“Listen to the Heart of Armenia, listen to Datevik” Michel Legrand


Internationally renowned Jazz singer, educator, recording artist, and arranger, Datevik Hovanesian has been called the “First Lady of Jazz” in the Soviet Union.  Datevik has performed in over 30 countries in every medium; concert halls, some of the most prestigious International Jazz Festivals (North Sea, Montreal…..), television and radio. Datevik has been teaching master classes (Manhattan School of Music, The New School…), workshops and private students for over 20 years. Datevik also specializes in ethno-jazz music. Her CD “Listen to My Heart” (Sony/France) produced by the legendary Mr. George Avakian (producer for Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, Keith Jarrett) is a combination of 2 beautiful worlds; Armenian folk and Jazz. Her 6th album “STAGE TO STAGE” a collection of her best live recordings over the years was released recently. She has performed, recorded, and collaborated with giants of jazz such as Frank Wess, Ben Riley, Larry Willis, Paquito D’Rivera… 



Q:For many years you have been performing American Jazz standards, what inspired you to add Armenian ethnic jazz to your repertoire?


A: I was born and raised in Armenia, I am the daughter of the Queen of Armenian folk music Ophelia Hambartsumian, so Armenian folk music was always in my blood. My wish of many years finally came true with the birth of ethnic Jazz which constitutes the interweaving of 2 deeply rooted musical traditions. It is very interesting that this happened after I moved to United States, far away from my country. But I cannot deny the fact that I had prepared for it all my life, it just needed the right time and the right circumstances to bring it to fruition. 

Datevik Hovanesian

(singer, educator, arranger - USA)