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Eli Degibri Quartet
November 12, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm| $18 – $20
Eli Degibri Quartet – Eviatar Slivnik on drums, Tamir Shmerlink on bass, and Tom Oren and Piano.
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 bandleader. In May 2016, Eli had the honor of performing at the White House for International Jazz Day.
Known for his charismatic performances, 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 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 two young and promising musicians, the pianist Tom Oren and the drummer Eviatar Slivnik, together with Degibri’s longtime music collaborator and best friend, the bassist Tamir Shmerlink.