(JUNE 3, 1955)
BORN: YEREVAN, ARMENIA
TITLES: "FIRST LADY OF JAZZ" - SOVIET UNION
RELATIVES: OPHELIA HAMBARTSUMIAN, MOTHER
Datevik was born in Yerevan, Armenia into a musically advanced family. Her mother Ophelia Hambartsumian was the Queen of Armenian Folk Music, her father Norair Hovanesian was a professional Kamancha player, and her brother a classical violinist.
She made her first recording at the age of 11 with Harold Arlen’s song, “It’s Only a Paper Moon”. While studying in music in the field of conducting, Datevik toured throughout Europe, the United States, Asia, and Africa.
By 1979, Datevik had earned the title of “The First Lady Of Jazz” in the Soviet Union, which she maintained for nine consecutive years. During that time she recorded her solo albums, “Day Dream”, “Concerto For Voice & Orchestra” and “Doors”.
Datevik moved to the United States, and was introduced to Pierre Sprey, the president of Mapleshade Record Productions in 1990. Pierre Sprey suggested for Datevik to collaborate with pianist Larry Willis and his quartet, which resulted in Datevik’s first CD in United States, “Ballads from the Black Sea” released 1997 by Mapleshade productions.
Datevik later on met American-Armenian pianist and composer Armen Donelian. With Armen demonstrating mastery of Armenian Songs and Datevik being an expert in jazz music, composing and arranging, they began building a bridge of 20th century jazz and Armenian Folk songs through improvisation.