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Oran Etkin grew up playing jazz and began studying with George Garzone at age 14. He studied classical clarinet as an undergraduate and received a Masters in Jazz Performance at the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with Dave Liebman and Dave Krakauer among others. His unique voice on the clarinets and saxophone has contributed to numerous Jazz, African, Klezmer, Brazilian, traditional New Orleans and Classical groups in the US and abroad. On Oran's upcoming CD on Motema Music, he is joined by Malian Griot musicians such as Balla and Meckane Kouyate and Abdoulaye Diabate as well as grammy award winning artists Lionel Loueke and John Benitez

What's New? Reimagining Benny Goodman

Label: Motéma Music
Released: 2015
Track listing: Prelude; Dinah; Why Don't You Do Right; Running Wild; When Every Voice Shall Sing; What's New; Brink; King Porter Stomp; After You've Gone; Be Good Lady; Where Or When; Sing, Sing, Sing.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Sullivan Fortner: Aria

Read "Aria" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

New Orleans has produced a bumper crop of notable pianists over its long and storied history--Jelly Roll Morton, Fats Domino, Professor Longhair, Allen Toussaint, James Booker, Dr. John, Ellis Marsalis, Henry Butler, Harry Connick Jr., Jon Batiste--and it's not done yet. Sullivan Fortner, a twenty-eight year old piano phenom who's been a hot topic since receiving ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Oran Etkin: What's New? Reimagining Benny Goodman

Read "What's New?  Reimagining Benny Goodman" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Those looking to preview some of the most interesting jazz offerings due to arrive in any given year know that New York's Winter Jazzfest is the place to do it. For more than a decade, this annual January happening has had its finger on the pulse of the jazz world, giving the press, the fans, and ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Jazz and Joy Festival 2015

Read "Jazz and Joy Festival 2015" reviewed by Adriana Carcu

Jazz and Joy Festival 2015 Worms, Germany June 19-21, 2015 The Jazz and Joy Festival, located in the German town of Worms, celebrated its 25th anniversary. Not far from Frankfurt on Main, Worms carries an illustrious historical heritage, as the site of the Middle Age Nibelung Legend, which was later masterfully rendered ...

Gathering Light

Label: Motéma Music
Released: 2014
Track listing: Gambang Suling; Taxi Dance; Shirim Ad Kan; Gratitude; Takeda (Homesick Blues); All I Really Want To Do Is Dance; Scattering Light; Tony's Dance; Der Gasn Nign (Street Song); Distant Sounds Of Change; Guangzhou Taxi; When It's Sleepy Time Down South.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Oran Etkin: Gathering Light

Read "Gathering Light" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

Due compagni di viaggio d'eccezione come Nasheet Waits e Ben Allison, due ospiti (in realtà membri più che attivi del quintetto) altrettanto prestigiosi come il “Jazz Passanger" Curtis Fowlkes e il chitarrista Lionel Loueke, ed ecco che il clarinettista, sassofonista, compositore, didatta di origine israeliana Oran Etkin scodella un secondo lavoro da leader di tutto rispetto. ...

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Newport Festivals Foundation Kids Concert: Bari Koral + Oran Etkin’s Timbalooloo

Newport Festivals Foundation Continues Tradition of Bringing Great Music to Generations of Fans at Second Annual Family Concert Wednesday, July 30, 6:00 pm, at Fort Adams State Park FREE TO THE PUBLIC NEWPORT, RI – If you ask the Newport Jazz Festival and Newport Folk Festival staff what they like about the festivals, no doubt each ...

Jazz Quanta May

Read "Jazz Quanta May" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Oran Etkin Gathering Light Motema 2014 Multi-reedist Oran Etkin gathers his scattered points of inspiration from the whole of the Eastern Hemisphere and a good bit of the Western one. Etkin's main horn is the bass clarinet...not completely unheard of, Eric Dolphy played a mean one, but one ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Oran Etkin: Gathering Light

Read "Gathering Light" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Multi-reedist Oran Etkin's first album--Kelenia (Motema Music, 2009)--fused Malian sounds and Jewish music with jazz. Its follow-up--Wake Up, Clarinet! (1-2-3-4 Go, 2010)--was geared toward kids. Now, for round three, Etkin has cast his net over a huge portion of the globe, pulling together, arranging, and morphing musical ideals he's encountered while touring through Asia, Israel, and ...


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