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Dan Aran

Dan Aran established himself as an in demand side man in the New York Jazz scene shortly upon arrival to the US in 2001. Aran started his musical journey in his hometown of Jerusalem, fascinated with the dumbek and drum set Dan got his first drums at 11 and a year later enrolled at the Rubin Academy of Music high school. Dan graduated from the school at seventeen and was already a busy drummer in the Israeli music scene, playing with a number of different groups including performing with bassist Avishai Cohen, the Amos Hoffman group, Omer Avital and with Mr. Arnie Lawrence's groups. He has performed at most of the major venues in Israel including the Jerusalem Theater, the Camelot and the International Red Sea Jazz Festival. Dan continued his education by enrolling at the New School University, located in New York City. He graduated in 2004 earning a BFA in performance and is now an active player on the New York City scene, He has played in major venues in the U.S, Europe and the Middle East and is active in both the jazz scene and in the world music scene. In addition to working with artists such as, Harry Whitaker, Junior Mance, Natalie Merchant, Stacey Kent, Art Hirahara, Ray Gallon, Dave Glasser Quartet, pharaoh's daughter, Nick Hempton, Omer Avital, Eti Ankri, John Di Martino, Alon Yavnai, Ron Affif, and many others, Dan leads his own quintet and is establishing himself as a writer and bandleader.

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A Conversation with Itai Kriss

Read "A Conversation with Itai Kriss" reviewed by Lorens Chuno

Itai Kriss's new album, Telavana, beautifully combines latin and middle eastern rhythms and melodies in the most uncontrived way possible, highlighting the excellent musicianship of all the players involved. Telavana features Itai Kriss on flute, Michael Rodriguez on trumpet, Cesar Orozco on piano, Or Bareket on bass, Marcos Lopez on percussion, Dan Aran ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Nick Hempton: Catch and Release

Read "Catch and Release" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Veteran New York saxophonist Nick Hempton lets loose with the stellar Catch and Release, a special project that has been a year-long journey and an experiment of sorts, in recording and releasing music. The album contains eight original Hempton compositions except that each tune was recorded and released separately for purchase on-line on the internet for, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Nick Hempton: Catch And Release

Read "Catch And Release" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

When it come to music release methods, there's nothing more stubborn or persistent than the single. Music has fallen in and out of love with so many different formats over the years, but the one-song-at-a-time method of digestion has weathered every shift, spat, and alteration that life and technology have thrown at it. In fact, it's ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Nick Hempton: Odd Man Out

Read "Odd Man Out" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

So, just who is the Odd Man Out? It's not exactly one of the great enigmas of modern times, but it's something to ponder. Not for too long, though, for time will be much better spent enjoying the music. Odd Man Out is the third album from saxophonist Nick Hempton and his band and it represents ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Hetty Kate: Kissing Bug

Read "Kissing Bug" reviewed by Edward Blanco

British-born, Australian-based vocalist Hetty Kate leads three bands in Melbourne, recording several albums of western swing and lounge-style music. Kissing Bug is her first foray into jazz, showcasing standards from some of her favorite composers, like Cole Porter, Harold Arlen, Johnny Richards and Billy Strayhorn. With only five tracks, the effort qualifies as an EP, serving ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Nick Hempton: The Way It Is

Read "Nick Hempton: The Way It Is" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

The Business (Positone, 2011) is a milestone in the career of Nick Hempton. Since arriving in the USA from his native Australia in 2004, the 35-year-old saxophonist, composer, and bandleader has slowly but surely worked his way up the ladder of the notoriously competitive New York City jazz scene. Hempton's second date as a leader is ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Nick Hempton: The Business

Read "The Business" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

On his self-produced debut, Nick Hempton Band (2009), saxophonist Nick Hempton showed a deft sense of humor through his liner notes. No witticisms mark the release of The Business, but another factor that was evident on the first manifests itself all over again: Hempton is a saxophonist of class.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Nick Hempton: The Business

Read "The Business" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Saxophonist Nick Hempton's decision to call his second album The Business might be a comment on the commercial nature of jazz, or it might be a rather hubristic statement about the nature of his own music. Big, fat grooves, a real sense of swing, strong melodies and even stronger rhythms suggest that Hempton is right to ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Nick Hempton: The Business

Read "The Business" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The workaday details of the business world don't really relate to jazz very much. Boring meetings, piles of paperwork, and endless conference calls have little to do with the in-the-moment magic that surrounds this music, but that doesn't mean that jazz musicians don't know how to get down to business when the tape is rolling.


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