Red Sea Jazz divide
Eilat festival includes a generous number of artists from outside the strict confines of the jazz fold.
TINKLING THE IVORIES: American pianist Geri Allen Photo: Shonna Valeska
This year’s Red Sea Jazz Festival in Eilat is very much a tale of parts. For a
start, for the first time in its 26-year history, the event has two artistic
directors, each with his own artistic background. The program for the festival,
which was announced at a press conference at the Shablul Jazz Club in Tel Aviv
on Tuesday, is colorful mix of genres, including a generous number of artists
from outside the strict confines of the jazz fold. The festival will run from
July 30 to August 2.
Dubi Lenz, a veteran of the international world
music scene, and current artistic director of the winter version of the
festival, and co-artistic director of the forthcoming four-dayer seasoned jazz
saxophonist and teacher Eli Degibri have brought in acts from around the world,
including several Israeli acts which have found success in the US and elsewhere
in recent years.
These include the Yes trio, with New York-based Israeli
bassist Omer Avital, and Americans pianist Aaron Goldberg and drummer Ali
Jackson, and acclaimed young Israeli guitarist Gilad Hekselman, who also works
from the Big Apple. Hekselman will be joined by stellar saxophonist Mark Turner,
bass player Matt Brewer and drummer Marcus Gilmore.
Other jazz acts to
look out for in Eilat include a welcome return for groundbreaking American
pianist Geri Allen, whose Time Line Trio concert will be visually enhanced by a
tap dancer spot, and a deserved tribute to 80-year-old clarinetist-artist- poet
Harold Rubin and his legendary Zaviot band, which appeared at the first three
editions of the festival, from 1987 to 1989.
Meanwhile, the acts on the
jazz peripheries, and beyond, include Cameroon-born guitarist-vocalist Richard
Bona, Israeli guitarist-vocalist Dudu Tassa and his Iraqi-influenced repertoire,
Cape Verde vocalist-guitarist-keyboardist Carmen Souza and gospel powerhouse
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