First Michael Brecker Saxophone Competition Announced

First Michael Brecker Saxophone Competition Announced

New York City - Internationally acclaimed saxophonist, Eli Degibri, announced his intention to establish The Michael Brecker Saxophone Competition last week at the Nearness of You Concert, a biennial event held at Lincoln Center to raise money for cancer research in honor of the late Michael Brecker.

In front of...

The Phenomenon of Elite Israeli Jazz

The Phenomenon of Elite Israeli Jazz

One must simply show up to any number of New York’s acclaimed jazz venues to see performances by world-famous Israeli artists including Avishai Cohen, Yotam Silberstein, Omer Avital, Anat Cohen, Eli Degibri, Anat Fort and many others.
The past two decades Israel has produced dozens of the world’s most talented...

Cliff Hangin' Review

Cliff Hangin' Review

Two things will be clear after hearing Eli Degibri’s outstanding Cliff Hangin’. First, his reputation as one of the best saxophonists around is well deserved. Second, the jazz scene in Israel is definitely killin’, as evinced by the rhythm section of pianist Gadi Lehavi, bassist Barak Mori and drummer Ofri...

A Jazz Homecoming

A Jazz Homecoming

"The road," Ray Charles soulfully sings in the classic song “Georgia on My Mind," “leads back to you."

And so it is for an increasing number of Israeli-born jazz musicians who have headed back home of late after leaving an indelible mark on the scene here.

The big-toned tenor...

Israeli jazz fest trumpets local talent

Israeli jazz fest trumpets local talent

For the first time in three decades, Red Sea Jazz will host mainly Israeli artists, as homegrown scene gets spotlight.

Israel’s annual Red Sea Jazz festival, which starts Saturday in the seaside resort of Eilat, will for the first time in its 30-year existence mainly comprise combos led by Israelis....

Cliff Hangin' 5 STAR Review : DownBeat Magazine

Cliff Hangin' 5 STAR Review : DownBeat Magazine

Like bassist Avishai Cohen, whom he succeeded as co-artistic director of the Red Sea Jazz Festival, Jaffa-born Eli Degibri has returned to Israel after distinguishing himself at Berklee College of Music and the Thelonious Monk Institute and serving significant stretches in Herbie Hancock’s sextet and Al Foster’s band. Now a...

Red Sea Jazz Festival: August 27 – 30 2016

Red Sea Jazz Festival: August 27 – 30 2016

Israeli jazz takes center stage as the Red Sea Jazz Festival celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. Artistic Director Eli Degibri recalls,
When I was 14, I wasn’t yet allowed to go to the festival. At that time, I’d listen to the live shows on the radio and my dream...

Small Talk with Eli Degibri

Small Talk with Eli Degibri

Eli Degibri (38), musician, saxophone player, and musical director of the Red Sea Jazz Festival which celebrates it's 30th anniversary this year! Bachelor, living in Holon when he is not abroad on tour. Recently he participated in the historic show at the White House for International Jazz day. Tomorrow he...

Jazz at the White House

Jazz at the White House

No performance spoke truth to power more pointedly than when Hugh Masekela, on flugelhorn, sang and played his “Bring Him Back Home (Nelson Mandela)," along with Bridgewater, Bowers, Ritenour, Brönner, Watson, Miller, Scott and the Israeli saxophonist Eli Degibri.
The Obamas host jazz greats to celebrate International Jazz Day

Before...

Eli Degibri to perform at White House

Eli Degibri to perform at White House

The concert will also feature internationally renowned jazz artists such as Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock and Buddy Guy.

Eli Degibri, is one of Israel’s most well known and respected jazz artists, has been invited to take part in the International Jazz Day 2016 All-Star Global Concert at the White House...

Jazz à l’Etage #7: Eli Degibri and his quartet

Jazz à l’Etage #7: Eli Degibri and his quartet

Freshly arrived from Israel, the virtuoso of the saxophone – former member of Herbie Hancock’s sextet - has chosen the city of Rennes to finish the promotional tour for his latest album. L’Etage, the venue that lends its name to the festival, has welcomed the quarter of Eli Degibri for...

Eli Degibri on 12/13 Bretagne, France TV

Eli Degibri on 12/13 Bretagne, France TV

Eli Degibri interviewed by Roger Bendayan for a news segment on French Television program, 12/13 Bretagne, about The Jazz á l'Etage Festival in Rennes, France. Also featured in this piece is festival director Yann Martin.


And when you actually know the guy, you understand that the...

Twelve Review : JazzTimes

Twelve Review : JazzTimes

Music is like a fairytale: ageless, immortal. And we musicians are eternally Peter Pan, no matter if we are 16, 18, 35 or 80 years old...
reflects saxophonist Eli Degibri in the notes to Twelve, his sixth recording. Featuring two emerging young talents—18-year-old drummer Ofri Nehemya and 16-year-old pianist Gadi...

Live Review: Spoleto Festival USA 2013

Live Review: Spoleto Festival USA 2013

For jazz aficionados with John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins or even Stan Getz channels on their Pandora accounts, the Eli Degibri concert was a godsend.
An eclectic mix in Charleston

Since the first day of 90 degree weather for 2013 didn’t hit Charleston before the last note was played, this year’s...

Israel’s Jazz Scene: an interview with Eli Degibri

Israel’s Jazz Scene: an interview with Eli Degibri

Eli Degibri is an Israeli Jazz saxophonist, composer and arranger. He is the co-Artistic Director of the Red Sea Jazz festival, held annually in Eilat, Israel. He spoke to Ruth Fisher about his music, the Israeli Jazz scene and the potential of art to build bridges of understanding between peoples....

Best jazz CDs of 2010

Best jazz CDs of 2010

Eli Degibri, "Israeli Song" (Anzic Records). The New York-based Israeli saxophonist put together a dream quartet for this disc, enlisting pianist Brad Mehldau, bassist Ron Carter and drummer Al Foster. Every one is focused and relaxed on this exquisite set of mostly original tunes. And if you haven't discovered Degibri,...

Why Are So Many Jazz Musicians From Israel These Days?

Why Are So Many Jazz Musicians From Israel These Days?

For a country of some 7.5 million, Israel has a surprisingly large jazz footprint. More and more internationally acclaimed jazz musicians happen to be from the country.

Twenty-five years ago, the Israeli jazz scene was barely on the cultural map. But enough American musicians moved there, and enough foreign-trained...

Eli Degibri : Israeli Song

Eli Degibri : Israeli Song

Degibri has crafted an album that should start to bring some deserving name recognition to this strong up-and-coming young player.
The Israeli invasion continues (see our review of Nadav Snir-Zelniker above) with artists like Avashai (trumpet) and Anat Cohen, Anat Fort and the other Avashai Cohen (bass) among others making...

Israeli Song Review : All About Jazz

Israeli Song Review : All About Jazz

Degibri, with four previous CDs as a leader to his name, has crafted his breakout set with Israeli Song.
Saxophonist Eli Degibri's name may be the least familiar one on the cover of Israeli Song. His quartet mates on this superb disc are of the highest level; it would be...

Eli Degibri Trio : Live at Louis 649

Eli Degibri Trio : Live at Louis 649

Those who crammed into this tiny East Village club on the night that saxophonist Eli Degibri recorded with ubiquitous organist Gary Versace and extraordinary drummer Obed Calvaire were treated to a display of remarkable chemistry and incendiary blowing. Degibri is an exceptionally melodic improviser with a big, bold tenor tone,...

Tenor Titanium: The Roar Of The Young Lions

Tenor Titanium: The Roar Of The Young Lions

Degibri's style is—for want of a better adjective, and at the risk of offending jazz "purists —highly accessible.
In the old days, to make a splash in the big (Apple) pond you had to be a tenor titan. Nowadays you'd better make it titanium. Consider the daunting legacy of John...