Jazz in Israel – Outline
Jimmy Yin

The main purpose of this presentation is to provide a broad overview of Israel’s burgeoning jazz scene, as well as the institutions that have contributed to their success.

My hope is that at my presentation gets people excited about Israeli jazz (or jazz in general)! The global nature of the genre makes it particularly relevant to the themes we discuss in this class, and Israeli artists make use of many of the musical motifs which we have encountered thus far.

The outline below covers the people and main topics that I’ll be covering in my presentation. Attached at the end are the recordings and resources that I referenced and used in the course of research for my paper.

I. Introduction

II. Beginnings

– Zvi Keren

– Arnie Lawrence

III. Today’s Scene

– Avishai Cohen, bassist

  • Recording: Madrid

– Gilad Atzmon

– Eli Degibri

  • Recording: Israeli Song

– Gadi Lehavi

  • Recording: Gadi Lehavi Quartet with Eli Degibri

IV. Festivals and Institutions

– Red Sea Jazz Festival

– Educational institutions

  • Rimon School of Jazz and Contemporary Music

– Recording companies

– The role of the West

Links to recordings:

Avishai Cohen Band – Madrid (requires Spotify)

Eli Degibri – Israeli Song

Gadi Lehavi Quartet with Eli Degibri

References/further reading:

Davis, Francis. “Music: Chiri Biri Bim, Chiri Biri Bop – the Israel-New York Pipeline

Yields a Fresh Crop of Serious Jazz Talent.” The Village Voice May 2007: 119. ProQuest. Web. 12 Nov. 2013 .

Goldsby, John. “GLOBAL PLAYER: AVISHAI COHEN.” Bass Player 07 2010: 26, 30, 32, 34. ProQuest. Web. 12 Nov. 2013 .

Greenberg, H. (1996, Sep 13). Hitting high sea: At the Red Sea Jazz Festival in Eilat, poolside jams start after midnight and the rhythms roll until dawn. Baltimore Jewish Times, 231, 60.

Keren-Sagee, Alona. “Joseph Schillinger – A Disciple’s Reminiscences of the Man and  His Theories: An Interview with Prof. Zvi Keren.” Tempo – A Quarterly Review of Modern Music 64 (2010): 17-26. ProQuest. Web. 12 Nov. 2013.

Keren-Sagee, Alona. “Zvi Keren: His Contribution to Israel’s Music Scene.” Min-ad: Israel Studies in Musicology Online 2 (2002)ProQuest. Web. 12 Nov. 2013.

Lehavi, Avner. “Gadi Lehavi: Jazz Pianist” Lehavi, Avner. 2013. Web. 12 Nov. 2013. <http://gadilehavi.com/Video_2013.html&gt;.

Ratliff, Ben. “Watching Musicians Evolve Onstage.” New York Times. May 20 2013. ProQuest. Web. 12 Nov. 2013.

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