And even Miles Davis and Ray Charles play: The December Jazz Recommendations
The Tel Aviv Jazz Festival will host some of the most prominent names in the world jazz scene, including Molto Estetka and Rishar Galliano, alongside Amir Benion and Barry Sakharof. The festival will host the Chinese Li Xiaochuan and present additional surprises. These are the shows you shouldn't miss at the December jazz events
And even Miles Davis and Ray Charles play: The December Jazz RecommendationsPhoto by Dave Shahar
Unfortunately, the word jazz is far more daunting than the music itself. For some unclear reason, there is a good portion of music lovers who do not approach jazz. Jazz festivals all over the world have long become a rich and varied musical celebration that the "traditional" jazz part of them is diminishing. Some may say this is a problem, others will be happy. Either way, the two December jazz events in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem promise great pleasure to anyone who loves music. We have therefore prepared recommendations for them that are by no means to be missed out on a variety of performances at each of the festivals:More in Walla! NEWS More in Walla! NEWS
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30 years for the Tel Aviv Jazz Festival
With all due respect to the young festival in the capital, the heavy guns arrive this year in Tel Aviv (December 18-20, Tel Aviv Museum of Art). Alongside the Israelis - Amir Benayun who touches for the first time on jazz and Barry Sakharof who collaborates with wonderful jazz musicians (Omri Moore on piano, Gilad Abreu in bass and Itamar Douari on percussion) - Tel Aviv festival celebrates its 30th year with the founding father of jazz Ethiopian Molto Estetka . Azteca to celebrate its 75th birthday during the festival is a groundbreaking musician who was the first African American student at the Berkeley School of Music and broke into global consciousness after his compositions were incorporated into the soundtrack of the movie "Broken Flowers." Azteca comes with a composition of 8 musicians Unique and complex music that must be heard and seen.
Another star coming to Tel Aviv is the Hammond organ player Joey De Francesco . De Francesco was able to play during his career with John McLaughlin, Miles Davies, Ray Charles, Van Morrison, and Jimmy Smith, and he came to two shows that specifically prepared the festival work. At least one of them must be. Another musician who must be heard is the French Rishar Galliano, who is considered one of the best accordion players in the world. Galliano began his career in the 1970s with the French Chanson greats - Charles Azanbor and his friends but did not stop there. In the 1980s, he broke the boundaries of Chanson as he played with Chet Baker, Ron Carter, Enrico Rabe, Totes Thillmans and more. Galliano has a unique musical interpretation and the music he produces has only been improving over the years.
Among the Israelis of the festival, you should pay attention to saxophonist Daniel Zamir, who celebrates Bar Mitzvah for his 5th album as lead (and the first recorded in Israel) "Artist" and hosts June Rechter, trumpeter Sephi Zisling who launches his second album as lead and also two of our best pianists - Omer Klein and Nithai .
5 years for the Jerusalem Jazz Festival
The Jerusalem Jazz Festival has been produced in the capital for five years (this year December 4-6 at the Israel Museum) under the artistic direction of one of our greatest jazz musicians, trumpeter Avishai Cohen , who poured into the festival a wide variety of fragrances and flavors from around the world without skipping Young Israeli musicians alongside veterans. The most intriguing performance is that of Cohen himself with the Bohuslän Big Band Sweden, one of the oldest European orchestras in the 19th century. Cohen's combination with the orchestra is a great opportunity to hear his works written for a trio or a jazz quartet, first edited and performed by Big Bend.
Another intriguing show is the ensemble led by Chinese trumpeter Lee Xiaochuan, considered the forefront of the Chinese jazz scene (yes, there is such a thing). This is the first time for a Chinese jazzist in Israel when the musical instrument mix: trumpet, vibraphone and guitar (alongside bass and drums) turns out to be a fun experience. A different experience will provide the performance of the Israeli ensemble "Three" that takes "musical position" - the members of the band will play their original music when in the background will be Lisa Rihanna's video art on slavery, injustice between peoples and post-colonialism. For those who want to see Israeli talent early on, we recommend trying the Israeli guitar trio (operating in New York) "Gadawa" with Tal Diamond (guitar), Coral Scepter (bass) and Ben Silashi (drums) who make great music.