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Eli Degibri

Born and raised in Israel, saxophonist Eli Degibri first began playing the mandolin at age 7 in an after school music program at the Jaffa Conservatory of Music. Three years later, after attending a jazz concert, he became enamored with the saxophone and switched his studies to that instrument. At 16, Degibri has already worked professionally with some of the major names in the Israeli music scene establishing himself as one of the leading musicians in Israel. That same year (1994) Degibri was selected to receive a full scholarship to attend the Berklee College of Music’s Summer Performance Program

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2019: The Year in Jazz

Read "2019: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling

The year 2019 was robust in many ways. International Jazz Day brought its biggest stage to Australia. An important but long-shuttered jazz mecca was revived in a coast-to-coast move. ECM Records celebrated a golden year. The music and its makers figured prominently on the big screen. The National Endowment for the Arts welcomed four new NEA ...

ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

John Beasley: Master of All Trades

Read "John Beasley: Master of All Trades" reviewed by Jim Worsley

In today's busy world, sometimes you just can't do it all. Apparently, John Beasley never received that memo. The pianist, composer, arranger, producer, music director, and film and TV composer is in high demand, and has an enormity of projects that would seem to belie the twenty-four hour day reality. It is perhaps the variance in ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Ambrose Akinmusire, Dairo Miyamoto and Other Great New Releases

Read "Ambrose Akinmusire, Dairo Miyamoto and Other Great New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

This week we'll go through a heap of outstanding new releases, ranging from tributes to seminal albums like Soul Station by Eli Degibri and the Far East Suite by Pierre Bertrand, to new releases by master pianists like Keith Jarrett, Brad Mehldau (in an unreleased duo with Charlie Haden!), Aaron Parks and Simone Graziano. Seasond avant-veterans ...

NEWS: EVENT

First Michael Brecker Saxophone Competition Announced

First Michael Brecker Saxophone Competition Announced

Internationally acclaimed saxophonist, Eli Degibri, announced his intention to establish The Michael Brecker Saxophone Competition last month at the Nearness of You Concert, a biennial event held at Lincoln Center to raise money for cancer research in honor of the late Michael Brecker. In front of an audience consisting of President Bill Clinton and Secretary Hillary ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Eli Degibri Preps You For The Red Sea Jazz Festival

Eli Degibri Preps You For The Red Sea Jazz Festival

My first memory of the jazz festival in Eilat was when I was around 15 years old, about a year before I was allowed to head down south by myself. I had to imagine what it would really be like there while listening to live broadcasts religiously on Kol Israel Radio. To this day I still ...

NEWS: EVENT

Internationally Acclaimed Israeli Saxophonist Eli Degibri To Perform At The White House

Internationally Acclaimed Israeli Saxophonist Eli Degibri To Perform At The White House

Internationally acclaimed Israeli jazz saxophonist, composer and bandleader, Eli Degbiri, will be performing at the 2016 International Jazz Day Global Concert, hosted by President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at The White House. The concert will be broadcast nationally on ABC on April 30th—International Jazz Day—and streamed across the globe by the United Nations and ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Nice Jazz Festival 2014

Read "Nice Jazz Festival 2014" reviewed by Emilio Palanti

Nizza--Francia 8-12.07.2014 Quest'anno, guardando il cartellone del Festival Jazz di Nizza, a prima vista si lamentava l'assenza di vere e proprie superstar, com'era accaduto nelle edizioni precedenti, ma a rassegna finita possiamo dire che non son mancate le piacevoli sorprese. Sia ben chiaro, molti nomi di prima grandezza erano presenti, ma forse ...

ARTICLE: TAKE FIVE WITH...

Take Five With David Tughan

Read "Take Five With David Tughan" reviewed by David Tughan

Meet David Tughan: I was born and raised in Northern Ireland. My passion for jazz began at 13 when I encountered the Count Basie Orchestra while vacationing in Florida. Inspired by the swinging energy and joyful sounds of the big band, I began listening to many instrumentalists like Oscar Peterson, Stan Getz, Stephane Grappelli, and ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Plus Loin To Release Saxophonist-Composer Eli Degibri's New Recording, "Twelve"

Plus Loin To Release Saxophonist-Composer Eli Degibri's New Recording, "Twelve"

To be released in the U.S. on January 28, 2014, Twelve is Degibri's sixth album as a leader, and the first featuring his remarkable new quartet “Most Saxophonists from the young generation have great technique, better than saxophonists from my generation, but they can't tell a story. Eli knows how to tell a story, there's a ...


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