Eilat jazz festival hits 27 in style

The four-day program is packed with big names from abroad, as well as some of the pick of the local crop.

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July 6, 2013 22:34
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US Saxophonist Branford Marsalis will headline this year’s Red Sea Jazz Festival.

US Saxophonist Branford Marsalis 370. (photo credit: Swoan Parker/Reuters)

The Red Sea Jazz Festival will take place in Eilat, for the 27th consecutive year, between August 18 and August 21.

The four-day program is packed with big names from abroad, as well as some of the pick of the local crop.

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Chief among the imports are stellar saxophonist Branford Marsalis, who will front a quartet, while veteran drummer Al Foster, who kept time for Miles Davis when the legendary trumpeter was going through a funk-oriented period, will bring his own foursome, with trumpeter Wallace Roney providing some heavyweight sonic enhancement.

As usual, there will be some extramural shows too, with the “beyond jazz” fare including Brazilian guitarist-vocalist Joao Bosco and his quintet, with internationally renowned Israeli singer Ahinoam Nini (Noa) guesting, and accordion threesome Motion Trio.

Elsewhere on the foreign side of the Eilat lineup there is acclaimed trumpeter Nicholas Payton and a high-powered trio of drummer Jeff Ballard, saxophonist Miguel Zenon and pianist Kevin Hays, and there is also a big-band slot filled by the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz ensemble, with feted singer Jane Monheit providing some star quality.

Meanwhile, the Israeli side of the four-day program includes some of our most successful exports, including New York residents trumpeter Avishai Cohen and guitarist Yotam Silberstein, as well as the doyen of the Israeli avant garde scene, saxophonist Albert Beger, young fusion act Tatran and pop, rock, soul singer Ester Rada.

For tickets and more details: www.redseajazzeilat.com


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