The Jazz at the Arsenal series features Berklee faculty artists. This month's concert features assistant chair of the Percussion Department Yoron Israel and his band High Standards. The group features Lance Bryant on sax, Laszlo Gardony on keyboard, John Lockwood on bass, and Yoron Israel on drums.
Yoron Israel, a native Chicagoan, is one of the most gifted musicians of his generation. His exciting and tasteful drumming, along with his compositional talents, are spotlighted throughout his fine recordings, Basic Traneing (Ronja Music Company), Chicago (Double Time), Live at the Blue Note (Half Note), A Gift for You (Ronja Music Company), and the soon-to-be-released So Wonderful: The Music of Stevie Wonder.
All of these fine works have received enthusiastic praise from journalists, musical peers, and fans alike. They represent the extensive depth of Yoron Israel's musicianship as he continues to evolve as a leader. He brings his unique influences and experiences in jazz, world styles, gospel, funk, R&B, and orchestral idioms full circle with his compositions, arrangements, repertoire, and ensemble concepts. His musical vision is that of connection and communication, providing music to be enjoyed by all. As Jack DeJohnette says, "A Gift for You is a sparkling musical offering from a drummer who has good taste. He has a sense of direction and a feeling of joy in his drumming, compositions, and arrangements. Yoron Israel is an important voice you should listen to."
In addition to his varied projects as a bandleader, Israel's brilliant musicality, intensity, and versatility are appreciated worldwide, through consistent performances at prestigious concerts, notable festivals, and prominent clubs as well as on more than 150 major recordings as an accompanist. Otis Clay, Shirley Caesar, Kenny Burrell, Horace Silver, Sonny Rollins, Abbey Lincoln, Ahmad Jamal, Benny Golson, Curtis Fuller, Clark Terry, Joe Henderson, Bobby Hutchinson, Art Farmer, Freddie Hubbard, Jimmy Heath, Cedar Walton, Grover Washington, Freddie Cole, Tony Bennett, Joe Williams, Pharoah Sanders, David "Fathead" Newman, Red Holloway, Larry Coryell, Doctor Lonnie Smith, Bennie Wallace, Joe Lovano, Tom Harrell, Vanessa Rubin, Kevin Mahogany, Roy Hargrove, Bill Mays, James Williams, Cyrus Chestnut, Joshua Redman, and Jay Hoggard are among the numerous artists that he has worked with.
Additionally, he has maintained a busy schedule performing and recording with many outstanding Boston-based artists, since moving his move from New York in 2000, including the Macanda Project, Laszlo Gardony, Marco Pignatoro, Stan Strickland, Donna McElroy, Gabrielle Goodman, Shawn Monterro, and Lance Bryant. Additionally, he has become a first-call accompanist for a wide range of artists appearing in the New England area; this list includes Abraham Laboriel, Eddie Gomez, Ernie Andrews, Frank Morgan, Joanne Brackeen, Eliane Elias, Larry Goldings, Ann Hampton Callaway, Jane Ira Bloom, Greg Osby, Clark Terry, and Joey DeFrancesco, among numerous others.