Jobim
Adios Nonino. A. Piazzolla
Gypsy Samba. (original)
Samba Preluda. A. Regado
Zhardash. Monti
La Cumparsita (trad.)
Que Pasa? (gypsy)
Pegao. H. Feliciano
Triste. A.C. Jobim
So Danco Samba. A.C. Jobim.
Guitar de Amour. (trad. Argentina)
Concierto de Aranjuez. (exerpt) Rodriguez
Corcovado. A.C. Jobim
A Felicidade. A.C. Jobim
Girl from Ipanema. A.C. Jobim
Samba do Aviao. A.C. Jobim
One Note Samba. A.C. Jobim
How Insensitive. A.C. Jobim
Desafinado. A.C. Jobim
Dindi. A.C. Jobim
Wave. A.C. Jobim
Manha do Carnaval. L. Bonfa
We and the Sea. L. Eca
Mambo Inn. G. Sampson
Granada. I. Albeniz
El Marabino. A. Lauro
Dark Eyes. (russian trad.)
Gente Humilde. (brazilian) Garoto
Rosto Colado. (brazilian) P. Bellinati
Russian Jazz Trio New flamenco, Gypsy guitar music, Jazz Standards, Swing
Barcelona. Acoustic Alchemy
Spain. Chick. Corea
Armandoís Rhumba. Chick Corea.
Sinti. D.Rosenberg
Django. J. Lewis
Begin the Beguine. Cole Porter
Sweet Georgia Brown. M. Pinkard
Hungaria. D. Reinhardt
Caravan. Ellington
Oh Lady Be Good. Gershwin
Poor Butterfly
Honeysuckle Rose. Fats Waller
Summertime. Gershwin
On the Street where You Live
Iím Beginning to See the Light. Ellington
Exactly Like You. Fields/McHugh
Micro. D. Reinhardt
Putting on the Ritz. Cole Porter
Djangoís Tiger. D. Reinhardt
Fleur de Lavande. F. Lafortin
Night and Day. Cole Porter
Sheik of Araby. T. Snyder
Shine. R.C. McPherson-Ford
What a Wonderful World. G.D. Weiss
After Youíve Gone. H. Creamer
Ainít Misbehaving. Fats Waller
Dark Eyes. (Russian Gypsy)
Minor Swing. D. Reinhardt
It Donít Mean a Thing... Ellington
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
I Canít Give You Anything But Love
Days of Wine and Roses
Georgia On My Mind. Hoagy Carmichael
You Are the Sunshine of My Life. Wonder
Autumn Leaves
Stardust. Hoagy Carmichael
Nature Boy
All of Me
Itís Only a Paper Moon
The Shadow of Your Smile
Love Song
Nuages. D. Reinhardt
Tromblant Bolero D. Reinhardt
Exactly like You
Gentle Rain Luis Bonfa
Besame Mucho
Embraceable You Gershwin
All the Things You Are
Rose Room
Fly me to the Moon
Misty. Erroll Garner
September Song
Iím in the Mood for Love
A Kiss to Build a Dream On. Louis Armstrong
The Charleston
Mack the Knife
Tea for Two
Take Five. P. Desmond
St. Thomas
Deep Purple
A Night in Tunisia
On the Sunny Side of the Street
Take the ďAĒ Train Ellington
Love Nat ďKingĒ Cole
Them There Eyes
 ...and more!

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