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Ferber, Mordy

Ferber, Mordy, guitar; b. 26 August 1958. His father, Leon Ferber (Born:  December 28, 1919 in Poland) lives in Haifa, Israel. His mother, Zipora Ferber (Born:  October 5, 1929 in Romania), lives in Haifa, Israel. His sister, Hana Ferber Greene, (Born:  September 26, 1954), lives in Ramat-Gan, Israel. Born in a small town in northern Israel, Mordy Ferber began his musical journey as a singer at the age of 10. He formed a trio and performed at school events and small concerts in his hometown. At the age of 12, after picking up a guitar at the home of a family friend, he decided to take some formal guitar lessons; that lasted almost a year. The only teacher available to him in the area taught classical music, not his first choice of at that time.

At first, he was into rock and roll and was part of a band until he was about 17 that toured the country and did cover songs by Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Cream, the Beatles, Santana and others. Hearing Django Reinhardt influenced him into getting into jazz. He transcribed Django's music and solos and later did the same thing with other jazz guitarists like Charlie Christian, Joe Pass, Wes Montgomery and Jim Hall. He eventually had an opportunity to perform Django's music for two weeks in France."

At the age of 18, Mordy joined the army, a three-year obligation of every Israeli citizen. The first two months were spent in combat training. He soon realized that if he wanted to play the guitar again, he would have to join an army band, regardless of the music, as long as it was a guitar and not a gun. For the rest of the two years and 10 months, he toured the country as part of the military's entertainment unit giving concerts to other soldiers in remote areas both inside and out of the country.

After the army, Mordy quickly became one of Israel's top musicians, performing on numerous records for CBS (Sony) Israel and appearing regularly on radio and television shows. He performed with Jerry Lewis at this time as well. At 23, Mordy received a full scholarship to Berklee College of Music in Boston and immigrated to the United States. He graduated in 1987 with full honors and received the prestigious Jim Hall award for outstanding musicianship. "

Mordy moved to New York City in 1990. He has performed and recorded with artists such as Michael Brecker, Jack DeJohnette, Eddie Gomez, Peter Erskine, Bob Mintzer, Dave Liebman, Miroslav Vitous, Nana Vasconcelos, Bob Moses, Richie Beirach, Tiger Okoshi, George Garzone, Adam Nussbaum, Richard Bona, Will Lee, Larry Coryell, Joe Beck, Matt Garrison, and Billy Hart to name a few.

New York is where Mordy makes his home while touring the world performing in places like Porgy and Bess in Vienna, Boston Globe Jazz Festival, Jerusalem Amphitheatre in Israel, L"Air du Temps in Montreal, the Santorini Jazz Festival in Greece, and the Blue Note in Japan. A few of his favorite places to go back to year after year are the Du Maurier Jazz Festival in Toronto and the Blue Note in New York.

Mordy does commission work for television shows, promos, and movies. He is currently a faculty member at New York University and the New School University. In addition, he is currently working with the Berklee College of Music on his book/DVD titled, "Make the Tune Your Best Friend". His many years of teaching experience have included private instruction and master classes in improvisation technique, harmony and composition worldwide. From 1982-1986 he was a student-teacher at Berklee in Boston. From 1992 to 1996 he taught at the American Institute for Guitar and served as Chairman of the Guitar Department at the Sam Ash Institute in New York City.

Mordy's endorsements include D'Addario strings/cables, Mesa Boogie amps, Ibanez, Godin, and Cort guitars.

All the Way to Sendai (1990); Mr. X (2000, with Jack DeJohnette, Eddie Gomez, Dave Liebman); Being There (2004, with Michael Brecker, Peter Erskine, Eddie Gomez)
As sideperson:
Peter Herbert:  Nathan (1992); Ole Mathiesen:  Adrenaline Augment (1998); Matthew Garrison:  Family (2000)

Television and film work:
ABC: Norm Show, All My Children, General Hospital, Miss American Pageant, Boy Meets World, Grammy Awards, One Life to Live; NBC: Veronica's Closet, Jay Leno, Beverly Hills 90210; CBS: The Young and the Restless; WPIX: Everybody Loves Raymond, Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Felicity; HBO: The Sopranos, Chris Rock Special, New Adventures of Laurel and Hardy, The Guilty; Cinemax: Primary Suspect; Showtime: Chris Isaak; Nickelodeon: Brothers Garcia; MSNBC: Headliners and Legends; VH1: Fashion Awards; Sundance: Hollywood Scenes; The District; Judging Amy; Preview Channel; Showtime; International: Keep on Dancing, New York Jewish Film Festival, Israel; Song for Mitzy. May in Paris; Heaven in Your Eyes: Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Germany, Norway, Sweden (International); Scared at Bedtime:  Australia, Canada, Finland, France, Ireland, Japan, Netherlands, Singapore, Spain; Auto Racing CBS:  Canada; Paradis d'Enfer:  France; Triptiek:  South Africa; I Need You Tonight:  Hungary, Italy, Spain

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