Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival Yoron Israel: David "Fathead" Newman Tribute

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Saturday / September 26, 2009 / 3:00 p.m.
Berklee Stage
732 Columbus Ave.
United States
Yoron Israel

Drummer, percussionist, composer, band leader, and educator, Yoron Israel, a native Chicagoan, is one of the most gifted and sought-after musicians in the music industry today.

Israel's exciting and tasteful drumming, along with his compositional talents, are spotlighted throughout his CDs. They are: Basic Traneing (Ronja Music Company), Chicago (Double Time), Live at the Blue Note (Half Note), A Gift for You (Ronja Music Company) He brings his unique influences and experiences in the jazz, Latin, gospel, funk, r&b, and orchestral idioms full circle with his compositions, arrangements, repertoire, and ensemble concepts. Israel is the assistant chair of percussion at Berklee College of Music. 

Over the past 10 years, Israel has performed regularly with the late David "Fathead" Newman in a variety of settings. He is featured on Newman's last four recordings. Joining Yoron in his septet for the BeanTown Jazz Festival will be a number of other great musicians with long associations with Newman and his music, including Marcus Belgrave (trumpet), Curtis Fuller (trombone), Howard Johnson (baritone saxophone), Bill Easley (flute, tenor, and alto saxophones), Dave Leonhardt (piano), and John Menegon (bass).

David "Fathead" Newman, legendary saxophonist/flutist and composer, was a prominent member of the Ray Charles band in the fifties and sixties and a renowned bandleader in his own right thereafter. He passed away on January 20, 2009 at age 75.

For more information visit Israel's website

See the full Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival schedule.