Dmitry Baevsky, a formidable altoist from the New York jazz scene, was born in St. Petersburg, Russia. His dark, warm tone, superior technique, harmonic sophistication, hard-driving and tasteful playing make him one of the most exciting saxophonists out there.
Baevsky started piano lessons at six. Although Dmitry was not surrounded by professional musicans, his family was closely connected to music. His great grand-father, Moisei Beregovsky, was one of the most famous and respected Jewish ethnomusicologists who spent his life gathering melodies and words of Yiddish folk songs, as well as Eastern European Jewish dance melodies (klezmer music). In 1991, he entered the Mussorgsky College of Music in St-Petersburg and studied with the brilliant Russian jazz saxophonist Gennady Goldstein. Throughout the nineties, he appeared in many jazz venues and international festivals throughout Russia.
Upon his arrival in New York at age 19, he was accepted into the Jazz Department at the New School University on a full scholarship. After finishing college, Baevsky remained busy working within the New York jazz community and has performed and/or recorded with musicians such as Benny Green, Peter Washington, Willie Jones III, David Hazeltine, "Killer" Ray Appleton, Peter Bernstein, Cedar Walton, Dennis Irwin, Jeremy Pelt, Steve Williams, Joe Magnarelli, Ryan Kisor...
In 2005, he released his first CD as a leader “Introducing Dmitry Baevsky” (Lineage Records). The album features such masters as Cedar Walton and Jimmy Cobb.… In 2009, he recorded “Some Other Spring” (Rideau Rouge / Harmonia Mundi) while on tour in Europe with great guitarist Joe Cohn. In September 2010, the label Sharp Nine Records released “Down With It”, an album featuring trumpet player Jeremy Pelt as well as Jeb Patton (p), David Wong (b) and Jason Brown (dr). The recording stayed more than four months in the Jazzweek charts (a weekly report of the top fifty Jazz recordings played on radio stations across the United States and Canada). His second release on Sharp Nine Records, called “The Composers”, came out in 2012 and features David Hazeltine on piano, John Webber on bass, Jason Brown on drums and the great guitarist Peter Bernstein on three tracks.
In the past years, Baevsky has toured extensively throughout the world and his current band features a crack rhythm section of Jeb Patton (p), David Wong (b) and Joe Strasser (dr).
In recent years Dmitry has appeared in various venues throughout the world, among which are: Rochester International Jazz Festival (USA), Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola in New York, Ystad Jazz Festival (Sweden), Duc des Lombards and Sunside Jazzclub (Paris), Punta Del Este Jazz Festival (Uruguay), Jazz Showcase (Chicago, USA), Marciac Jazz Festival (France), Jamboree Jazz Club (Spain), Brno Jazz Festival (Czech Republic), Smoke Jazz Club (NYC), Gouvy Jazz Festival (Belgium), Istanbul Jazz Festival (Turkey) and others.