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Showing posts with label Vladimir Rusinov and the Jumping Cats. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Vladimir Rusinov and the Jumping Cats. Show all posts

Thursday, August 2, 2012

San-Ho-Zay - Kirk Fletcher with Vladimir Rusinov & the Jumping Cats

Vladimir Rusinov & The Jumping Cats were formed in 2003 in Moscow by guitar player Vladimir Rusinov. Since then the band has played numerous club gigs and successfully participated in festivals all over Russia and abroad. Some of the highlights include Himalayan Blues Festival 2011 (Nepal), August Blues 2011 (Estonia), Moscow International Blues Festivals (Russia), Belgrade Blues Festival 2009 (Serbia), Blues Nights 2009 (Lithuania), Minsk Blues Festival 2009 (Belarus), Neva Delta Blues festivals (St Petersburg), Empty Hills festivals and all the festivals organized by the Russian Blues Society (

Every week the band presents a blues show "The Jumping Tuesdays" at the Moscow's renown Roadhouse Blues Club. More than 40 musicians from Russia, Norway, Belarus and Ukraine were featured in these series of gigs as special guests. The Jumpin' cats earned a reputation of a very reliable band, which is why the foreign musicians often choose it as an accompanying band when touring Russia. Band played with John Nemeth, JW Jones, Kirk Fletcher, Robert Lighthouse and many others.

Vladimir Rusinov is a powerful and soulful guitar player and singer. After winning the Russian Hendrix Contest in 2002 he has shifted to west-coast blues style and spent a lot of time playing jump and swing blues with different bands. Later he started his own project entitled "The Jumping Cats" which delivers a mixture of blues styles spicing it up with swing, funk, surf and soul. Vladimir has shared the stage with such artists as Rick Holmstrom, Enrico Crivellaro, Tad Robinson, Alex Shultz, John Primer, Lurrie Bell, Eddie C. Campbell, Phil Guy, Vidar Busk, Kid Andersen and many others.

Mikhail Belov (bass) and Ksenia Dubrovskaya (drums) form one of the best rhythm-sections in Russia. They add the right groove and swing to the sound of the band. The lineup of the band hasn't changed since the day it was formed. Jumping Cats is a solid band that has proven that it can can rock small venues, as well as big open-air festivals.
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