“With Yoron Israel, you’re guaranteed exemplary taste and deep swing, no matter what the groove.”
– Jeff Potter, Modern Drummer Magazine
“Israel belongs to the select group of drummers, Art Blakey, Max Roach, Paul Motian and Ronald Shannon Jackson among them – who approach bandleading with fresh and distinctive vision. In both his playing and his writing he avoids clutter, and he has succeeded in creating a band very much in his own image; embracing traditional values without aping past designs. It has a spare, concise quality even at its busiest.”
– Neil Tesser, Chicago Reader
“A drummer who has good taste, a sense of direction and a feeling of joy in his drumming, compositions and arrangements. Yoron Israel, in my mind, is an important voice you should listen to.”
– Jack DeJohnette
From the latest Recording “This Moment” Live in Boston, featuring Yoron Israel and High Standards
Drummer | Percussionist | Educator | Bandleader | Composer | Author
Yoron Israel’s varied credentials and illustrious career includes 12 recordings as a leader and over 200 recordings as an accompanist. His latest release, This Moment – Live in Boston has received rave reviews, and Visions – The Music of Stevie Wonder was among Jazz Week’s top 100 recordings of 2012.
Other releases on his record label, Ronja Music, are A Gift for You and Basic Traneing. The latter reached number three on the National Jazz Charts in 2004. As co-leader of the Frank Walton/Yoron Israel Sextet, Live in Chicago (Hal-Wal Records) is another prolific recording that captured the ensemble in an inspired performance at the University of Chicago in 2014.
When not performing with his quartet, High Standards, or other Yoron Israel-led projects including Organic and Connection, Yoron performs regularly with vibraphonist Laszlo Gardony, Ann Hampton Callaway, in addition to numerous premiere Boston-based artists such as The Makanda Project, large ensemble, vocalists Gabrielle Goodman and Donna McElroy and Multi-Instrumentalist Akili Jamal Haynes.
Yoron has performed, toured internationally and, recorded with such renowned artists as, Sonny Rollins, Ahmad Jamal, Horace Silver, Art Farmer, Abbey Lincoln, Tony Bennett, David “Fathead” Newman, Kenny Burrell, Clifford Jordan, Jim Hall, Gloria Lynn, James Williams, Cedar Walton, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Oliver Lake, Eddie Gomez, Eliane Elias, Red Holloway, Larry Coryell, Joe Lovano, Tom Harrell, Roy Hargrove, Vanessa Rubin, Cyrus Chestnut, and Avery Sharpe, among numerous others.
Currently working on a Doctorate Degree from Liberty University; Yoron earned his Masters of Music degree from Rutgers University (New Brunswick, NJ) and Bachelor of Music degree from Roosevelt University (Chicago IL). He is currently Chair & Professor of Percussion at Berklee College of Music.
He has been teaching on the collegiate level since 1992, as a faculty member at Rutgers University, William Paterson University, and Mannes College – The New School For Music. He is also the Pastor of Music and Arts at Destiny Life Center International Church, Brockton, MA.
Yoron continues to present music camps, clinics, and workshops across the world. His educational DVD, Creative Improvisation for the Drum Set, published by Hal Leonard and Berklee Press, continues to receive admiral reviews throughout the industry.
He has authored the highly popular Berklee Online course, entitled Drumset Fundamentals, and is currently working on two books that are planned for publication in 2018. Additionally, Yoron is the founder and producer of the concert series “Jazz in the Sanctuary–South Shore”
Yoron endorses Sonor Drums, Zildjian Cymbals, Evans Drum Heads, Vic Firth Drumsticks, Mallets, and Brushes, Cympad, Foam Cymbal Pads, Earthworks Microphones, and Prologix Percussion Practice Pads.
For more information visit: www.yoronisrael.com
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