Saxophonist and composer Uri Gurvich was named Jazz Player of the Year in his native Israel before relocating to the U.S. to study at Boston’s Berklee College of Music under Joe Lovano.
Now based in New York, Gurvich won great acclaim as a bandleader with his debut, The Storyteller, which was released on John Zorn’s label TZADIK and features some of the most prominent voices on the contemporary jazz scene: Leo Genovese, Peter Slavov, Francisco Mela and special guest Chris Cheek. All Music Guide called Gurvich “a major new voice in jazz.”
His second album, BabEl, features his quartet and Moroccan multi-instrumentalist Brahim Fribgane on oud and percussion. The Los Angeles Times wrote that the music “transcends borders,” placing Israeli, Yemenite, East European and North African music into a progressive jazz context.
Uri will be releasing his 3rd album in 2017 featuring his long-time quartet.