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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Singing the Blues for Russia's Children

The sweet sounds of jazz and blues wafted in the air for one of the expatriate community's largest charities Monday.


American blues and jazz singer Tim Strong performed with music partner and renowned Russian saxophonist Igor Butman at the Mirage nightclub to benefit the charity Action for Russia's Children. More than 300 guests turned out for the soldout, $50-a-ticket event.


"It's brilliant to be here," boomed Strong, who said "only an event such as this" would prompt him to cut short a recording session to fly into Moscow over the weekend so he could perform.


While Strong sang and Butman and the band played the blues, guests danced to a repertoire of songs by various well known jazz and blues singers.


"It was a terrific success; we made more money than we thought," said ARC fundraising officer Carol Cockburn, adding that more than $16,000 was raised at the event.


Strong, who has also performed in nightclubs in New Zealand and New York City, has played with his Russian band in nightclubs and concert halls in cities throughout Russia, including Novosibirsk, Ekaterinburg and St. Petersburg.


Currently, he is recording a compact disc with Butman, called "Dear Earth," which will be released later this year. Butman, well known in Russia as a top saxophonist, teamed up with Strong last year in Moscow.


According to ARC public relations officer Emily Glentworth, proceeds from Monday's event will go to support ARC's numerous charity projects in the community, including programs to feed the homeless at the Kazansky train station, to support a telephone hotline for battered and abused women, and to assist the work of AIDS Infoshare, a Moscow-based AIDS resource center.