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This year’s Givatayim Jazz Festival will offer a mix of genres over its three-day program. The festival, which takes place for the ninth year at Givatayim Theater on May 6-8, features some of our top jazz artists alongside musicians who primarily earn their keep in a wide range of musical areas.
The Israeli All Star Sextet, which will perform on the first evening, includes some of the cream of our homegrown talent. Trombonist Avi Lebovich will line up with bass player Omer Avital, who still spends most of his time Stateside, with trumpeter Itamar Borohov, saxophonist Daniel Zamir, pianist Omri Mor and NYC-based drummer Aviv Cohen completing the band.
The following evening, singer-percussionist Ravid Kahalani’s Yemen
Blues act will stretch the artistic and ethnic lines into other musical
areas. Kahalani’s band also features Avital and Lebovich, with Avital
also on oud playing duty. Other members of the nonet including
trumpeter Niv Toar, NYC-based flutist Hadar Neubreg and viola player
Galia Hai. Kahalani initially came to notice as a member of Idan
Reichel’s cross-genre act.
Fans of more traditional jazz should enjoy the Swingin’ Nights slot
with the Tel Aviv Israel Conservatory Big Band hosting singer Marina
Maximilian Blumin, while the opening duo show of veteran
singer-songwriter-pianist Yoni Rechter and bassist Yorai Oron offers
entertainment from the intimate balladic side of the musical tracks.
Elsewhere in the Givatayim program internationally renowned saxophonist
Eli Degibri teams up with singer-songwriter-pianist Shlomi Shaban, and
the Malox Live show of saxophonist Eyal Talmudi – of Balkan Beat Box
fame – and drummer Hagai Fershtman will venture into funky and more
challenging areas. For more information about the Givatayim Jazz Festival: www.t-g.co.il.