Israeli Saxophonist to Play at Teaneck Concert

Teaneck's Puffin Cultural Forum will host CD release concert in June

The following announcement was submitted by Puffin Cultural Forum: 

Saxophonist and composer, Uri Gurvich, will present his new album, “BabEl,” just released for the prestigious label Tzadik Records, as well as arrangements of traditional Jewish music. Uri,who studied under Joe Lovano, was hailed as a major new voice in jazz by “All Music Guide.”  He has performed all over the world including the Blue Note and Lincoln Center in NYC and major jazz festivals in Europe, South America and Japan. Uri will be joined by Asen Doykin (piano), Peter Slavov (bass) and Ronen Itzik (drums), each a successful performer in his own right.  Uri’s work places Israeli, Yemenite, East European and North African music into a progressive jazz context and celebrates Uri’s cultural background.  $10 suggested donation. Reservations recommended: tix@puffinfoundation.org. Saturday, June 8 8 p.m. The  Puffin Cultural Forum is at 20 Puffin Way (off Teaneck Rd.) in Teaneck. Call 201-836-3499 or visit www.PuffinCulturalForum.org.
Uri Gurvich, born and raised in Israel, was a member of the Tel Aviv Jazz Orchestra and at age 19, won the prestigious Jazz Player of the Year competition. In 2002, he was selected to represent Israel in the European Jazz Orchestra and toured Europe with world-renowned British composer Django Bates. Shortly after, Uri received a scholarship to the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he graduated with honors. Subsequently he moved to NYC, where he lives now. For the past two years Uri has received the ASCAPLUS award from the American Society of Composers, which recognizes up and coming jazz composers. Active as an educator, Uri gives clinics in the US, Europe, Israel and Japan. Recently, he joined the stellar Cuban jazz drummer Francisco Mela in his latest project, Cuban Safari, which debuted at the JVC Jazz Festival, NYC. Uri is an in-demand saxophonist who won acclaim as a bandleader with his debut album, “The Storyteller,” released on Tzadik records. 

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