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Roy Assaf

At the age of 23, after graduating from the Berklee College of Music, Israeli jazz pianist Roy Assaf moved to New York City to pursue his dream. Just a few months passed before he met legendary bassist and producer John Lee; soon Roy found himself touring around the world and playing the most prestigious festivals, clubs, and concert halls with the Dizzy Gillespie All Stars, a band that included James Moody, Jimmy Heath, Paquito D’Rivera, Roy Hargrove, Lewis Nash, Randy Brecker, Antonio Hart, and other jazz masters. Before long, Roy was getting calls from some of the world’s most influential contemporary jazz bands: Slide Hampton Sextet, The Mingus Big Band, Steve Turre’s bands, Roberta Gambarini Quartet, David Sanborn Group, Claudio Roditi Quartet, and many others. While completing his master’s degree at the Manhattan School of Music, Roy established his reputation as one of the most sought-after young pianists in the New York jazz scene

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Drummer/Composer Juan Carlos Polo CD Release Concert at Smoke Jazz Club on February 1

Drummer/Composer Juan Carlos Polo CD Release Concert at  Smoke Jazz Club on February 1

Official CD release concert will be held on February 1st at Smoke Jazz Club Insomnio was recorded and produced in NYC with New York-based musicians under the record label One Trick Dog Records. Drummer and composer Juan Carlos Polo will present his debut album Insomnio on February 1st at the world-renowned Smoke Jazz Club. With Insomnio, ...

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Pianisti a confronto al Ritmo delle Città

Read "Pianisti a confronto al Ritmo delle Città" reviewed by Paolo Peviani

Ritmo delle Città Orto Botanico Milano 07-09.07.2015 Nella prima decade di luglio la rassegna milanese Il Ritmo delle Città ha messo al centro della propria programmazione il pianoforte. Tre le formazioni coinvolte, ciascuna a suo modo paradigmatica di un certo modo di intendere il jazz. C'era il virtuosismo sfrenato ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Michael Oien: And Now

Read "And Now" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

And now, the arrival of And Now--the debut leader date from bassist Michael Oien. Oien, who's worked with everybody from saxophonist Uri Gurvich to guitarist Nir Felder to pianist Roy Assaf, is primed to make a strong statement here. He's done his homework and he's shown himself to be a musical pillar of ...

Take Five With Michael Oien

Read "Take Five With Michael Oien" reviewed by Michael Oien

Meet Michael Oien: Ever since he graduated from Berklee in 2004, bassist Michael Oien has been an important part of the New York jazz scene, appearing on a countless number of dates as a sideman. Recently he recorded his debut as a leader, the consistently creative And Now for Fresh Sound's New Talent label. “This ...

Second Row Behind The Painter

Label: One Trick Dog Records
Released: 2014
Track listing: Second Row Behind The Painter; Babel; Never Will I Marry; It's A Dance; Interlude #1; I Got It Bad; Interlude #2; Interlude #3; Con Grew; Folk-Lore; Kvar Acharei Chatzot; Budva.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Roy Assaf Trio: Second Row Behind The Painter

Read "Second Row Behind The Painter" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Pianist Roy Assaf decided to try a different studio tactic when he set out to make this record. Instead of simply having his trio take multiple passes at tracks on a single predetermined playlist, he decided to have the group simulate a stay at a club. They recorded multiple sets, accumulating almost five hours worth of ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Roy Assaf Trio Release Debut Album On One Trick Dog Records

Roy Assaf Trio Release Debut Album On One Trick Dog Records

One Trick Dog Records to release the Debut Album by the Roy Assaf Trio SECOND ROW BEHIND THE PAINTER Internationally Renowned Pianist Records New Album As Bandleader Available at Amazon.com and iTunes on June 3, 2014 New York, NY: One Trick Dog Records is pleased to announce the release of Second Row Behind The Painter, the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

NYConnection: Party Of Four

Read "Party Of Four" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The genesis of Party Of Four can be traced back to 2007, when a friendship of two was solidified. Finnish drummer Jaska Lukkarinen and Israeli pianist Roy Assaf found each other at that fateful point in their respective careers and, shortly thereafter, NYConnection was born. While the band took its maiden voyage as a piano trio ...

Respect, Vol.1

Label: Jazz Legacy Productions
Released: 2012
Track listing: Easy Does It; Brake's Sake; Hymn To Freedom; Uranus; Fly With The Wind; Textures; Eternal Child; Song For Abdullah; Prisim; September In Rio; Guardian Angels; Gozo.


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