Mr. Sabbagh played with untroubled self-assurance [...] Mr. Sabbagh avoided direct allusions to the saxophone totems. What he is working toward, simply and effectively, is a sincerely personal vocabulary." (Nate Chinen, New York Times).
Jerome Sabbagh's new album is a trio recording of standards with bassist Ben Street and drummer Rodney Green called One Two Three" (Bee Jazz).
The Jerome Sabbagh Quartet, with guitarist Ben Monder, bassist Joe Martin and drummer Ted Poor, a band which focuses on Jerome's compositions, is still going. Their second album, Pogo" is available on Sunnyside in the USA and on Bee Jazz in Europe. Their debut album North" (Fresh Sound New Talent) was elected best CD of 2005 by the readers of Jazzman in France and included in the top 10 jazz albums of 2005 by the Ottawa Citizen.
David Dorka was born on January 25, 1980 in Prague, Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic). He took up the guitar at the age of ten and from the age of fourteen started performing with leading musicians on the Czech jazz scene. In 1995 he received the Talent of the Year" award from the Czech Jazz Society. While still a teenager he performed of recordings of saxophonist Karel Rika Jr, and bassist Jaromr Honzk. From 1999 until 2002 Dorka lived in Boston, USA, and studied composition and improvisation at Berklee College of Music; his teachers were Joe Lovano, Mick Goodrick, George Garzone, Greg Hopkins and Hal Crook among others. In 2000 Dorka was chosen by Pat Metheny to participate in the Aspen Snowmass Jazz Colony in Colorado, where he attended lessons and masterclasses led by Christian McBride, Joshua Redman, Brian Blade and Herbie Hancock among others. During summer 2002 Dorka took part in a tour with the European Jazz Youth Orchestra led by British pianist and composer Django Bates. After graduating from Berklee, Dorka lived in New York City in 2002 and 2003. At the end of 2003 Dorka moved back to Europe and since then has been leading his own groups in addition to extensive work as a sideman. In 2006 and 2007 Dorka lived in Paris, where he worked with musicians such as Karl Jannuska or Graldine Laurent. Dorka has performed in the USA, Canada, Israel, Morocco and in most European countries (Great Britain, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal, Denmark, Sweden, the Netherlands, Greece, Poland, Ukraine, Slovakia, Hungary). The list of musicians he has worked with includes names such as Jorge Rossy, Chris Cheek, George Mraz, Django Bates, Perico Sambeat, Albert Sanz, Rodney Green, Nils Berg, Jon Flt, Aga Zaryan, Michal Tokaj, Piotr Wylezol, Slawomir Kurkiewicz and Michal Miskiewicz, as well as Iva Bittov, Ida Kelarov, Jaroslav Duek, Martin Zbroek and many others. Dorka's first CD Hidden Paths (with Massimo Biolcati on bass and Kendrick Scott on drums), was recorded in New York City in 2003. His second CD Silently Dawning came out in 2008 and features Josefine Lindstrand (voice), Michal Baranski (bass) and Lukasz Zyta (drums). Most of the music is set to poems by Emily Dickinson, Ji Orten and lyrics by Josefine Lindstrand. Both CDs were awarded the Andl" prize in the Czech music academy awards as CDs of the year in Jazz&Blues category (in 2005 and 2009 respectively). Dorka leads his own trio and quartet and can also be heard regularly as a sideman with saxophonist Cyrille Oswald, bassist Jaromr Honzk and the Polish vocal star Aga Zaryan, to whose repertoire he also contributes. He is also very active as a composer and apart from writing for small ensembles, he has composed big band and orchestra pieces. Dorka dedicates time as well to teaching at the Vy odborn kola at Jaroslav Jeek Conservatory in Prague and appears regularly as a teacher at various workshops.