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Since October 1995, The Omer Avital Group has quickly become one of New York's most acclaimed jazz bands. The New York Times said of the group: "Expressive, powerful and well-informed, the sextet doesn't have a weak link". Avital was born in the small Israeli town of Givataim to parents of Moroccan and Yemenite descent. His formal training began at age 11, when he entered the Givataim Conservatory to study classical guitar. It was upon entering Talma Yalin, Israel's leading High School for the Arts, that Avital's interest switched towards jazz. He switched his focus to the acoustic bass, and soon became the leader of the school's jazz ensemble for which he wrote all the arrangements

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2020 Winter JazzFest Marathons: A Survival Guide

Read "2020 Winter JazzFest Marathons: A Survival Guide" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Believe it or not, it is that time of the year again! The holidaze are barely over and a new edition of Winter JazzFest is upon us. Knowing a jazz marathon is the perfect antidote to the holiday shopping and social marathons, producer Brice Rosenbloom and his cohorts have put together a program of gargantuan proportions. ...

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Johnathan Blake: Trion

Read "Trion" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

A journeyman drummer with over fifty album credits, Johnathan Blake has long associations with Tom Harrell and Kenny Barron and has appeared with Oliver Lake, Roy Hargrove, Alex Sipiagin, Donny McCaslin, Avishai Cohen, Omer Avital and many other well-known artists. His previous outings as leader were The Eleventh Hour (Sunnyside, 2012) and Gone, But Not Forgotten ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Daniel Freedman, Omer Avital & Peter Bernstein: The Essence of NYC's Jazz

Read "Daniel Freedman, Omer Avital & Peter Bernstein: The Essence of NYC's Jazz" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

The Daniel Freedman's Trio featuring Omer Avital and Peter Bernstein embodies all that is great about jazz in New York: the connection to a rich history and the desire not to be bound by it, transcending rigid stylistic categories while drawing inspiration from the many cultural traditions that make this city so vibrant. ...

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Thailand International Jazz Conference 2019: World-Class Jazz Artists Join The Stage Of The TIJC!

Thailand International Jazz Conference  2019:  World-Class Jazz Artists Join The Stage Of The TIJC!

The College of Music, Mahidol University, host of the event, brings together the selection of the world-class jazz artists from America and Europe, the region recognized as producing the world's best jazz artists of today. Together with the renowned Thai artists that will give you the ultimate joy in TIJC 2019, the 11th Thailand International Jazz ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Yonathan Avishai: Joys and Solitudes

Read "Joys and Solitudes" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Dopo due dischi pubblicati con altre etichette, Yonathan Avishai entra nella scuderia Ecm riproponendo il trio di Modern Times, con cui aveva debuttato nel 2015. Nato a Tel Aviv nel 1977, da madre francese e padre israeliano, il pianista è in Francia dal 2001. Per un decennio ha vissuto a Bordeaux, dove ha studiato ...

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Blue Note 50th Anniversaries: December 1968 & More

Read "Blue Note 50th Anniversaries: December 1968 & More" reviewed by Marc Cohn

Alrighty then. It's the first week of a new month. Our regulars know it's time for Blue Note 50th anniversary salutes. We've got three for you from Duke Pearson and the big band, Detroit pianist Kenny Cox, and Jack Wilson. Continuing a series we started at few months ago, we have BN-4, two sides of a ...

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Jazz Sur Son 31 2018

Read "Jazz Sur Son 31 2018" reviewed by Luke Seabright

October 5th marked the start of the 2018 edition of Jazz Sur Son 31 in jny:Toulouse and its neighbouring towns. If jazz is part of Toulouse's DNA, a good reminder of this comes from the legacy of one the city's most popular artists, the singer Claude Nougaro who immortalised his hometown in the ballad “O Toulouse." ...

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Frank van Berkel: New Programmer at Amsterdam's Bimhuis is Committed to Serve and to Curate

Read "Frank van Berkel: New Programmer at Amsterdam's Bimhuis is Committed to Serve and to Curate" reviewed by Joan Gannij

Frank van Berkel, the new Programmer at the Bimhuis, Amsterdam's premier jazz club, is no stranger to the music world. He started out as a musician, double bass/bass guitar, and played many venues back in the '80s and '90s, including Amsterdam's rock palace Paradiso and the Bimhuis, with different bands, that included Nine Tobs, Remo Tobs, ...


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