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From the very beginning became interested in improvisation, popular and country music, which led to his natural purpose - jazz. Already in the music   school   began playing jazz at the piano in ensembles at holiday parties. At that time, in the Soviet Union there was no education in the field of jazz, and pupils playing with one another, often in the breaks between  lessons , also  learned as one another. The first notes for his jazz repertoire Nachum took to copying from your neighbor, restaurant pianist, which gradually began to replace some of his restaurant.

 

History of jazz in the Soviet Union is quite different from its history in the West. All the information soviet musicians fell through radio stations such as “Voice of America ” , " Liberty”," Radio Nord” , "Freheitsende  904", etc ; in the form of music programs that were recorded on tape. These records are in fact became the first jazz education for Nachum.

In Riga , has created a " jazz clique", which became part and Nachum Pereferkovich - while as the only pianist.

A year before his military service Nahum began independently to learn to play the clarinet- no  saxophone ,  because in  Soviet Union in that times a saxophone cost   like 13 monthly salaries of the engineer - who was his father. Clarinet Nachum played - and played so far - only New Orleans style.

After returning from the  military  service   in 1968, Nahum came to continue his studies at the Academy on viola, and parallel joined as a pianist, one of the leading Latvian jazz quartets.
.With  this ensemble Nachum Pereferkovich performed at major jazz festivals in the Soviet Union  - until he left to Israel .

In 1970 he became acquainted with the melodica when  heard Jack  DeJohnette  play on it; and made for first time  in the USSR some  jazz recordings in the USSR on this instrument.

 After arriving to Israel, Nahum immediately began working in the Jerusalem symphony orchestra of Radio and TV, and joined in parallel to the leading Israel  fusion group  The Platina, which is headed by the outstanding saxophonist and composer, also former soviet musician  Roman Kunsman. As part of Platina Nachum   in 1974 participated in the Newport  Jazz Festival  in 1974  .
Already in 1973, Nahum was the first test performances with great blues  artists Memphis Slim.

 This was the first in a series of big name jazz artists with whom Nahum Pereferkovich spoke for all his stay in Israel:  D .D.  Bridgewater, Chico Freeman  , Arnie Lawrence, Dewey Redman , Delphio  Marsalis, Dave Liebman, Billy Hart, Buster Williams, Herbie Pomeroy, Randy Brecker, Steve Grossman, Joe Lovano , Eddy Daniels

Nahum  Pereferkovich performs  regularly at leading jazz festivals in Israel.




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