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David Broza at Town Hall NY

This very special show at the Town Hall will begin with only David on stage.  Although a commanding presence by himself, with each new song he will introduce a band member or group of band members, layering a bolero-style cresciendo on the audience.  Every newly-introduced musician brings their instrument to a level of expertise and sensory delight.   With guitars, drums, percussion, keyboard, piano, recorder and vocals, the audience will be mesmerized by the depth of fluency and youthful, hip energy on stage.  The shared joy of the musicians is both captivating and addictive.  Adding to this mix are special guests qanun-player Ali Paris and Spyro Gyra saxophonist Jay Beckenstein, as well as a few unannounced surprise guests.  A spectacular and wonderful evening lies in store.
David Broza
Israeli superstar David Broza is considered one of the world';s most dynamic and vibrant performers.  From his whirlwind finger picking to Flamenco percussion and rhythms, to a signature rock and roll sound, David Broza';s charismatic and energetic performances have delighted audiences throughout the world. More than singer/songwriter, David Broza is also known for his commitment and dedication to several humanitarian projects, predominantly, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Since 1977, when his hit song "Yihye Tov" first hit the airwaves, David Broza has been working to promote a message of peace.  The song';s lyrics, roughly translated as "Things Will Be Better" struck at the heart of the issue - that people all over the world want peace.  Now with a string of multi-platinum albums behind him, David Broza still strives to hone this message.
Broza was awarded a Spanish medal of honor by the King of Spain, Juan Carlos I, for his longtime contribution to Israel-Spain relations and his promotion of tolerance.  He has also been named a Good Will Ambassador for U.N.I.C.E.F. 
A powerful musician, passionate peace advocate and music industry innovator, David Broza awes and inspires audiences with his sincere message and musical allure.
Jay Beckenstein
Jay B. Beckenstein is a saxophone player, smooth jazz artist and together with Jeremy Wall founder of Spyro Gyra, and owner of BearTracks Studios in Suffern, New York.
He also played the saxophone solo on American progressive metal band Dream Theater';s "Another Day", from the album Images and Words and single version of song "Through her Eyes", from the album Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory. He also played a solo part in "Take Away My Pain" on the live album Once in a Livetime as well as "Another Day" during the performance of Metropolis 2000: Scenes from New York. 
Jay Beckenstein was born in Long Island, New York to a Jewish family, his mother, Lorraine, was an opera singer and his father, Leonard, loved jazz and introduced him to Charlie Parker and Lester Young when he was a baby. He started playing the piano at age 5 when he moved to Farmingdale, LI. He was given his first saxophone at the age of 7. In his senior year of high school, he and his family moved to Germany. He attended and graduated from N?rnberg American High School in 1969. He has spoken that being Jewish in Germany was positive at the time. However, he has recalled that he once saw an old photo of an elderly neighbor in his SS Nazi uniform while visiting him and he never went back. He received a BA in music from the University at Buffalo in 1973. Trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie once played with the college band while Beckenstein was a band member.
It was in college during summer breaks that he and an old high school friend, Jeremy Wall, played gigs around Long Island. It was until they played at a bar that they came up with spirogyra after looking at it written on a piece of paper under a microsope, but the bar owner misspelled it. Beckenstein has said, "It sounds like what we do - like a lot of motion and stuff". They soon recruited then-16-year-old keyboardist Tom Schuman and worked on recording their debut album. However, due to lack of funds, the record was going to be their last album until they gave it away and sold 100,000 copies. From there, they got a deal and released their next album in 1979. In 2000, Beckenstein released his first solo album, Eye Contact, which charted #23 on the Top Contemporary Jazz Albums.
Beckenstein plays alto, soprano and tenor saxophone. In the early years of Spyro Gyra he played a Selmer Mark VI alto saxophone, before changing to Yamaha in the 1980s. Until the late 1990s he played a Yamaha YAS-62 alto (Beechler White Diamond S6S mouthpiece and Vandoren No. 3½ reeds) and YSS-62 (Selmer C* mouthpiece) soprano saxophones.[3] However, he subsequently switched to instruments made by LA Sax. His current alto is the "Chicago Jazz" model by LA Sax,[4] fitted with a Beechler White Diamond S6S mouthpiece and Vandoren Traditional No. 3 Reeds. His soprano is a KeilwerthSX90 with a black-nickel finish and gold hardware, fitted with a Selmer C* mouthpiece and Vandoren Traditional No. 3 reeds. His "burnished brass" finish tenor is also made by LA Sax. Beckenstein is an endorser of Orpheo flutes, clarinets, and saxophones.
Ali Paris
"One of the most eclectic and diverse artists" ~ Alicia Keys
"Unrivaled unique artist"  ~ Quincy Jones
Ali Paris captivates audiences worldwide with his unique fusion of Middle Eastern and Western music styles highlighted by both technical virtuosity and emotional expression. He accompanies his singing with his instrument, the Qanun, a rare 76-string zither that dates back to the 14th century and is played by only a handful of people across the globe. Ali';s music education began at the age of 5 in his native countries of Morocco and Palestine studying Arabic traditional music with master Simon Shaheen. He quickly became known as a child prodigy, performing by age 9 and touring internationally by the age of 12. 
Since then he has received multiple International awards including the Artist of the Year (2005-2008) and has expanded his musical career exponentially, relocating to the United States to earn his degree at the prestigious Berklee College of Music.  He has collaborated with a long list of world-renowned artists such as Alicia Keys, Quincy Jones, Javier Limon and Bobby McFerrin. His solo performances have reached diverse audiences from the Newport to the Istanbul Jazz Festival and from the White House to the Royal Palace in Jordan to play for both the President of Palestine and the Queen of Jordan. He has appeared as a soloist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Michigan Philharmonic and is featured in the renowned Grammy-winning Spanish documentary "Entre2aguas"and the Hollywood movie "Noah", These appearances were the first to feature the Qanun as a multi-genre instrument on a grand scale. Ali has also collaborated with numerous world-renowned artists to benefit the work of doctors without borders and keep a child alive including a duet song with Spanish star Alejandro Sanz that has funded many humanitarian projects in Africa & the Middle-East.
Ali Paris tours extensively with his group "Ali Paris Quartet". These performances are marked not only for their brilliant musical genius, but also for their exploration of fertile ground in the crossover between eastern and western cultures and music genres.
Alon Albagli
Originally from Israel, guitarist and composer Alon Albagli (30) works and lives in New York City.   He has established himself as a remarkable voice on his instrument and has shared the stage with notables from the improvised music scene including Ari Hoenig and JoJo Kuo (Fela Kuti).  Not bound by a single genre, Alon instead draws from a multitude of styles. His love for folk, rock as well as classical music is embedded in his improvising and writing. This eclectic taste is evidenced by collaborations with Grammy nominated producer Jonathan Dagan (J Viewz) as well as Lee Bannon (Ninja Tune Records). The early guidance of renowned author and educator Joseph Urshalmi rooted Alon in the classical guitar tradition. Its intricate melodic and harmonic language remained a strong influence throughout his musical life. In order to further his studies, Alon relocated to New York in 2008. He received a scholarship from the New School where he was able to take lessons from esteemed jazz laureates such as Reggie Workman, Junior Mance,Ben Street and Sam Yahel.  It wasn';t long before Alon started to perform regularly at some of the most established venues in the city as well as internationally.Establishing and maintaining a strong sense of community has always been important to Alon. His highly anticipated debut record Only Mountains embraces this sensibility.  Alon is responsible for the entirety of the compositions, but the artistic process of committing the music to tape was very much a collaborative effort.  The record is due for release this spring. In the mean time, Alon will keep a busy schedule performing in the city and abroad.  
Yuval Lion
Yuval is a New York based drummer. Lion has worked with some of the world';s most distinguished rock, pop, r&b and jazz artists including Chrissie Hynde, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, Trixie Whitley, Meshell Ndgeocello, Martha and Rufus Wainwright, Lionel Loueke, Hyndi Zahra. and most recently with  David Byrne, Suzzane Vega and Cibo Matto.
Uri Kleinman
Uri is a bassist musician who grew up in Rehovot Israel. He studied music at the Rimon Collage for Jazz and contemporary music and quickly started playing and recording in the Israeli music  scene. Later on Uri started working as a music director and producer for popular TV shows. He moved to New York in 2011 and is now working in the Big Apple as a bassist and record producer for different artists from Israel and the US. 
Yonadav Halevy
British-Israeli drummer Yonadav Halevy was born in Haifa in 1981, where he began playing drums at age 7 for the municipal Youth Orchestra. He later shifted his attention to jazz music and began performing professionally at 16 in various straight-ahead, avant-garde, Latin, electric, small and big band settings. In 1997 Halevy joined saxophonist and jazz education guru Arnie Lawrence';s band and for 6 years toured with Lawrence';s many projects, combining jazz and Arabic music.  He also performed continually across Israel as well as internationally, accompanying visiting artists from Max Roach and James Moody to Mark Whitfield. In 1999 he was granted the status of "outstanding musician" by the ministry of culture and thus served in the first IDF Jazz band. 
He also taught high school jazz history and jazz ensembles and has worked with Sheila Jordan, Joel Frahm, Omer Avital, Jason Lindner, Vincent Herring, Donny McCaslin, Avishai Cohen, Aaron Goldberg, David Binney, Tim Berne, Dana Leong, Michael Blake, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, Pharaoh';s Daughter, Frank London, 9 Volt, Zion80, Firewater, Sandcatchers, and McClain Sullivan. Yonadav leads post-funk band The Apples whose collaborations include trombonist Fred Wesley and Real World Records and is a member of live NYC hip hop collective Spokinn Movement.
Tammy Scheffer
Vocalist and composer Tammy Scheffer has been a creative voice in NYC';s vibrant jazz scene for almost a decade. Most recently she released a new EP with Morning Bound, an adventurous jazz-rock trio that was hailed by the Chicago Tribune as "innovative, provocative and alluring". She is also the leader of the Tammy Scheffer Sextet, whose album "Wake Up, Fall Asleep" was hand-picked by renowned saxophonist Greg Osby for his Inner Circle Music. Scheffer performed at the Jazz Standard in NYC, Revoice Festival in London, San Sebastian Jazz Festival in Spain, Millennium Stage in DC and many other premier stages.
Shaul Eshet
Shaul Eshet is a pianist, keyboardist, composer and producer who grew up in Jerusalem.
Eshet performed and recorded with some of Israel';s leading musicians such as Danny Sanderson, Shtei Ha';nevooha , Ha';Dag Nahash, Tomer Yosef, Karolina, Ha';banot Nechama and many more.
These days Shaul is part of the NYC music scene and is constantly recording and touring in the US and worldwide.
Eden Ladin
Eden was born in New-York City and raised in Tel-Aviv, Israel. In August 2008, after winning the "America-Israel Cultural Foundation" prestigious scholarship for jazz performance studies abroad, Eden moved to NYC to attend "The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music" .
 Eden has performed, toured and recorded with artists such as Wallace Roney, Avishai Cohen, Ari Hoenig, Myron Walden, Antonio S?nchez, Antoine Roney, Darren Barrett, Kimberly Thompson, Mike Clark, Joel Frahm, John and Ellis to name a few. He played in some of the top venues in NYC and constantly touring in festivals and venues across the USA, Europe and Asia. Eden';s debut album "Yequm" was released in 2016.  Notable discography : Wallace Roney - "Understanding",  Philip Dizack - "Single Soul",  Myron Walden - "Momentum Live".
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Posted on: Nov 16, 2016 3:45 AM