The 2011-12 Opera House Jazz series kicks off on December 2 with a tribute to
some of the iconic guitarists and pianists of yesteryear. The concert features
Jewish American guitarist Josh Breakstone and Italian pianist Tony Pancella, who
will perform works made famous by two renowned guitar-piano duos – Wes
Montgomery and Wynton Kelly, and Grant Green and Sonny Clark.
February slot of the series will be fronted by 69- year-old US pianist Kenny
Barron, who performed at the inaugural 2011 Red Sea Winter Jazz Festival.
Barron’s sidemen for the occasion are Japanese bassist Kyoshi Kitagawa and
American drummer Jonathan Blake. The March concert sees the return of Italian
pianist Stefano Bollani, who joins forces with two Israelis –
saxophonist-clarinetist Anat Cohen and pianist Omri Mor. In the first part of
the show Bollani and Cohen will play a program of Brazilian, Italian and Israeli
numbers, as well as some original material. Mor will then join Bollani in some
jazz standards and original tunes.
The April 20 concert is an all-Italian
affair, with young pianist Mirko Signole and Signole’s former teacher, reedman
The first part of the show will feature Signole in a
solo piano program of jazz standards, original numbers and jazz interpretations
of Israeli Songbook items, such as Sasha Argov’s “Kesha’or Dolek” and “Shir
Leloh Shem” by Shalom Hanoch. Ottaviano will join Signole in the second
The series closes on June 1 with the Mimehuma Letekuma (Order to
Chaos) concert, with a star-studded international quintet including
Germany-based Israeli pianist Omer Klein, Jewish American saxophonist Marty
Erlich and trumpeter Ralph Alessi. The first part of the concert will include
new arrangements of Israeli classics by Klein and the second half will feature a
screening of Ana Isabel Ordonez’s Order to Chaos documentary about a Holocaust
survivor, and the band will play a suite of three tunes written by Klein, Erlich
For more information and tickets: www.israel-opera.co.il and
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