We are happy to announce our first official CD release!
Bob Margolin about CD:
The band sounds great, and the guitar is especially good -- great tone, hot licks, passion, understanding of the language of the Blues. Every time Vladimir plays a phrase, I can't wait for the next lick. He is a world-class Blues guitarist.
John Nemeth about The Jumping Cats:
These russian players are some real moths-for-yas!
CD was recorded and mixed at Snaxville Studio, Skogbygda, Norway by Henrik Maarud. Mastered by Reuben Cohen at Lurssen Mastering, Hollywood, California, USA.
We are proud to say that Bob Margolin tour in Russia and Ukraine organized by Vladimir Rusinov and "The Jumping Cats" band was a huge success!
Bob is outstanding musician, excellent storyteller and tireless entertainer. Being very experienced (for more than four decades!) he doesn't use well known tricks again and again but just follows the mood of the audience and his own. And it's magic! It is noteworthy that he played guitar in the band of Muddy Waters. For seven years Bob was touring and recording with this outstanding outstanding blues player.
Bob was pleased with tour organization and gave very positive opinion about the band. Before the tour he doesn't send neither set list nor his records: he just comes, takes his guitar and plays. It raise the bar of requirements to the accompanying band dramatically and "The Jumping Cats" have met this high level.
We want to thank Marat Dacota - harmonica player and singer from Saint Petersburg for joining us in Moscow gigs.
It was great to celebrate New Year 2012 with mini-tour to Finland.
The band had two gigs in Imatra and Lappeenranta and was welcomed very warm in this winter snowy land. Shows got high appreciation from the audience, musicians and organizers. It's good to know that our new friends are waiting us back and we will definitely return to this wonderful country once again with more gigs.
In December 2011 "The Jumping Cats" arranged the tour of Kirk Fletcher, one of the most interesting modern blues guitar players.
Concerts took place in "Rhythm'n'Blues Cafe" in Moscow and in "Solnze" club in Vladimir. All shows were outstanding. Many said that Fletcher's tour was the event of the year in Moscow blues life and it definitely was! We had a lot of fun and joy accompanying this wonderful musician. Kirk was very satisfied with band and how everything was organized and said that will certainly play with "The Jumping Cats" once again.
We want to say thank you to Dmitry Subbotin and "Mess'o Blues" band for the arrangement of concert in Vladimir! We appreciate that!
In November band went to the most unusual blues festival in the world - "Himalayan Blues Festival 2011" in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal.
In this country of highest mountains and ancient traditions band
played two solo gigs and a set in the combined festival day. The most
valuable result we took back with us from this journey are incredible
impressions and friendship with musicians from all over the world.
Arsen Shomakhov - guitar player and vocalist and a good old friend of our band came to Russia in September.
For last 3 years Arsen lives in Canada, where he recorded the CD at "Blues Leaf" label, became No. 1 in Canadian blues charts and was nominated at "Mapple Blues Awards" as the "Best New Artist".
Being accompanied by "The Jumping Cats" Arsen played two vigorous gigs at Rhythm-n-blues Cafe - the best Moscow blues club.
Vladimir Rusinov and "The Jumping Cats" were invited to "Augustibluus" - very cosy European festival in Haapsalu, Estonia.
"Augustibluus" started 18 years ago and "The Jumping Cats" was the first Russian band which participated this festival.
"The Jumping Cats" played on one stage with experienced and famous performers such as Kirk Fletcher and Fernando Noronha & Black Soul. There also played "Trumpet Under Foot" from USA and very popular Estonian singer Tonis Magi.
In the beginning of July Joakim Tinderholt, one of the most noteworthy young bluesmen of Norway, played two gigs in Russia.
Joakim Tinderholt is excellent musician with the finest sense of style, vocalist with strong blues voice and very emotional guitarist. Joakim has got acknowledge and respect by genuine experts of blues style all over the world. He was lucky to play with well known performers such as Rick Holmstrom, Mitch Kashmar, RJ Mischo, Kid Andersen, Vidar Busk.
In Russian tour Joakim was supported by "The Jumping Cats". Audience could not resist their beautiful, powerful music and truly enjoyed gigs both in Moscow Rhythm'n'Blues cafe and in Saint Petersburg at "Neva Delta" international folk blues festival.
John Nemeth Russian tour organized with the support of "The Jumping Cats" band was a huge success. All the concerts both in Moscow and St. Petersburg were fully sold out.
John, one of the most prominent contemporary blues singers, attracted a lot of attention and provided a lot of possitive vibrance. Feedback can be found on the internet and in press. The very high professional level of "The Jumping Cats" band, who accomped John Nemeth at all concerts, was noted.
According to John, he was very pleased with the organization level, clubs, concerts and audiences. He enjoyed playing with the band and further collaboration is being discussed at the moment.
"The Jumping Cats" participated in "Minsk Blues Festival 2009", which took place at "Minks" Concert Hall, the largest one in the capital of Belarus. Thousands of Belarusian blues lovers sang the final song together with the band.
Beside "The Jumping Cats" there were blues bands from Switzerland, Latvia, Russia, Belarus and USA. Sonny Landreth, one of the most exceptional guitarists of the modern blues-rock music, was a headliner.
In Summer 2009 "The Jumping Cats" Band released its DVD "Live At Roadhouse". It can be bought at any of our concerts.
Production company: "JamTV". Sound by: Ruslan Chifurov and Anatoly Podlipencev, mastering: Ruslan Chifurov, cover design by Mikhail Belov.
To get the impression of the DVD check our "Video & Audio" page here.
One late evening the band made its way to the "Empty Hills 2009: Golden City" music festival taking place somewhere in the woods quite far from Moscow city.
It was a great honor for "The Jumping Cats" to be the headliner of the autumn reincarnation of such a fab festival. The band performed one of its warmest sets on the cosy stage setting a very positive and energetic atmosphere for the whole festival.
Arsen Shomakhov's (Canada) Russian tour was a great success. All the gigs in Moscow were comped by "The Jumping Cats" band.
Arsen Shomakhov (born in Russia) is one of the most outstanding blues guitarists, a regular participant of American, Canadian and European festivals. In 2006 he released his album "Dangerous!" on Blues Leaf Records, USA.
"The Jumping Cats" band participated in "Mamakabo" festival, one of the most famous Russian music festivals. It took place at "Etnomir" ("Etnoworld"), Moscow region and attracted quite a number of artists of defferent genres.
Just to name some guests present: Sergey Manukuan, "Neschastny Sluchay" band, Eugene Margulis, Oleg Mityaev, Timur Vedernikov, Irina Surina and Dmitry Chetvergov. It was the best possible end of the summer both in terms of organization and atmosphere.
One of the greatest festivals - "Music in details" took place in the centre of Moscow on August 28-30. "The Jumping Cats" launched the third day of the festival with some nice old blues. Vadim Ivaschenko, a truly outstanding guitarist, joined the band for this session. To lear more about the festival visit www.musicindetails.ru/
"The Jumping Cats" happened to be in Minsk, Belarus. A gig in the "RockHouse" club appealed to an impressive crowd of supportive fans that preferred standing close to the stage to comfortable seating at the reserved tables.
We would like to express our gratitude to Sergey Kurek and Yaroslav Alekseev for the superb organization of the tour, to Alexey Shilovich for his moral support and to the amazing "Miss Silence" band for launching the concert.
"The Jumping Cats" band left for Lithuania's "Bliuzo Naktys", the largest blues festival in Baltics (www.bliuzonaktys.lt). It took place in a very beautiful place close to a big lake next to Varniai city. Dwayne Dopsie & The Zydeco Hellraisers (US) and The Cadillac Kings (UK) were the headliners of the festival. There was a number of other cool bands from Lithuania, Latvia and Poland.
"The Jumping Cats" performed at the sunset on the second day of the festival. The audience was evidently impressed by the performance, as it demanded for more by yelling "Jumping Cats! Jumping Cats!". Despite the very tough schedule the band was happy to play some more songs after a continuous hour set. The rest of the night was extremely positive as well, special thanks go to all our Lithuanian and Latvian friends!
"The Jumping Cats" band took part in the «Neva Delta Blues», the main blues festival in St. Petersbourg. It was the second time the band was invited to the festival after a very successful set in 2008. "The Jumping Cats" performed a completely new set which received a highly positive feedback both from audience and the well-known headliners such as Steve Baker, Abi Wallenstein and Eddie Turner. A night jam on the river vessel was a perfect top-stone for the festival.
Photos and story by Anton Vorozheev (in russian)
"The Jumping Cats" band performed at "Blues Stock Festival", Belgrad (Serbia), the biggest blues festival at the Balkans. The band played an hour set and received a very positive feedback from the audience. Pera Joe, a harp legend of Serbia, joined the band for one song. Some hours before the beginning of the festival Vladimir Rusinov was interviewed by the Serbian TV resulting in two songs from the "Live at Roadhouse" DVD being broadcasted on the Serbian National TV. Next day the band was invited to perform at the legendary "Vox" bluesclub in Belgrad.
"The Jumping Cats" band performed at "Kupala on Rozhayka", one of the most cosy openair festivals of the Moscow region. The set was played already at the sunrise but audience was extremely active and positive!
"Empty Hills 2009" festival did not go as well as expected both for the band and for most of the audience. "The Jumping Cats" arrived at the spot but could not perform their set here (in russian).
But on Tuesday, June 16th, the band arranged "Blues from Hills" festival's After Party at the "Roadhouse" club. It was a very successful jam with a lot of artists from the festival: Yuri Novgorodsky - guitar, vocal (The Backstage); Vadim Ivaschenko – guitar, vocal; Ilya Alekhin - sax, vocal (Salt Peanutz); Sergey "John" Sorokin – harp; Petr Repin – vocal; Petr Kunarev – vocal; Alexey Siluyanov – guitar, vocal
"The Jumping Cats" band held a "Blues.ru Big Jam" festival at "Tinkoff" restaurant, Moscow. The idea besides the festival was to invite young and talented blues artists, to have them perform and receive the feedback from the most authoritative jury, which included: Sergey Voronov, Giya Dzagnidze, Dmitry Chetvergov, Vovka Kozhekin, Eirik Bergene and Fedor Romanenko.
"The Jumping Cats" accomped to young artists for about four hours. Many of the participating young artists were later invited to join the band for the "Jumping Tuesdays" at the "Roadhouse" club.
Tad Robinson and Alex Schultz performed a gig in Vladimir, Russia.
It was a great honor for "The Jumping Cats" to open the concert of these famous artists in Vladimir, which was possible after they visited the "The Jumping Cats" performance some days before.
At the end of the concert Tad Robinson replaced all of his musiciants with "The Jumping Cats" band members without even breaking the song - the brightest final for the show one could ever imagine!
On April 7 and 14 concerts of "The Jumping Cats" performance was filmed at the "Roadhouse", the main Russian blues club.
We would like to say a great THANK YOU to all our devoted fans who supported us at this very special event. Alex Schultz and Tad Robinson by chance happened to be among the audience on the first day of DVD filming and we were proud to receive their positive feedback.
"The Jumping Cats" band performed an extremely energetic 3-hour concert, which literally shaked the "The Other Side" pub. Marat Dakota, an outstanding harpist, joined the band for quite a long set. Ivan Zhuk's unexpected set added even more fire. Besides that, Eugeny Lamba, a young and talented guitarist from St. Petersburg, made his contribution to the gig.
In some couple of months we would return to St. Petersburg again, to perform at the main stage of the "Neva Delta Blues" Music Festival.
Enrico Crivellaro and Brian Templeton, the most prominent blues artists, invited "The Juming Cats" band to join them at their gig at the "Roadhouse" blues club. The set was short but extremely impressive.
It was our honor to receive a very positive feedback from the world famous blues professionals.
"The Jumping Cats" band held a huge "New Year Jumping Tuesday" inviting most of the artists who had performed with the band during 2008.
A great holiday gig lasted for more than two hours and filled every heart with joy and festive vigour.
The 10th International Harp Festival took place in Moscow.
"The Jumping Cats" band were honored to acomp to two great artists: Marat Dakota, an incredible harpist from St. Petersburg and Eirik Bergene, an old Norwegian friend of the band.
"The Jumping Cats" acomped to Keith Dunn, the master of classic blues and harp virtuoso. It happened by chance and without a single repetition.
The concert took place at B.B.King, one of the oldest Moscow blues clubs, and it was sold out far in advance. The audience was extremely positve about the gig while the band received a lot of compliments from Keith Dunn himself.
At the end of October "The Jumping Cats" band performed together with Joakim Tinderholt, the famous Norwegian guitarist and singer, Norwegian Blues Hurricane.
Joakim is extremely famous in Norway, his band "Joakim Tinderholt Express" has performed at the numerous blues clubs and a lot of festivals including "Notodden Blues Festival". He has played with such well-known artists as Rick Holmstrom, Mitch Kashmar, RJ Mischo, Kid Andersen, Vidar Busk and many others.
"The Jumping Cats" band's Northern Tour to Arkhangelsk was a huge success. We received a truly warm welcome from the Arkhangelsk audience.
Vladimir Rusinov says: "The public was so positive and communicative after the concert that one fan almost screwed Mikhail's neck with his strong hug..."
At the end of August "The Jumping Cats" band participated in the three main Moscow blues festivals.
The "Summer End Blues" festival at "B2" night club started the row. Then the band celebrated the last day of the summer with the "Swing Boom" openair festival at "Gorbushka" summer stage. The 5th Moscow International Blues Festival in "Lefortovo" park was a perfect summer winding up: the band shared the scene with such well-known artists as Kenny Neal, Lil'Ed & The Blues Imperials and Eric Sardinas.
"The Jumping Cats" band participated in the "Labatory" programm on the "Star" Radio, 95.6 FM. It was a very possitive and joyful experience for us even though the performance was in the "soft", not completely usual for us format, with a drumkit of small and hat only.
We spent an hour talking with Mikhail Antonov, a great radio host. During that hour we discussed the correlation between the blues and the space, the role of a woman-drummer in art, the ways to receive the knighthood, the metodology of blues concerts performances and the usage of Soviet guitars in everyday life. Vladimir Rusinov gave an answer to the very important question: "Who is principal?".
"The Jumping Cats" band successfully participated in the "Blues on Terrace 2008" Music Festival in Vologda, Russia.
Vladimir Rusinov says: "We were very impressed by Sergey Manukyan who performed with absolutely fantastic Oleg Yudanov on drums. It was extremely faery, free, improvisatory and full of music. If, by any chance, you don't know who Sergey Manukyan is, he is a great singer playing both accords and bass on keyboard and percussion, while Oleg Yudanov has a great sense of music and two of them basically make an orchestra..."
"The Jumping Cats" band performed at the "Neva Delta Blues" festival in St. Petersburg, where they received highly positive feedback from the American headliners of the festival and the festival's organizers.
"A great festival, a very good organization... an interesting programm... Two days passed as one week - it was so cool and interesting. Beautiful St. Petersburg - my favourite city! "
"The Jumping Cats" participated at the "Empty Hills" great free-style music festival.
Vladimir Rusinov says: "The previous festival helped me understand what I needed from all this... from all these festivals and music... It was a kind of a milestone year. We created a true band and we already have our real fans and friends. Now we all have different feelings and insights, and we have a lot of to be done in the future, so it won't be boring."