Dr. Arnon Palty

Dr. Arnon Palty

Dr. Arnon Palty

Position in the Academy: 
Dean of the Cross-Disciplinary Music Faculty

Dr. Arnon Palty is one of Israel's most prominent musicians, both as a composer, arranger, author, educator and bass player.

Arnon is a significant lecturer at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. His areas of expertise include Jazz and traditional harmony, counterpoint, advanced ear training, jazz composition, arranging and orchestration, leading the "Blood-Sweat & Tears" and the representative ensembles, and a variety of survey seminars concerning the music of Charles Mingus, The Impressionists and Jazz,  Horace Silver, Wayne Shorter, Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, Frank Zappa ,and The Beatles.

Arnon has been, and still is a guest lecturer, at top Jazz institutes worldwide:  Berklee (Boston), Cuny at Queens NY, Michigan U,  Northwest Vista College (Texas), Münich Hoch Schule, Aiwa University Music Dept,  Wosław Academy, and many others. For further references please go to: 

Dr. Palty is the author of the books "Connecting Points in Jazz Dialects: The Metamorphic Process", "Advanced Jazz Reharmonization Techniques", "Models and Lines", "Jazz Counterpoint", "Jazz Arranging Techniques for Large Ensemble" and of countless articles in top magazines.

A recent album by the Dave Liebman Big Band, "Tomorrow's Expectations", is fully dedicated to Arnon's arrangements, which are featured, among many other of his writing projects, at the prestigious Walrus Music Publishing and JW Pepper.

As a Composer, Arnon's discography contains 10 original albums, including his Jazz opera "Zerach the Alien" (for which he has written both the libretto and the music) featuring world- known top international artists.

As a Jazz bass player, Dr. Palty's has played and recorded with Jazz top artists including: Dave Liebman, Phil Woods, Lee Konitz, Benny Golson, Donald Vega, Vic Juris, Tim Hagans, Marcello Pellitteri,  Adam Nussbaum, Didier Lockwood, Ben Monder, Jeremy Davenport, Dan Adler, Uri Caine, Dave Samuels, Terry-lyne Carrington, Airto Moreira, Zakir Hussein, Garry Fisher, Graham Bruce, Mike Hyman, Dave Douglass, Donald "Duck" Bailey, Byron "Wookie" Landham, Norbert Stachel, Charles Pillow, Rob Prester, Roland Vasquez,  Cyrus Chestnut, to name a few.

Arnon has received five consecutive awards as part of the America-Israel Foundation for Jazz composers and performers, first price in big band writing in  Manheim Germany, a special price in TLV White city composition competition for his string quartet "Opus 500", and is the recipient of the 2021 prestigious prime-minister award for jazz composers.


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