Trumpeter Vitaly Golovnev
was born in Nalchik, Russia into a family of musicians. In November of 2003 Mr. Golovnev moved to New York City. Since his arrival he has found himself in high demand working with many of New York s most prominent Big Band s including: Mingus Big Band, David Berger and "Sultans Of Swing" Orchestra, Brooklyn Big Band, and Hal McKusick Nonet. Vitaly Golovnev has been active leading and composing for his own group since they formed in 2005. His debut album, consisting of nine Golovnev originals, To Whom It May Concern
(Tippin ), was released in January of 2009 to high critical acclaim. His second album, What Matters
(Tippin ), is scheduled to be released in the summer of 2012. Mr. Golovnev has been fortunate to perform as a sideman with many notable musicians including: Wynton Marsalis, Richie Cole, Lew Tabackin, Randy Brecker, Billy Cobham, Paul Bollenback, and Donny McCaslin. Mr. Golovnev was awarded as a semifinalist in the prestigious 2007 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Trumpet Competition.
Golovnev is clearly a force to be reckoned with --Jazz Journal
Golovnev projects an idiosyncratic sensibility, ironic and romantic --Down Beat
His playing suggests a more progressive, angular and daring feel to this music --All Music Guide