Red Sea Jazz fest spreads its wings

This year’s Red Sea Jazz Festival will take place August 23-26 in Eilat.

Jazz festival 224.88 (photo credit: Courtesy)
Jazz festival 224.88
(photo credit: Courtesy)
This year’s Red Sea Jazz Festival will take place August 23-26 at its regular Port of Eilat venue. This is artistic director and internally acclaimed bass player Avishai Cohen’s second year in charge of the country’s premier jazz event and he has delivered a varied lineup.
The main draw for jazz fans looking for something akin to cutting edge musical entertainment is undoubtedly American trumpeter Dave Douglas, who will lead a quintet comprising four brass instruments – including a French horn – and a drummer. Elsewhere in the pure-jazz section of the four-day program there are, surprisingly, two vibraphone-led combos – a quartet led by veteran vibraphonist Gary Burton, backed by guitar, bass and drums; and another foursome fronted by Stefon Harris with a saxophonist, keyboardist and drummer in support.
Panama-born pianist Danilo Perez will lead a trio in Eilat, while50-year-old multi-Grammy-Award-winning powerhouse drummer Jeff “Tain”Watts will bring a quartet to our southernmost resort.
Cohen also left plenty of slots in the program for home-based talent,including pianist Omri Mor, who, as at the Tel Aviv Jazz Festival, willpresent a mix of jazz and Andalusian music, while flutist Ilan Salemwill front a quintet including guitarist-oud player Amos Hoffman.
There is also a generous helping of non-jazz shows in the four-dayagenda, such as a synergy between rocker Berry Sakharof androck-electronic music multi-instrumentalist Rea Mochiach, high-energygypsy troupe Marsh Dondurma, and veteran American singer-songwriterjazz-inflected rocker Rickie Lee Jones.
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