Jazz Performance Series – JAMD Cross-Disciplinary Instrumental Department

Jazz Performance Series – JAMD Cross-Disciplinary Instrumental Department
Sunday, 14 February 2021, 19:00
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  • JAMD Jazz Performance Series!
  • High performance standards by the Jazz Performance Department
  • 9 jazz ensembles led by JAMD instructors, filmed pre-lockdown
  • 8 Broadcasts on the JAMD youtube channel
  • Join us Sundays and Wednesdays at 7:00 PM
  • Starts Wed., Jan. 20

Jan. 20, 2021: Bird Ensemble led by Yuval Cohen

Bass guitar: Nitzan Eisenberg

Jazz guitar: Itai Scher

Jazz Saxophone: Guy Altman

Jazz piano: Nadav Berkowitz

Drums: Shalev Goldberg

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This ensemble is dedicated to Charlie Parker ("Bird"), a highly influential soloist and leading figure in the development of bebop, radically changing the face of jazz.

In our rehearsals, we take music that Parker wrote or performed and try to attain the feeling and the sound created by Parker and his contemporaries in the 40s and 50s, while at times perhaps interjecting a personal note.


Jan. 24, 2021: Ethnic Jazz Ensemble led by Omri Mor

Bass guitar: Yonatan Cohen

Jazz saxophone: Shani Slobas

Jazz piano: Amichai Hirshkoff

Drums: David Degami

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The ensemble focuses on rhythm, modus, and musical genres from all over but especially from North Africa, and identifies the points of clashing intersection with jazz.


Jan. 27, 2021: Tadd Dameron Ensemble led by Danny Rosenfeld

Bass guitar: Yoav Shragai

Jazz trumpet: Yuval Fedia

Jazz saxophone: Shani Slobas

Jazz piano: Shani Matan

Bassoon: Erez Ram

Drums: Maya Cohen

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The ensemble learns pieces by composer Tadd Dameron in original arrangements. Tadd Dameron was one of the most influential jazz composers – his pieces and arrangements are at the foundation of modern jazz of the 40s (bebop) and were played by top performers, including Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Fats Navarro, Max Roach and Clifford Brown. Tadd Dameron's style of composition had a profound impact on many composers, such as Benny Golson, who also played in Dameron's octet.


Jan. 31, 2021: Blue Note Ensemble led by Barak Mori

Bass guitar: Tair Bar Or

Jazz saxophone: Eitan Rodman

Jazz saxophone: Daniel Cohen

Jazz piano: Amitai Walburger

Drums: Dennis Itzina

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The ensemble is named for the legendary jazz record company. In this ensemble we focus on well-known jazz pieces found on Blue Note records from the 50s and 60s.


Feb. 3, 2021: "Weather Report" Ensemble led by Avi Adrian

Bass guitar: Itai Leopold

Jazz violin: Ido Zohar

Jazz saxophone: Yaniv Roitman

Jazz piano: Yedidya Elinson

Jazz Bassoon: Afik Ashkenazi

Drums: David Degami

Drums: Maya Cohen

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The ensemble plays this band's material while learning the idea of playing. The material learned deals with rhythm and time, and touches on improvisation. Students internalize the style and musical content through a personal style of playing. 


Feb. 7, 2021: Miles Davis Ensemble led by Steve Peskoff

Bass guitar: Udi Ohana

Jazz guitar: Dekel Yaish

Jazz trumpet: Guy Gurvitz

Jazz saxophone: Daniel Kapli

Jazz piano: Ira Ramon

Drums: Eviatar Yarden

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The Miles Davis Ensemble intends to explore the music of Mr. Davis by playing
music he recorded and performed in various stages of his evolution.


Feb. 7, 2021: Guitar Ensemble led by Yossi Levy

Bass guitar: Raoul Kanias

Jazz guitar: Maor Wahab

Jazz guitar: Roi Felis

Jazz guitar: Eliyahu Benayoun

Jazz guitar: Roi Kagan

Drums: Yoav Teneh

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The term "guitar ensemble" sounds suspicious. This ensemble is like a Big Band. Each guitar has its own role, to read from the page and play in concert, something usually done with wind instruments. It's a challenge for guitarists.

This ensemble started as four independent guitarists – joined by the bass and drums, they produce a unified and coordinated sound.


Feb. 10, 2021: Original Music Ensemble led by Yaki Levy

Jazz guitar: Ariel Kadosh

Jazz saxophone: Yuval Drabkin

Jazz piano: Amitai Walburger

Jazz bassoon: Afik Ashkenazi

Drums: Bar Levy

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During the semester, students played, improvised, learned and analyzed pieces by great jazz composers from all periods.

Students are required to compose their own original pieces, inspired by various composers, and to submit them every week. They expand their knowledge of harmony, polyrhythm, modulation and more.

At the end of every semester, each student submits an original composition, emphasizing authenticity and use of compositional material studied.


Feb. 14, 2021: Jackie McLean Ensemble led by Katia Tubol

Bass guitar: Tair Bar Or

Piano: Matan Shani

Jazz trumpet: Guy Gurvitz

Jazz saxophone: Nimrod Katz

Drums: Eviatar Shapira

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The ensemble plays music written by saxophonist Jackie McLean and his ensemble members in the hard bop era.

The ensemble works on gaining an in-depth familiarity with the style, sound and language of the time.