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Yoron Israel

Yoron Israel’s is one of the most sought out musicians of his generation. His latest recording “New Dreams” featuring his group “Trio Plus” continues to receive rave reviews. He has produced other fine works such as “This Moment,” “Visions – The Music of Stevie Wonder,” “Basic Training – Celebrating John Coltrane,” and “A Gift For You,” among others. All feature Yoron’s prolific drumming style, along with his refined compositions, and arrangements. As Jack Dejohnette quotes,“Yoron Israel is a drummer who has excellent taste. He has a sense of direction and a feeling of joy in his drumming, compositions, and arrangements. Yoron Israel is an important voice you should listen to.”

In addition to leading such dynamics bands as “Trio Plus,” High Standards,” “Organic,” and “Connection,” Yoron Israel has been featured on over 300 recordings as an accompanist, and has toured nationally and internationally with some of the most prolific artists in history, including Sonny Rollins, Horace Silver, Abbey Lincoln, Tony Bennett, Ahmad Jamal, Art Farmer, Kenny Burrell, Jim Hall, Larry Coryell, Jimmy Heath, Pharaoh Sanders, David “Fathead” Newman, Joe Lovano, Tom Harrell, Roy Hargrove, James Williams among countless others representing a wide variety of musical genres. He has also worked in theatre, television, in addition to performing in orchestral, chamber and big band settings.

His Boston-based quartet “High Standards”,  is featured on both of Yoron’s most recent projects, “This Moment” and “Visions”. The quartet currently features; Laszlo Gardony – piano/keyboard, Lance Bryant – tenor & soprano saxophones, and Henry Lugo – bass, along with special guests Larry Roland – spoken word and Thaddeus Hogarth – harmonica and guitar. This core foursome represents a depth of virtuosity and musical cohesiveness that is infectious. This ensemble is committed to forging ahead “new standards” for the 21st century and beyond, while adding a personalized perspective to familiar performance, compositional, and arrangement references, by which future generations of listeners and musicians will be inspired by.

“Basic Traneing”, reached number three on the National Jazz chart in 2004. It features his organ trio “Organic” with organist Kyle Koehler, guitarist Ed Cherry, along with special guests Jay Hoggard (vibraphone/ marimba) and Billy Pierce (tenor and soprano saxophone). Yoron’s “Organic”, performs original compositions and works associated with the soulful musical legacies of Jimmy Smith, Jack McDuff, Jimmy McGriff, Charles Earland and Dr. Lonnie Smith while highlighting the versatility and virtuosity of the trio.

The recording “Chicago”, released in 2000 on the Double Time label, features saxophonist Joe Lovano, organist Larry Goldings, and guitarist Marvin Sewell. Yoron pays tribute to his birthplace by performing original works and compositions by other influential Chicago natives such as Johnny Griffin, Maurice White, Jack Dejohnette, Clifford Jordan, Donny Hathaway, and Julian Priester.

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Album Review

Christian Artmann: The Middle of Life

Read "The Middle of Life" reviewed by Troy Dostert

As he continues to do his part in maintaining the relevance of the flute in contemporary jazz, Christian Artmann also provides plenty of food for thought in his wide-ranging, thoughtfully constructed compositions. There is a contemplative dimension to his vision, evident on Our Story (Sunnyside, 2018), which explored the interdependency of human relationships through the lens of his Buddhist faith; and it is also present on his latest release, which involves taking stock of this moment in the planet's fragile ...

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Laszlo Gardony: Close Connection

Read "Close Connection" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The close connection between pianist Laszlo Gardony, bassist John Lockwood and drummer Yoron Israel is clear and present in the music they produce together. With more than two decades of shared experiences on the bandstand and a fair number of very fine albums to boot, this crew thinks, breathes and moves as one. For this, their latest go-round following Life in Real Time (Sunnyside, 2015), and Gardony's post-pandemic return to studio recording, they split focus between originals from the leader's ...

Liner Notes

Yoron Israel: Visions – Tribute to Stevie Wonder

Read "Yoron Israel: Visions – Tribute to Stevie Wonder" reviewed by Howard Mandel

One of the enlightening insights drummer and bandleader Yoron Israel brings to Visions, The Music of Stevie Wonder is that Wonder's hits are true jazz compositions, with inherent swing and groove. Not only have the easy-to-love melodies of Stevland Hardaway Morris (b. May 13, 1950) become staples of the modern American soundtrack, they naturally trigger our most fundamentally human physical response: the graceful, unified movement of body and soul. The rhythmic impulse Yoron Israel and each member of ...

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Yoron Israel: Connection: Live at the Blue Note

Read "Connection: Live at the Blue Note" reviewed by Bud Callahan

Yoron Israel should be no stranger to Jazz fans. He is an active jazz educator on the faculty at Rutgers for the past seven years, and has often been a featured artist in residence at the Vermont Jazz Center Summer Workshops. His latest CD with his sextet, Connection, is a live recording from the Blue Note in March, 1998. Connection has been together for several years and this unity supports Israel in the doubly difficult task of drummer and bandleader. ...

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Performance / Tour

The Laszlo Gardony Trio With John Lockwood & Yoron Israel At Mezzrow On May 16 - One Night Only!

The Laszlo Gardony Trio With John Lockwood & Yoron Israel At Mezzrow On May 16 - One Night Only!

Source: Scott Thompson Public Relations

The Laszlo Gardony Trio with John Lockwood & Yoron Israel at Mezzrow on May 16! One Night Only! Mezzrow 163 W. 10th St. New York, NY 10014 646-476-4346 Laszlo Gardony: piano / composer John Lockwood: bass Yoron Israel: drums Internationally acclaimed jny: Boston-based jazz pianist and composer Laszlo Gardony is one of the most expressive and technically skilled pianists working in jazz today." A formidable improviser who lives in the moment" (JazzTimes), ...



Ken Berman Releases "In Mind" Featuring Yoron Israel, John Lockwood and Bob Gullotti

Ken Berman Releases "In Mind" Featuring Yoron Israel, John Lockwood and Bob Gullotti

Source: All About Jazz

In Mind, Ken Berman's new release (mmgmusic), features ten inspired original tracks showcasing his genius as a pianist and composer, leading a combo that includes the great John Lockwood on bass and legendary drummers Yoron Israel and Bob Gullotti. In December 2005, the French newspaper Le Monde praised Ken Berman, a sensation in Paris, as “precise and inventive," and the “talk of the town in the clubs of the European capital of jazz," and hailed Ken as a “fluid and ...




Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

The Middle of Life

Sunnyside Records


Close Connection

Sunnyside Records


New Dreams

Self Produced


Visions – Tribute...

Self Produced


Basic Traneing

Unknown label


Connection: Live at...

Half Note Records



From: Close Connection
By Yoron Israel


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