Friday 17th May 2019
£20.00 - £47.50
Eli Degibri : Tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone
Tom Oren : Piano
Tamir Shmerling : Bass
Eviatar Slivnik : Drums
About Eli Degibri
The internationally recognized saxophonist-composer-bandleader, Eli Degibri, possesses many gifts as a musician. He boasts a seemingly bottomless fount of artistry as a composer and a band leader, and is a recipient of the honorary Israeli “Prime Minister Award for Jazz Composition", recognizing his great talent as a melodic composer, and the "Landau Award for Jazz Performance", recognizing his achievement as a remarkable band leader.
Degibri has recorded and performed extensively since the mid 1990s. He has been called, "an exceptionally melodic improviser with a big, bold tenor tone" (Bill Milkowski, JazzTimes), and “a bewitching fellow who shows impressive chops, as both a player and a composer." (Karl Stark, The Philadelphia Inquirer). Jazz icon Herbie Hancock added that Degibri is, "a very talented composer, arranger, and performer", one who’s music, "treads uncharted waters", and that the saxophonist-composer, “has the potential to be a formidable force in the evolution of jazz."
Degibri’s gifts, his immense talents, were earned, molded and burnished from sharing stages as an integral member of legendary pianist Herbie Hancock’s sextet (1999-2002) and legendary drummer Al Foster’s band (2002-2011), and leading bands consisting of musicians Aaron Goldberg, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Ben Street, Jeff Ballard, Kevin Hays, Gary Versace, and Obed Calvaire, resulting in seven critically-acclaimed recordings under his name.
Substantiating these accolades, in April of 2012, Degibri was invited to be a part of UNESCO’s first International Jazz Day at the UN General Assembly in New York, alongside many of the finest jazz musicians in the world.
Degibri is presently focusing exclusively on leading his own band and playing his original compositions. He is now engaged in the long-standing tradition of mentorship in the jazz world; his current quartet consists of three young, promising and swinging musicians, the pianist Tom Oren, drummer Eviatar Slivnik and bassist Tamir Shmerling.
Degibri's latest recording, Cliff Hangin', was released in late 2015 and received a rare 5 stars review from the prestigious DownBeat magazine. He is currently in production on his next project: A tribute to legendary saxophonist and one of Degibri's biggest inspirations, Hank Mobley, and specifically to Mobley's masterpiece record, Soul Station.
Support: Fergus McCreadie Trio
FERGUS McCREADIE piano
DAVID BOWDEN bass
STEPHEN HENDERSON drums
Awarded the ‘Best Instrumentalist’ Award at the Scottish Jazz Awards aged only 20, Fergus McCreadie is one of Scotland’s most exciting young artists. For the past 4 years, he has been a mainstay of the Glasgow, Edinburgh, Fife, Aberdeen and Islay Jazz Festivals. His debut album with his trio, ‘Turas,’ has been praised for ‘reflecting his engagement with the Scottish landscape and musical tradition while also showing a firm grasp of the Jazz Piano tradition.’ (Jazz In Europe) He is also a member of Graham Costello’s STRATA, described as ‘groovy yet cerebral’ by BBC Radio Scotland, and of the Mark Hendry Octet and the Matthew Carmichael Quartet, both of whom have recently released their debut album. He is also a frequent sideman to electronic artist Werkha, having travelled to Estonia recently to perform with the band. As well as the Best Instrumentalist award, Fergus is a winner of the coveted Peter Wittingham Jazz Award, the Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the year u17s Prize, the Guy Jones, Joe Temperly and George Duncan prizes from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and the Linda Trahan Memorial Prize from St Andrews University. He has also been featured on BBC Radio Scotland regularly over the past 4 years, and has appeared alongside Bob Mintzer, Mike Stern, Iain Ballamy, Tommy Smith, Kestustis Vaiginis, Pat from Hue and Cry, Mario Caribe, Paul Towndrow and Alyn Cosker
"Precocious talent may abound in circles but it is rare that they elicit such a warm and positive feeling...compositions that are impeccably played, memorable and thought provoking by turns." – Jazz Views
“Simply outstanding” – Jazzwise
“A virtuosic technique…high in emotional depth” – Tommy Smith
“Think Erik Satie running on Islay Malt rather than Absinthe” – The Scotsman
“Prodigious, cascading technique while communicating warmth of personality” – The Herald
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