Past Events

 Saturday, February 12, 2022 – 5:00 to 7:30 PM – CD Release Celebration of “New Dreams” – presented by Green Street Baptist Church, Melrose, MA 02176
Green Street Baptist Church
179 Green Street
Melrose, MA 02176
(781) 665-7331
The live show is SOLD OUT but you can access the show via LIVESTREAM by using this link:
This exciting evening of world-class music will feature internationally acclaimed Master Drummer/Percussionist/Composer/Arranger/Band Leader/Educator/Author and Recording Artist Yoron Israel, along with saxophonist Marco Pignataro, pianist Alex Minasian and bassist Vince DuPont.
“New Dreams” is a work that was completed during the pandemic that celebrates human resilience and our varied aspirations toward new hope and replenished joy.
Saturday, December 4, 2021 – 6:00 to 8:00 PM – Jazz in the Sanctuary –  South Shore 2021 (Hybrid Concert) – Messiah Baptist Church
Messiah Baptist Church
80 Legion Parkway
Brockton, MA 02301
Master Drummer Yoron Israel Presents “Jazz in the Sanctuary – South Shore” The 2021 Live and Virtual Edition and CD Release Celebration of “New Dreams”.

After a successful launch of the “Jazz in The Sanctuary – South Shore” concert series in 2017, it has been an annual event at Messiah Baptist Church, 80 Legion Parkway, Brockton MA. This year’s concert will be available both live and virtually, on Saturday, December 4, 6:00 PM.

This exciting evening of world-class music will feature internationally acclaimed Master Drummer/Percussionist/Composer/Arranger/Band Leader/Educator/Author and Recording Artist Yoron Israel, along with vocalist Nedelka Prescod, saxophonist Bill Pierce, violinist David Eure, bassist Vince Dupont and pianist Alex Minasian, who are featured on Yoron Israel’s recent recording, entitled “New Dreams.” A work that was completed during the pandemic that celebrates human resilience and our varied aspirations toward new hope and replenished joy.

This promises to be another great addition to world-class music targeted for all ages. Eric Jackson, The Voice of WGBH, Jazz Radio, Boston, will be on hand as host.

The first 20 guests who purchase tickets and/or confirm sponsorship will receive a free autographed copy of Yoron Israel’s latest CD “New Dreams.”


  • $15 General Admission for both Live and Virtual Shows
  • $5 student (under 21)tickets are available for the Live Show only.

This concert series is made possible through support from the Brockton, Easton, and Hingham Cultural Councils and private sponsoring partners.

Become a “Sponsoring Partner” at the following levels: Virtuoso – $400, Fortissimo – $300, Forte – $200, Partner – $125.

“Contributor” by donating any amount, above $25.

All “Sponsoring Partners” and “Contributors” are entitled to reserved seating at all “Jazz in the Sanctuary – South Shore” concerts.

For tickets please visit this link:


With The Makanda Project:

Saturday, November 13, 2021, Roxbury Branch of the Boston Public Library – details soon.

1961 Centre St
West Roxbury MA 02132


Sunday, October 24, at 4:00 pm – Jazz Room Series at WP Presents –  The Art Farmer Tribute Quintet Concert and Archive Dedication, featuring  Yoron Israel, Jeremy Pelt, Ron Blake, Kenny Davis, and Geoffrey Keezer.
Location:  William Patterson University, Shea Center for Performing Arts, Wayne, NJ

This event celebrates the music and career of the legendary trumpeter Art Farmer, whose archive collection will now be a part of the William Paterson Living Jazz Archives.  This concert will feature a band of veterans of Farmer’s groups, including pianist and WP jazz adjunct faculty Geoffrey Keezer, saxophonist Ron Blake, bassist Kenny Davis, drummer Yoron Israel, and WP faculty and trumpeter Jeremy Pelt.   This concert will feature music from Art Farmer’s actual touring band books, from the new archive, and will celebrate this great musician and new collection at the highest musical level. Proceeds from this event will go toward the Art Farmer Archive and to the Living Jazz Archives.

Art Farmer

Admission: General Public $15 • WP faculty, staff, alumni, and senior citizens $12 • Non-William Paterson students $8
WP students are admitted free. • All tickets are an additional $3 on show day.
Please click here for our latest COVID-19 safety protocols. We strongly encourage buying tickets in advance online or by calling the box office.

Each Jazz Room concert is preceded by a “Sittin’ In” meet-the-artist session one hour prior to the performance in Shea Recital Hall. Free to all ticket holders. Audience members have a chance to meet and interact with that day’s artist in a question-answer format.

William Patterson University, 300 Pompton Road, Wayne, New Jersey 07470



Friday, October 1, 2021, GBH and JazzBoston present Jazz NOW: Master Jazz Composers, WGBH Studios, 8:00 pm EST – Virtual Concert, register at jazzboston.org

GBH and JazzBoston present JazzNOW: Master Jazz Composers, live from the acoustically acclaimed GBH Fraser Performance Studio. The performance features Bill Pierce on saxophone, Alex Minasian on piano, Gregory Ryan on bass and Yoron Israel on drums. They will be performing compositions by noted jazz masters Cedar Walton and Duke Pearson, both of whom have contributed significantly to the language of modern jazz. The ensemble will play a collection of both recognizable and obscure compositions by Walton and Pearson.
The concert will also serve as a tribute to the great Bill Pierce, a treasure of the Boston jazz community, who will have just celebrated his 73rd birthday a week earlier!
About the performers:
Bill Pierce is a saxophonist and educator. He graduated from Berklee College of Music in 1972. Over the years, Bill has performed and recorded with numerous jazz legends. He appeared with artists such as The Four Tops and toured with Stevie Wonder’s band. In 1980, he joined Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, serving as musical director, and regularly performed with the Freddie Hubbard Quintet. In 1985, Bill joined the Tony Williams Quintet and made five recordings with the group. Since 1999, Bill has been a member of the Kevin Eubanks Quartet, which has released six recordings. For more than 35 years, he has divided his time between academia, performing and recording under his own name for the Sunnyside label. Bill has released recordings of his own group and has been featured at many major American, Japanese and European jazz festivals.
Bill was the chairman of the woodwind department at Berklee College of Music. He retired from that position in 2018.
Alex Minasian is a pianist, educator and impresario in many different musical genres. Alex has studied with some of the greatest pianists in jazz history—including Hank Jones, Don Friedman, Jean-Michel Pilc and James Williams—and has performed in most of the country’s most famous jazz rooms.
Alex was the last pianist for the late singer and National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master Little Jimmy Scott. He was also the last pianist and musical director for the late renowned jazz singer the late Mark Murphy. Alex performs as pianist and musical director for singer, actor, songwriter and musical historian Billy Vera and his 18-piece big band. He currently tours with Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Little Anthony and the Imperials.
In 2013, Minasian joined jazz bassist and composer Brandi Disterheft, veteran drummer Steve Williams (Shirley Horn), and formed the Hanky Panky Trio to honor Hank Jones. The trio is featured in Season Two of the hit Netflix series Orange is the New Black. It has performed at the Montreal Jazz Festival with Sheila Jordan and as a trio at the Istanbul Jazz Festival.
Gregory Ryan has established himself as an in-demand sideman on both acoustic and electric bass. At home in a variety of musical worlds—accomplished in Brazilian, Cuban, funk and mainstream jazz styles—he performs in festivals and concerts worldwide. Gregory has appeared with numerous jazz luminaries. His Latin jazz resumé includes performances with the Lincoln Center Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, Arturo O’Farrill, Papo Vázquez Pirates Troubadours, Yosvany Terry and Brazilian Jazz artists Helio Alves and Maucha Adnet.
Yoron Israel One of the most gifted and sought out musicians of his generation, Yoron Israel has performed with a long list of major jazz artists. Yoron’s drumming, along with his compositional and arranging talents, are spotlighted on his most recent release New Dreams. He currently serves as chair and professor of percussion at Berklee College of Music, Boston MA and pastor of music and arts at Destiny Life Center International Church in Randolph, Massachusetts. He is pursuing a doctorate degree from Liberty University. Yoron is the author of the acclaimed educational DVD Creative Jazz Improvisation for Drum Set, published by Hal Leonard and Berklee Press.
Eric Jackson, host of GBH’s Eric in the Evening, is moderating the event and a conversation with the musicians following the 8pm performance.
The free tickets for JazzNOW: Master Jazz Composers, featuring Bill Pierce, Alex Minasian, Gregory Ryan, and Yoron Israel are provided through the generosity of GBH, with support from JazzBoston. Event registration is required. Secure your seats today.
Please note by registering for this event, your name and email will be shared with GBH and JazzBoston.
JazzBoston connects, promotes and advocates for the musicians, audiences and venues of Greater Boston’s dynamic and diverse jazz community. The nonprofit organization spreads the music and message of jazz and celebrates Boston as one of the world’s great jazz cities. Find more information at jazzboston.org.

Saturday, September 11, 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm, First Church in Roxbury, 10 Putnam Street

Free to the public. It will be a special program celebrating what would have been Makanda Ken McIntyre’s 90th birthday.
The concert will also be live-streamed. We would rather see you in person, but if you live outside of Boston, or are otherwise unable to physically come . . . . We have made arrangements so that the technical problems that interfered with our streaming earlier this summer won’t be an issue.
We have put together a program of music that covers and highlights various styles and techniques that Makanda favored as a composer. We will also be joined for the occasion by Richard Harper, one of the musicians who were closest to Dr. McIntyre and most knowledgeable about his music.
Richard Harper was originally a student of Makanda Ken McIntyre’s; he then went on to join him on the faculty of the State University of New York at Old Westbury and also play piano in his ensembles throughout the 1970s. (He is featured on both the “Wildflowers” recordings from Studio Rivbea, and the SteepleChase album “Introducing the Vibrations.”) He also delivered a moving eulogy at Makanda’s funeral, which can be read at https://www.mkmjazz.com/tributes.php (click on Richard Harper at the right). Much of his current work in New York is as a trombone player, and on September 11 he will mostly play in our trombone section, while also being featured on piano for selected numbers. He will speak about Makanda as well.
Also for this event, our friends at MassArt’s sparc! the ArtMobile will join us and organize a live painting activity – for the first time since the pandemic began.
Kurtis Rivers – alto saxophone
Lee Odom – alto and soprano saxophones, bass clarinet
Sean Berry – tenor saxophone
Paavo Carey – tenor saxophone
Charlie Kohlhase – baritone saxophone
Jerry Sabatini – trumpet
Haneef Nelson – trumpet
Alfred Patterson – trombone
Richard Harper – trombone, piano
Bill Lowe – bass trombone
John Kordalewski – piano
John Lockwood – bass
Yoron Israel – drums
After this, we will have one more concert at First Church, on Saturday, October 2.
After that, we are trying to figure out what will be possible, due to Covid. Stay tuned.

Sunday, August 1, 2 sets starting at 4:00 pm Bartlett Place, 2565 Washington Street, Roxbury Free concert

Saturday, August 7, 8:00 pm Outreach Music Festival, Schwaz, Austria

The Makanda Project featuring Chico Freeman Saturday evening program will be streamed – starts at 2 pm EST. This engagement is supported by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through US Artists International in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Tuesday, August 10, 8:00 pm Passau Jazz Festival, Passau, Germany

The Makanda Project featuring Chico Freeman

Saturday, August 14, 1:00 to 5:00 pm First Church in Roxbury, 10 Putnam Street

The Makanda Project featuring Michael Gregory Jackson Free concert Saturday, September 11, 1:00 to 5:00 pm First Church in Roxbury, 10 Putnam Street Makanda Ken McIntyre 90th Birthday Celebration – Free concert

Past Performance Venues, Yoron Israel as Bandleader:

Boston Area (Berklee Performance Center, Regatta Bar, Plymouth Rock Assurance Jazz Festival – Spire Center for the Performing Arts, Beantown Jazz Festival, Jazz on the Charles River, Cambridge River Festival, Cambridge Multi Cultural Arts Center, Marblehead Jazz Festival, Highland Jazz Series, Beehive, Amazing Things Arts Center, Framingham Arts Center, James Library and Center for the Arts, Messiah Baptist Church – Jazz in the Sanctuary Series), New York/New Jersey (Blue Note, Birdland, Saint Peters Jazz Vespers, Afrikan Poetry Theatre, Burgdoff Center for the Performing Arts, The Priory Jazz Club, Robert Treat Hotel, Bethany Baptist Church Jazz Series), Washington DC (Jazz Alley), Rocky Mount NC(Dunn Center, Imperial Centre for the Arts), Chicago IL (Jazz Showcase, Roosevelt University, International House – University of Chicago, South Shore Jazz Festival – South Shore Cultural Center), Detroit (Cliff Bells), Louisville (Jimmy Can’t Dance),  Lexington KY (Public Library Concert Series), Cincinnati OH (Rebel Urban Winery), Three Rivers MI (Riviera Theatre), Cleveland OH (The Bop Shop), Rome Italy(Alexanderplatz), Augsburg Germany (Jazz Club Augsburg), Freiburg Germany (Jazz & Rock Schuke Auditorium), Hamburg Germany (Jazz an der HFMT, Theater im Zimmer), Bologna Italy (Art Music School),Lugo Italy (Jazz Club Pub), Pescara Italy (Conservatory of Music Luisa D’Annunzio)


Date Group City Venue Country
11/08/19 Yoron Israel “Project Trio – New Dreams” Brockton, MA Messiah Baptist Church United States
Time: 7:00pm. YORON ISRAEL & HIGH STANDARDS, “Jazz in The Sanctuary – South Shore”, Concert Series, featuring Yoron Israel – drums, percussion, Walter Smith – tenor and sopranos saxophones, Laszlo Gardony – piano, Kaela Kaumeheiwa – bass, guest vocalist – Gabrielle Goodman and host, Eric Jackson, WBGO radio. Messiah Baptist Church, 80 Legion Parkway, Brockton, MA, 508-584-1963 More information
10/24/19 Laszlo Gardony Trio New York City, NY Birdland Theater United States
Time: 7:00pm. Perform with Laszlo Gardony Trio, Birdland Theatre, 315 West 44th Street, NYC, 10036, 212-581-3080 More information
10/04/19 - 10/05/19 Annual John Coltrane Memorial Concert Boston, MA Northeastern University’s Blackman Auditorium United States
Time: 7:00pm. Featured Performing Artist, 42nd Annual John Coltrane Memorial Concert, Northeastern University’s Blackman Auditorium, 342 Huntington Ave., Boston MA More information
09/28/19 Makanda Project Boston, MA Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building (2nd floor) United States
Time: 7:00pm. Address: 2300 Washington St. Perform with the Makanda Project, featuring saxophonist Craig Harris, Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building, 2nd floor, 2300 Washington St., Boston MA, More information
09/14/19 Makanda Project Roxbury MA First Church in Roxbury United States
Time: 1:00pm. Address: 10 Putnam Street. Perform with the Makanda Project, First Church Roxbury, Festival, 10 Putnam Street, Roxbury MA 02119 More information
09/13/19 Felice Pomerance Boston, MA Four Seasons Hotel Boston United States
Time: 5:30pm. Perform with Harpist Felice Pomerance, Four Seasons Hotel Boston, 200 Boylston Street, Boston MA More information
08/17/19 Makanda Project Boston, MA Commonwealth Housing Development United States
Time: 12:30pm. Perform with the Makanda Project, Commonwealth Housing Development, 35 Fidelis Way, Boston MA More information
08/14/19 John Menegon New York City, NY Birdland Theater United States
Time: 7:00pm. Perform with John Menegon, Celebrates George Shearing, Birdland Theatre, 315 West 44th Street, NYC, 10036, 212-581-3080 More information
08/13/19 Greg Abate and John Menegon Saratoga Springs, NY Caffe Lena United States
Time: 7:00pm. Perform with Greg Abate and John Menegon, Caffe Lena, 47 Philadelphia Street, Saratoga Springs, NY More information