Tel – Aviv Jazz Festival 2010
February 3rd – 5th
Cinematheque Tel – Aviv
Celebrating its 21st year, the Tel Aviv Jazz Festival, a most-awaited yearly musical event in Israel, proudly hosts the internationally famous saxophonist Lee Konitz, one of the most recorded leaders in jazz. From his debut in the 1940’s, Konitz, 82, is one of the prime movers of “cool jazz,” permanently securing his name among the world’s jazz pantheon with whom he had collaborated, such as Miles Davis, Keith Jarett, Chet Baker and Pat Metheny.  He performs in a special Festival production joining a group of Israeli jazz stars led by the saxophonist Yuval Cohen. Together, at 9:00 PM on February 5th, they will enthrall jazz lovers with the all-time hits of the jazz world.

The main Israeli performance this year will feature the original “Pa’amon” (Bell) Project, led by the pianist, composer and arranger Adi Rennert, who has composed original music for texts from various sources. His music combines Israeli, modern and world music, an outstanding, rare feat that other artists find daunting.  Rennert will host several outstanding Israeli musicians, with whom he has collaborated during his extensive career, among them Barry Sacharoff, Rona Kenan and Mika Karni. Consisting one of the highlights of the Festival, this performance happens on Thursday, 4th of February, 8:30 PM, Hall 1.

The Don Friedman Trio composed of Friedman, on the piano, Chuck Israels, on bass and Joe Hunt, on drums, celebrates another historic moment in their career as a group since their 2007 collaboration in New York. In this Festival, these three jazz giants will reunite for the first time outside the USA after that glorious collaboration three years ago.   The Trio’s performance is on the 3rd of February, Wednesday, 8:30 PM, Hall 1.

Other international jazz celebrities will also be performing  throughout the three-day Festival: illustrious jazz artists Don Friedman, Gary Symulyan, and Veronika Rodriguez  who will be joined by Israeli musicians;  Kahil El’zabar, who returns to the Festival after a whirlwind success in the 2008 Festival; Tony Pancella and Uri Bracha, the Gutbucket Quartet and more.

Kahil El’Zabar returns to Israel with a new group, his successful, spectacular performance in 2008 still fresh in the mind of Israeli jazz followers.  With new group members who are top artist-performers in their own right, the performance on the 5th of February, Friday, Hall 1, will definitely be another moment that jazz enthusiasts will talk about for a long time.

Alongside the international lineup, there will be performances by many Israeli jazz groups, young and old, in a wide variety of styles and tastes. As worthy of a Festival that has promoted original compositions, there will be several original productions, put together specially for the Festival; groups making their debut: The Omri Mor Trio, the Shani Mor Quintet, the Erez Bar-Noy Sextet and others.

Free live performances by the Tel Aviv Jazz Orchestra, the Swing de Gitanes and groups from the High School A for the arts shall also be featured in the lobby of the Tel Aviv Cinematheque, as well as in the Cinematheque plaza.

Musical Director: Nitzan Kramer and Barak Weiss

By Arlene Alon / IPM

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~ by wherenwhen on February 3, 2010.

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