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Uri Gurvich is a saxophonist and composer originally from Israel, currently residing in New York City, where he is an in-demand saxophonist and a critically acclaimed bandleader and composer.
In 2013, he released his second album, 'BabEl', for John Zorn's label, Tzadik Records featuring his working quartet with Leo Genovese, Peter Slavov and Francisco Mela, some of most prominent voices on the contemporary New York jazz scene. And special guest, Moroccan multi-instrumentalist, Brahim Fribgane on Oud and percussion.
Uri and his band performed in venues such as the legendary Village Vanguard, NY Town Hall, Atlanta Jazz Festival, Red Sea Jazz Festival, Washington DC Jazz Festival, Burlington Jazz Festival, The Stone, Berklee College of Music, Philadelphia Museum of Art and more.
In 2009 he released his debut 'The Storyteller' on Tzadik Records, featuring his quartet and special guest Chris Cheek. The album received rave reviews from Jazz Times, All About Jazz, and All Music Guide hailing Gurvich “a new major voice in jazz".
Born and raised in Israel, Gurvich began playing the saxophone at an early age. He was a member of the Tel Aviv Jazz Orchestra, and at 19, won the prestigious Jazz Player of the Year competition in Israel.
That year, he was selected to represent Israel in the European Jazz Orchestra touring across Europe with world-renowned British composer Django Bates.
Shortly after, he received a scholarship and relocated to Boston to attend the prestigious Berklee College of Music. At Berklee, he studied with jazz masters such as: Joe Lovano, Hal Crook, Dave Liebman, Ed Tomassi and Herb Pomeroy, among others. Gurvich graduated with honors and moved to New York City, where he currently resides.
For the past three years Gurvich has received the ASCAPLUS award from the American Society of Composers, recognizing up and coming jazz composers. Active as an educator, he gave clinics in the US, Spain, Israel, Argentina, Ecuador and Japan.
Performing concerts in the U.S., Europe, South America and Asia, Gurvich has shared the stage and recorded with such artists as: Grammy winner - Esperanza Spalding, John Zorn, Chris Potter, Francisco Mela, Dave Liebman, Ben Monder, George Garzone, Alon Yavnai, Avishai Cohen, Jorge Rossy, Doug Weiss, Uri Caine, Anat Cohen, Chris Cheek and Django Bates among others.
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"A MAJOR NEW VOICE IN JAZZ" ALL MUSIC GUIDE
"TRANSCENDS BORDERS" LA TIMES
"ORGANIC, EXOTIC AND UNPRETENTIOUSLY HEARTFELT" JAZZ TIMES
BabEl - Press release - by John Zorn
"Since his debut CD on Tzadik in 2009 Uri has been receiving consistent accolades as a major new voice in Jazz. He remains incredibly active, performing with some of the best new players in Jazz (Francisco Mela, Chris Potter, Esperanza Spalding) as well as with his own quartet. His second CD features his tight touring quartet with special guest Brahim Fribgane on oud. Uri is one of the most exciting players coming out of the new Israeli Jazz scene and his work is progressive, passionate and brilliantly realized."
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