The Tel Aviv Jazz Festival is one of the most prominent and important jazz events in Israel. It features both Israeli and international jazz luminaries. This 2012 festival will host famous jazz musicians from abroad who will join Israeli artists in original productions and debut performances. Among the international artists Tel Aviv audiences will see veteran singer Mary Stallings, renowned baritone player Ronnie Cuber, world recognized bass/violin player Henry Grimes, a Bulgarian combo including the composer and pianist Dimitar Bodurov and the unmatchable shepherd flute player Theodosii Spassov, trumpet player and percussionist Jerry Gonzalez, clarinet player Oran Etkin and the Malinese balafon player Balla Utha.
A very interesting feature of the festival puts the spotlight on one of the best jazz scenes in the world, France, the home of two fascinating French jazz
musicians: pianist Baptiste Trotignon and saxophonist David El-Malek. Additionally the Festival will also present two musicians who have lived and worked in France: Israeli pianist Yonatan Avishai and one of the true jazz greats living today, Kirk Lightsey.
Famous and well respected Israeli stars such as Omer Avital on contrabass, Avishai Cohen on trumpet, Eli Djibri and Yuval Cohen on saxophone, Omer Klein on piano and Kobi Israelite on accordion, drums, saxophone and electronics will also be featured. A wide range of Israeli jazz combos, veteran and beginners alike, in varied styles and tastes will feature specially produced original and debut productions, such as a journey in the footsteps of the pioneers of Middle Eastern music, with the participation of guitarist Yehuda Keisar, Dori Ben-Zeev, the gypsy jazz band Swing de Gitanes, and the Balilty family Moroccan jazz band with their all-stars accompaniment. Gracing the Festival will be Nurit Galron and her trio, the Amit Friedman sextet together with a string quartet, and the guitarist and singer Dida Peled who will host Shlomi Shaban.
It will be possible to enjoy live jazz, free of charge. Performances will be held in the tent outside the new Cinematheque building. The Festival is produced by the Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality, Cultural Events Department. The Festival Director is Shabi Mizrachi. Producers are Revital Oz, Tal Schmidt, and Meital Ben-David. Artistic Management by Barak Weiss and Asher Kesher. Events department Crew are Tali Gozalzani, Nir Haon, Irit Bar, Moran Aharon, Yotam Chota, Michal Meshorer, Tehila Nachshon. Cinematheque Tel-Aviv Crew is Alon Garbuz, Yigal Haim, Noam Sulami, Ami Winter, Pini Shatz and the Cinematheque staff. Advertising by Spokesman's Cureau. Public Relations by Arbel Communications. Sound & Lighting by "Zilberboim" Company and Nature's Dance Music by Avishai Cohen.