The last installment of this year's excellent Jerusalem Jazz Sessions will take place Wednesday evening at Sergei Courtyard at 8:30 p.m. The series, which started in August with a break for the High Holy Days, has offered a wide range of artistic musical endeavor. It opened with trombonist-bandleader Avi Lebovich's Orchestra and their accurately entitled Groove Collage and has swung through avant garde jazz, contemporary classical music with ethnic seasoning, colorful Brazilian vibes and straightahead jazz with Jewish overtones courtesy of Jerusalemite pianist Avi Adrian and his trio. Wednesday's slot features young Israeli saxophonist Yonatan Kretzmer who recently put out a well received debut album called New Dilemma.
Unlike most of his compatriot contemporaries Kretzmer explores the freer areas of the jazz terrain, and does so with surprising maturity and a wealth of intriguing ideas. All the material on the new CD is self-penned, with not a standard or a reworked item taken from the Israeli Songbook in sight. Tomorrow's concert sees Kretzmer, on tenor sax, front a sextet, with Daniel Sarid on Fender Rhodes, Shmil Frenkel on bass guitar, Shay Ran on acoustic bass, Roi Hermon on trumpet and Haim Peskoff on drums and percussion. The evening's program will start with a duo of Hermon and guitarist Jonathan Albalak.