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Uri Gurvich

A critically acclaimed musician, New York-based saxophonist and composer Uri Gurvich has been called "a new major voice in jazz" (All Music Guide). Gurvich will bring his quartet to the Yardbird Suite to celebrate their recent release “BabEl” on John Zorn's label, Tzadik Records, featuring Asen Doykin on piano, Peter Slavov on bass, and world-renowned Cuban drummer Francisco Mela.

Born and raised in Israel, Uri Gurvich won the Jazz Player of the Year competition before relocating to Boston to attend Berklee College of Music studying under Joe Lovano. Gurvich is an in-demand saxophonist who won great acclaim as a bandleader with his Tzadik Records debut “The Storyteller”. The disc places Israeli, Yemenite, East European, and North African music in a progressive jazz context.

In 2013, Uri released “BabEl” featuring mainly his own compositions which rely heavily on motifs from Israeli and Arabic music but also from the musical tradition of Sephardic Jews. Influences on the CD range from Latin jazz to tango to modal jazz to rock. Jazz has done more to bridge the world’s folk music traditions than any other genre and “BabEl” is a perfect example of this synthesis.

"Jazz is an indigenous American art form, but it is also a thoroughly global enterprise. And few of the music's practitioners embody its universality more completely than saxophonist Uri Gurvich" -- Phillip Lutz, Downbeat

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