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Belichenko, Sergey (Andrejevich )locked

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(b Novosibirsk, Russian SFSR [now Russia], March 16, 1947). Russian drummer, writer, broadcaster, and educator. He began playing jazz in 1962, and after graduating from the state medical institute in Novosibirsk in 1971 he pursued a dual career as a jazz musician and an obstetrician. In 1975 he established Tvorcheskoye Dhazovoye Ob’yedinenie (Creative Jazz Unity), the first association of musicians and jazz promoters east of the Urals. He performed with Vladimir Tolkachev in the Musical Improvising Trio (1975–9), with Igor Dmitriev in various groups (including, from 1977, Zolotoye Gody Dhaza (Golden Jazz Years), with Vytautas Labutis in the quartet SibLitMash (Siberian-Lithuanian Jazz Machine, 1980s), and with Vagif Sadykhov in another quartet (1998), while also working as a freelance with Vladimir Chekasin, Anatoly Vapirov, Igor Butman, Joe Locke, Paul Bollenback, and former members of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, among others. In 1990 he began to broadcast on radio, and in 1992, in collaboration with a Swiss businessman, he founded the first private radio station in Siberia. From 1996 he taught jazz history at the state university in Novosibirsk, and from 1997 he organized jazz and blues festivals in Russia. Belichenko has prepared a discography of 3500 free-jazz albums, and, together with V. Kotelnikov, he wrote a history of jazz in Siberia.

Selected recordings

As sideman

Homo Liber: Siberian Four (1982, Leo 114); S. Kuryokhin: Pop Mechanics, no.17 (1984, Leo 148); Valentina Ponomareva: Fortune Teller (1983–5, Leo 136); Snow Children and V. Chekasin: Christmas Rhapsody (1986, Ermatell 002); V. Chekasin: Nomen Nescio (1987, Melodya 158); D. Goloshchokin: Tenderly, Tenderly and only Tenderly (1994, Ermatell 011); I. Butman: One Summer Weekend (1996, Ermatell 026); New York/Novosibirsk Double Jazz Quartet: Hellish Mixture (1996, Ermatell 032); Daniil Kramer: Waltz for a Lovely Wife (1997, Ermatell 038)