Home Base: Los Angeles, CA | Austin, TX
Music Style: Contemporary Jazz, Soul, RnB, Latin, Traditional Jazz, Swing and Big Band
Major Scale Management
Gina McCain / 703-930-4594
ILYA SEROV – BIOGRAPHY
“Ilya really is a talented trumpeter and a great singer. This guy has got the goods.
Ilya Serov - remember that name.” — Dave Koz
Award-winning trumpeter /singer /guitarist /band leader Ilya Serov has a passion for jazz that knows no bounds. A talented young musician with an old soul, Ilya brings an infusion of imagination, vision and energy to the many shades of America’s original musical art form. Possessing both chops and charisma, his live performances and recordings have attracted a solid following among jazz fans and seasoned musicians alike.
Ilya’s experiences on the jazz scene have recently led him to expand his creative interests in a significant new direction that blends jazz with elements of soul and R&B. In November 2021 he released his third studio album, Just Friends, which features platinum-selling saxophonist Dave Koz and other award-winning artists: keyboardist Greg Manning, saxophonist Alex Hahn, vocalist Matt Cusson and guitarist Kay-Ta Matsuno. The album features 11 songs, and the first three singles on the album are Serov’s original compositions. “Chillin’,” his first original single, was composed and released in 2020 during the isolation and introspection brought on by the global pandemic. “Heat” (featuring Dave Koz) and “Ironic” were both released in 2021. Both tracks received considerable international airplay, and “Heat” made it on the Billboard Top 30 Smooth Jazz Chart. In November 2021, Ilya was nominated as Breakout Artist of the Year by Smooth Jazz Network.
Just Friends also features Serov performing on a new instrument he created in collaboration with the UK’s Andy Taylor, a trumpet maker who specializes in building unique quality instruments. The instrument, which he dubbed the “Jazzohorn,” has a flugelhorn base and the shape of a saxophone, with its own unique sound and nuanced palette.
Serov’s original music has been featured on radio stations across the globe, including on SiriusXM Radio, expanding his fan base to include smooth jazz aficionados worldwide.
Ilya Serov is driven today not only by his desire to preserve jazz as an American treasure, but by his mission to engage and educate new generations of listeners. He continues to focus exclusively on contributing his time and talent to the world of jazz - its past, present and future. For more information, visit www.ilyaserov.com
- Hollywood International Entertainment Awards 2014 - Best New Artist
- Smooth Jazz Network - Breakout Artist of the Year Nominee 2021
- Film composer credit : "Creed 2" - "Drago's Walk Out" theme
- Film recording/production credits: "Addams Family 2" - vocals, "Deadpool 2" - vocals, "Croquembouche" - trumpet
- Live guest artist performances with renown artists: Keiko Matsui, Peter White, Jonathan Butler, Larry Graham, Mindi Abair, David Benoit, Poncho Sanchez, Candy Dulfer, Bebe Winans, Cory Wong and Dave Koz
- Co-created a new one-of-a-kind instrument, called the "Jazzohorn"
- Mallorca Smooth Jazz Festival - Mallorca, Spain
- Berks Jazz Fest - Reading, PA
- Elkhart Jazz Festival - Elkhart, IN
- Dave Koz and Friends at Sea 2022 - Amsterdam, NL
- Spaghettini Jazz Club - Seal Beach, CA
- Daytona Jazz Festival w/Keiko Matsui and Mindi Abair - Daytona, FL
- Herb Alpert's Vibrato Grill Jazz - Beverly Hills, CA
- Newport Beach Jazz Festival w/Johnathan Butler - Newport Beach, CA
- Catalina Jazz Club - Hollywood, CA
- Dave Koz and Friends at Sea - Multiple Destinations
- Thornton Jazz Series - Temecula, CA
- West Coast Jazz Party Festival - Newport Beach, CA
- RCC Henry W. Coil Sr. and Alice Edna Coil School for the Arts Concert Hall w/Riverside Philharmonic - Riverside, CA
- Musco Concert Hall Symphony Christmas Show - Orange, CA
- One World Theater w/Peter White Christmas - Austin, TX
- Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza - Thousand Oaks, CA
- Catalina JazzTrax Festival w/Nicholas Cole - Catalina Island, CA
- Dave Koz and Friends at Sea 2018 - Copenhagen, DK