Yoron’s exciting and tasteful drumming, along with his compositional and arranging talents are spotlighted with a dynamic jazz trio presenting original compositions and personalized arrangements by influential composers.
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, inn 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 renown 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 Patterson University, and Mannes College – The New School For Music. He is also the Pastor of Music and Arts at Victory World Church, Canton 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.
A Listening Room Experience
Hermit Woods is excited to bring talented artists from across New England and beyond to perform for you. Each performance will provide you with an intimate, up-close, and personal experience with the performing artists. To do this, we ask that our audience please refrain from talking during the featured show. Your silence will allow both the artists and the audience to immerse themselves in the experience, which is not otherwise possible in larger, noisier environments.
All shows commence at 6:00 PM with a warm-up artist. We encourage you to arrive early and enjoy food and wine until 7:20 while listening to our first act of the evening. The kitchen will close at 7:00. We will introduce the featured artists at 7:20, and we will ask that the audience remain quiet during the performance. The first set will be from 7:30 to 8:15. There is a short intermission from 8:15 to 8:30, at which time you are encouraged to interact, freshen your drinks, and use the restrooms as needed. At 8:30, the show resumes with the second set, concluding between 9:00 and 9:15. After the show, we invite you to interact with the artists and purchase any music or merchandise offerings if available.
6:00 PM – 7:20 PM – Eat, drink, and be merry. Enjoy the pre-show entertainment
(7:00 kitchen closes)
7:20 – 7:30 – Artist introductions
7:30 – 8:15 – Shhh… Settle in and enjoy Artists’ set #1
8:15 – 8:30: Intermission – freshen your drinks
8:30 – 9:15: Shhh… Settle in again and enjoy Artists’ set #2
9:15: Mingle with the artists and check out the merch
Yoron Israel- Drums
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 such as Sonny Rollins, Ahmad Jamal, Art Farmer, Roy Hargrove, Jim Hall, Kenny Burrell, and Abbey Lincoln among countless others. Yoron’s drumming, along with his compositional and arranging talents, is 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.
Alex Minasian- Piano
With two degrees from NYU, Alex Minasian has, at a remarkably young age, established himself as a versatile pianist, educator, and impresario in many different musical genres. . As a pianist, Alex has studied with some of the greatest pianists in jazz history, including Hank Jones, Don Friedman, and James Williams, and has performed in most of the country’s most famous jazz rooms, such as Birdland, the Blue Note, Cafe Carlyle, Yoshi’s, Bohemian Caverns Iridium, Jazz @ Lincoln Center, the Village Vanguard, and the Apollo Theater. He has shared the stage with such legends as James Ingram, Arturo Sandoval, QUESTLOVE, Sam Moore, Marylin McCoo, Curtis Fuller, Hank Jones, and Clark Terry, and with such jazz greats as Brian Lynch, Billy Pierce, Kenny Washington, Annie Ross, Sheila Jordan, Gary Bartz, and Hugh Masekela. Alex was the last pianist for the late iconic singer and NEA Jazz Master Little Jimmy Scott, and is the pianist and musical director for the renowned jazz singer Mark Murphy, and performs as a pianist and musical director for singer, actor, songwriter, and musical historian Billy Vera and his 18-piece big band. Currently, Alex is the pianist for Rock and Roll Hall of Famers, Little Anthony and the Imperials..Alex has also headlined such important jazz celebrations as the Rochester Jazz Festival appearing as co-leader of a trio with Canadian bassist Brandi Disterheft..Alex counts among his influences Hank Jones, with whom he enjoyed a special friendship in his later years. To have had this access, and the freedom to ask him musical questions, was invaluable and inspiring In 2013, Minasian, Disterheft, and veteran drummer Steve Williams (Shirley Horn), formed the Hanky Panky Trio to honor Hank Jones. The Hanky Panky trio is featured in Season 2 of the hit Netflix show, ‘Orange Is The New Black’..They have performed at the Montreal Jazz Festival with Sheila Jordan, and as a trio at the Istanbul Jazz Festival. Alex has been featured in Yerevan Magazine, a Los Angeles–based Armenian publication promoting Armenian news and culture.
Bill Pierce- Saxophone
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.
Vince Dupont- Bass
New Hampshire native Vincent Dupont is a young bassist who has just recently made his way onto the New York jazz scene through his enrollment in the Jazz Studies program at William Paterson University. He first began playing electric bass in his early teenage years and picked up the upright bass in high school when he first was exposed to jazz. At age nineteen, he became the full-time bassist for Winard Harper’s band, Jeli Posse. He took part in Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead program at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. as part of its class of 2016, as well the Ravinia Steans Music Institute in Chicago the same year. Since graduating in 2017, he is rapidly becoming a first-call bassist, performing with people like Russell Malone, Lew Tabackin, Harold Mabern, Toshiko Akiyoshi, and many more. He has had the opportunity to perform in clubs like Washington D.C.’s Blues Alley, Chicago’s Jazz Showcase, and Boston’s Scullers and has played festivals such as the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival in Rockville, Maryland, and the Staten Island Jazz Festival.
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
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.
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
Saturday, September 11, 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm, First Church in Roxbury, 10 Putnam Street
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)
|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|