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Jazz guitarist Ilya Lushtak has been an important part of New York jazz scene since the mid-nineties, having worked extensively with legendary jazz figures all the while. Although perhaps most noteworthy was his experience performing and recording with the late great pianist Hank Jones, his musical experience includes years of performance with the likes of Barry Harris, Jimmy Cobb, Cedar Walton, Mel Rhyne, Louis Hayes, Rufus Reid, Mickey Roker, Charles Earland, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Jimmy Lovelace, Jimmy Heath and many others. Ilya is also currently a working member of the Frank Wess quintet. Ilya has also worked continuously in the fields of gospel, soul and contemporary urban styles.
In addition to performing and recording in New York, Ilya has worked since 1999 as a band leader and singer abroad, primarily in the country of his birth, Russia. There, he has worked consistently as a featured artist for the Jazz-Philharmonic Hall in St. Petesrburg, as well as a continued colleague of the Russian jazz icon and cultural stalwart David Goloshokin.
Although born in Russia and seasoned in New York, Ilya actually grew up and spent his formative years in San Francisco playing and studying with Bay Area jazz figures such as Bruce Forman, Larry Vuckovich, Vince Lateano, Vince Wallace, Ed Kelly and Bishop Norman Williams. Do to a lack of need and/or initiative Ilya has yet to complete a solo album project and is still mostly unknown as a leader in the U.S. Although thus far this has not prevented his making a living certain local employers are now insisting that basic publicity material such as this sight be available.
C'est la vie!!