Uralskiy Dixieland is considered to be one of the best traditional jazz bands in Russia. The members of the band are masters not only of dixieland jazz but also a variety of modern jazz genres from mainstream and bebop to jazz rock and smooth jazz. However, trad jazz remains to be the heart of Uralskiy Dixieland’s repertory.
Uralskiy Dixieland was formed in Chelyabinsk in 1969 under the aegis of the regional Philharmonic under the leadership of jazz musician and trumpeter Igor Bourco. Over the years, the band has performed throughout Russia, former USSR, and most European countries. Uralskiy Dixieland is the winner of the All-Union Contest of Variety Artists (Moscow, 1979) and international jazz festivals in Tbilisi (1978), Moscow (1984), Baku (1985), etc.
In 1984, after their performance in the German Democratic Republic, Uralskiy Dixieland entered the international arena and was well received by the audience. The band took part in an international TV music program in Potsdam — Rund — and was the participant of the International Dixieland Festival in Dresden. The band was highly acclaimed by GDR magazine: “Following the brilliant success of Leningrad Dixieland in 1979, 1980, and 1985, another jazz band from the Soviet Union — Uralskiy Dixieland from Chelyabinsk — became a major crowd-puller at the XVI International Dixieland Festival in Dresden.” In 1986, an LP with select records of the performances at the XV and XVI International Dixieland Festivals in Dresden was released in the German Democratic Republic. Along with the bands from Scotland, Switzerland, the GDR, Czechoslovakia, Sweden, Italy, Yugoslavia, and Denmark, the LP included two Soviet bands — Leningrad Dixieland and Uralskiy Dixieland.