Sadykhov, Vagif (Emirovich )
- Sergey Belichenko
(b Baku, Azerbaijan SSR [now Azerbaijan], June 6, 1946). Azerbaijani pianist. He first played jazz at the age of 12 and later completed studies in piano and composition at both the Azerbaijan Conservatory and, in 1969, the Baku Conservatory. While still a teenager he organized a student “symphojazz” group and led a trio, and in 1964 he was invited by the tenor saxophonist Vladimir Sermakashev to play in the KM Quartet at the jazz club Youth. In Moscow he worked with such musicians as Aleksey Zubov, Gennady Golstain, and Konstantin Nosov and played at the jazz clubs Sinyay Pittsa (Bluebird) and Pechora. He was a member of the band Blue Screen (1969–71), Oleg Lundstrem’s orchestra (1973–7), the Azerbaijan State Variety-Symphonic Orchestra (1977–9), and Georgy Garanian’s ensemble Melody (1979–85), to which he contributed compositions and arrangements; he also formed the Quintet of the Soloists of Melody (including Zubov), which recorded his first album as a leader. In ...