Vagif Mustafa-Zadeh (16.03.1940-16.12.1979)
"Vagif was a Great Genie but I think he was born before his time. Vagif's Music is from another planet... It's the Music from the Future." D.Gillespie
"Mr. Zadeh an extraordinary pianist. It is impossible to identity his equal. He is most lyrical pianist I have ever known". Willis Conover,VOA
"Vagif Mustafa-Zadeh is one of the finest pianists in the world". David Baker IAJE
Vagif Mustafa-Zadeh - jazz pianist-composer, is among those rare musicians who could compose and perform in any manner. Vagif attracts listeners by his originality, superb technique and harmonies all his own. Besides writing a number of his own jazz compositions and arrangements, Maestro composed Concert for Piano & Orchestra being a great success. At the International Jazz Compositions Competition in Monaco 1978 Vagif won First Prize for the piece "Expecting Aziza".
Vagif Mustafa-Zadeh was art director of jazz-trio "Kaukas", "Leyli", "Sevil", "Mugam" jazz ensemble. He died on stage, just after he'd played his favorite piece, the Gershwin tune "The Man I Love".