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Israel, Yoron (Dael)

Israel, Yoron (Dael), drummer, percussionist, composer, educator; b. Chicago, IL, 24 November 1963. He received his Master of Music degree from Rutgers University in 1997 (New Brunswick, NJ) and Bachelor of Music degree from Roosevelt University in 1986 (Chicago IL). He has performed worldwide at concerts, notable festivals, prominent clubs and on more than 100 recordings as a sideperson. Otis Clay, Shirley Caesar, Kenny Burrell, Horace Silver, Sonny Rollins, Abbey Lincoln, Ahmad Jamal, Benny Golson, Curtis Fuller, Clark Terry, Joe Henderson, Art Farmer, Freddie Hubbard, Jimmy Heath, Grover Washington, Freddie Cole, Tony Bennett, Joe Williams, Pharoah Sanders, Larry Coryell, Jay Hoggard, Joe Lovano, Tom Harrell, Larry Coryell, Vanessa Rubin, Kevin Mahogany, Roy Hargrove, Cyrus Chestnut and Joshua Redman are among the numerous artists that he has worked with. He has also performed with a number of large ensembles and orchestras including the Frank Wess Orchestra, the Mingus Big Band, the Chicago Civic Orchestra as well as a variety of pit orchestras for theater productions. Yoron was a regular touring member of the late James Williams's ICU and still tours with David "Fathead" Newman.

Since 2000, he has maintained a busy schedule performing and recording with many outstanding Boston based artists, such as pianists Laszlo Gardony and Donal Fox. He has become a first call accompanist for a wide range of artists appearing in the New England area; this list includes Ann Hampton Callaway, Larry Goldings, Jane Ira Bloom and Phil Markowitz, among others. He works as a leader as well, and for select engagements, Yoron has showcased the talents of Tom Harrell, James Williams, Steve Turre, Stefon Harris, Miles Griffith, Antonio Hart, Eric Alexander, Amina Claudine Meyers and Joe Lovano.

Yoron Israel is currently the Assistant Chair of Percussion at Berklee College of Music, Boston MA. Formerly on the faculty at Rutgers University-Newark, William Paterson University and the New School, Yoron continues to teach privately, conduct clinics, workshops, residencies and music camps throughout the world. These include presentations at The 2003 International Association of Jazz Educators Convention, The 2001 Percussive Arts Society International Convention, Young Audiences of New Jersey (1994 - 2000), The Vermont Jazz Camp (1990 - 1997) and The Litchfield Music School (1998 and 1999).

Recordings:
A Gift For You; Yoron Israel & Organic: Chicago (With Joe Lovano); Yoron Israel & Connection; Yoron Israel & Organic;

He has made over 100 recordings as a sideperson with Joe Henderson, Grover Washington, Freddie Hubbard, Kenny Burrell Stanley Turrentine, Danny Gatton, Abbey Lincoln, Frank Foster, Milt Hinton, Harry Connick Jr., Dianne Reeves, Monty Alexander, Joe Lovano, Bobby Watson, Joshua Redman, and many others.

Bibliography:
Down Beat, Jazz Times, Modern Drummer, Stick It, Percussive Notes New York Times, Boston Globe, Boston Herald

Contact information:
Ronja Music Company
PO Box 405
New York, NY 10116
Tel: 212-629-2058
Fax: 508-586-7879
Email: ronjamusic1@earthlink.net

www.yoronisrael.com
yoron@yoronisrael.com

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