Eli Degibri

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Eli Degibri (born May 3, 1978 in Jaffa, Israel) is an Israeli jazz saxophonist, composer and arranger.  Degibri first began playing the mandolin at age 7 in an after school music program at the Jaffa Conservatory of Music. Three years later, after attending a jazz concert, he became enamored with the saxophone and switched his studies to that instrument.

In 1994 Degibri was selected to receive a full scholarship to attend the Berklee College of  Music’s Summer Performance Program. The following year Degibri was again awarded a full scholarship, and participated in the Berklee program for a second summer.

In 1997, at age 18, Degibri received a full scholarship to attend the Berklee College of Music and relocated to the United States. After a year at Berklee, he was one of only six musicians to be selected, with a full scholarship, to attend the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz program, where he studied and performed with Ron Carter, Benny Golson, Jimmy Heath and Clark Terry.

After graduating from the Monk Institute in 1999, Degibri was asked to join pianist Herbie Hancock’s sextet, playing the music of Herbie Hancock’s Gershwin’s World. Degibri toured the world with them for 2.5 years, and was featured on Hancock’s 2002 “The Jazz  Channel Presents Herbie Hancock”  DVD special.

In 2002 Degibri relocated to New York and formed his first quintet featuring Kurt Rosenwinkel, Aaron Goldberg, Ben Street, and Jeff Ballard. The band performed in New York jazz clubs including the Blue Note, the Jazz Standard, 55 Bar, Smalls Jazz Club, and Fat Cat Jazz. That same year Degibri joined drummer Al Foster’s band – the Al Foster Quartet. Degibri was featured on Foster’s 2008 critically acclaimed release “Love, Peace and Jazz!”, a live recording at the legendary New-York club – Village Vanguard, and on Foster’s 2008 full length DVD entitled “The Paris Concert”.

In 2008 Degibri formed his organ trio featuring Gary Versace and Obed Calvaire and released his 4th album, “Live at Louis 649”. That same year the trio toured Israel and following the tour the trio was invited by bass player and artistic director Avishai Cohen to participate at the 2009 Red Sea Jazz Festival. Recently, Degibri was invited to perform at the Red Sea Jazz Festival’s first winter edition, in January 2011 Degibri will be will be performing with the legendary pianist Kenny Barron in a special duo performance for the festival.

Degibri has recorded five albums under his name: “In The Beginning” (2003 – Fresh Sound Records) featuring Kurt Rosenwinkel, Aaron Goldberg, Ben Street and Jeff Ballard, “Emotionally Available” (2006 – Fresh Sound Records) featuring Aaron Goldberg, Ben Street and Jeff Ballard, “One Little Song” (2006 – Degibri/Hays), a duo collaboration with pianist Kevin Hays, “Live At Louis 649” (2008 – Anzic Records) featuring Gary Versace and Obed Calvaire, and in 2010, his latest – “Israeli Song” (Anzic Records) featuring Ron Carter, Al Foster and Brad Mehldau.

Along the way Degibri has also worked with Ron Carter, Clark Terry, Benny Golson, Jimmy Heath, Eric Reed and the Mingus Big Band. (via Wikipedia)

Eli Degibri’s official website and Facebook Fan Page

Album: “Israeli Song” by Eli Degibri

Price: $9.99
Genres: Jazz, Music
Released: September 28, 2010 ℗ 2010 Anzic Records, Llc

To buy CD/listen to samples click here (iTunes)

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