Carter and DeJohnette to star in Eilat

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June 3, 2015 21:05

There are several stellar old hands in the lineup of the 29th edition of the Red Sea Jazz Festival, which will take place in Eilat August 23-26.

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Carter and DeJohnette

Carter and DeJohnette. (photo credit: SANDRINE LEE)

There are several stellar old hands in the lineup of the 29th edition of the Red Sea Jazz Festival, which will take place in Eilat August 23-26. Principle among the oldies but goodies is 78-yearold bass player Ron Carter, who will come here with a quartet that includes a percussionist as well as a drummer. Then there is the slightly younger but no less famous 72-year-old drummer Jack DeJohnette whose trio includes saxophonist Ravi Coltrane and bassist Matt Garrison, while 62-year-old seasoned saxophonist Joe Lovano will front a quartet.

Meanwhile, 30-year-old French singer Cyrille Aimée will bring the average non-Israeli-performer age down a couple of notches and, no doubt, introduce some more commercial strands to her international quintet gigs. Similarly aged American singer-cellist-guitarist-banjo player Leyla McCalla will stretch the sonic and genre spread in Eilat with her alluring blend of bluesy-folk numbers.

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This year’s festival marks jazz saxophonist Eli Degibri’s first time as sole artistic director, after sharing the post with veteran world music radio presenter Dubi Lenz. Even so, there is a fair bit of non-jazz content in the four day program, as well as confluences between jazz and ethnic music.

Israeli world music pianist-vocalist Idan Raichel always draws the crowds, and that should also be the case when he takes the Port of Eilat stage along with Malian guitarist-vocalist Vieux Farke Touré and their Touré-Raichel Collective quartet. Saxophonist Daniel Zamir is evidently also looking to mix things down south, as his show with all-Israeli jazz quartet of pianist Tomer Bar, ubiquitous bass player Gilad Abro and drummer Amir Bresler will feature a guest appearance by singer-songwriter Eviatar Banai. Bresler will also be around to keep time for Germany-based Israeli pianist Omer Klein, alongside longtime Klein cohort New York-based Israeli bassist Haggai Cohen-Milo.

The four day program will close with a show by ethnically-inclined rocker guitarist- vocalist Berry Sakharof.

For tickets: *9080. For more information: www.redseajazz.co.il.


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