Internationally acclaimed jazz saxophonist and composer, Eli Degibri. 5-STAR review from Downbeat for latest album, Cliff Hangin'!
Born in Israel in 1978 Eli’s musical career began at the age of 7 when he started playing the mandolin. At the
age of 10, Eli picked up the alto saxophone and switched to tenor sax at the age of 15. Eli attended the
Thelma Yellin a performing arts high school. At age 16, the Berklee School of Music conducted the World
Tour Audition in Israel and Eli was offered a scholarship to attend the Berklee Summer Music Program in
Boston that same year. He won the WTA at age 17 and spent another summer at Berklee. Following his
consecutive WTA wins, Eli was offered a full scholarship to attend Berklee which he started in 1997 at the
age of 18.
After a few months at Berklee, Eli was encouraged to audition to the Thelonious Monk Jazz Institute (held at
the New England Conservatory in Boston). He was among six other musicians who were invited to attend the
Institute’s two-year college program “for a select group of the world's most gifted musicians”. During his
studies with the Monk Institute he was privileged to study with the world’s most talented jazz musicians. He
also toured with the group in 1998 representing the US in the “Summit of the Americas”.
In 1999, Eli graduated the Monk Institute with Honors and was signed by Herbie Hencock to tour with The
Herbie Hancock Sextet for two and a half years. Following his tour in the USA, Europe, Japan and South
America Eli formed his own quintet and began performing extensively worldwide working with great sidemen
Aaron Goldberg, Ben Street, Kurt Ruzinwinkel, Jeff Ballard and others.
Mr. Degibri regularly performs and tours with legendary drummer Al Foster, and also played with the Mingus
Big Band, the Eric Reed Quintet, and Brazilian drummer Paolo Braga and performed as a guest artist with the
Ron Carter Quartet.
Eli is fortunate to have studied with distinguished artists Herbie Hencock, Ron Carter, Clark Terry, Eric Reed,
Dave Holland, Jim Heath, Barry Harris, Benny Golson and he also studied composition with the great Bob
Eli’s first CD “In The Beginning” debut under the Fresh Sounds label in 2003 to critical acclaim. His second CD
“One Little Song”, a duo with Kevin Hays, was self published early in 2006. His third CD, “Emotionally
Available” was released in Summer 2006 under the Fresh Sounds label.