I would like to thank you for the wonderful way in which you took care of  us all on the trip to Orvieto. Everything was so well thought out and ran so smoothly as a result of all your efforts.

The choice of hotels, restaurants, tours and concerts – for which we thank Ziv – were all very good. But even more than that Harold and I really appreciated the way you and Hanita made sure that everyone in the group felt like one happy family. You gave us free time – but you included everyone in open invitations to meet up as a group if we wanted to. You truly took care of our every need all week. It was a pleasure to travel with you and to meet the other happy jazz lovers in our group.

We also thank Ziv for the talks he gave to to help us appreciate the jazz, both before the trip and on the last night. The trip far exceeded my expectations and was a lovely experience.

Sincere thanks


Hi Ziv,

Just a few words to say how much we enjoy the hot jazz series, we are now subscribing for the last three years and it seems that every year it gets better. Thanks
We like the pre-performance atmosphere, the young students put you in the mood, and last but not least the treats given out by your lovely staff are appreciated.
Keep up the good work

Dear Ziv,

This season of “Hot Jazz “has certainly started with a bang!

After the fabulous and unusual harp music in November, last week’s concert with Joel Frahm and the talented Israeli musicians was fabulous!

I don’t remember when I last enjoyed a jazz concert so much- virtuoso musicians playing classic modern jazz that was melodic, harmonic and just brilliant !

Thanks so much!

Happy Hanukah to you all!


Dear Ziv,

First of all THANKS VERY MUCH for a wonderful trip.
It was such a pleasure to work with the Vocal Octet. It was hard to tell
which was more impressive: their professionalism and artistic quality on the
one hand, and their heart-warming social ability on the other.
It all led to an immediate musical friendship which translated itself
in spectacular shows. The concert in Tel Aviv (where I was surprised by
the birthday cake) topped it all.
Compliments for your fine and solid organization, everything went smooth, also thanks
to Moshe with his dry humor . Etan also did a good job.
Please receive the greetings and thanks from Diana and
give Mor and Mica a big hug from us.
Bye, Jan

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Saxophonist Joel Frahm plays with Israeli jazz artists

Born in Racine Wisconsin in 1969, Joel Frahm attended the Mason Gross School for the Arts, earning B.A. in jazz performance from the Manhattan School of Music. Over the last 20 years, Frahm has been performing and recording with many legendary jazz masters and was selected in DownBeat Magazine’s Critics Poll as a Rising Star in the category of tenor saxophone.The stage backdrop of the Leo Model Hall in the Gerard Behar Performance Centre, Jerusalem, shows a black jazz band. The hall was a fitting venue an evening of jazz that took place there December 3rd, 2012. Guest artist American saxophonist Joel Frahm was joined by Israeli artists – saxophonist Amit Friedman, pianist Hod Moshonov, bass-player Gilad Abro and Shay Zelman on percussion.

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The evening was a tribute to American jazz tenor saxophonist, composer and bandleader “Sonny” Rollins. Born in 1930 in New York, Theodore Walter Rollins composed a number of compositions – among them “St. Thomas”, “Oleo”, “Doxy” and “Airegin” – that have become jazz standards.

Among the music played at the event was much based on Sonny Rollins’ pieces – “A Blues Fantasy”, “Pent-Up House”, “Softly as in a Morning Sunrise”, “There Is no Greater Love” – and Amit Friedman’s own “Optimism” which he has dedicated to Rollins. The evening brought together musicians of the highest order, taking each item of musical raw material and fashioning it into a full-blown work in a collaboration of artistry using listening, invention and mutual respect as its basis. There was much conversation and communication between the two saxophonists, each, throughout the evening, however, playing with his own unique form of musical expression. Friedman is a sophisticated artist; he spins intricate textures using his palette of colors that boasts many influences – that of traditional jazz, rock, world music and Middle Eastern music. “Optimism” combines energy with dissonance, here, coupled with some whimsical moments. Frahm’s repertoire seems boundless: each melody promotes an avalanche of ideas and emotions, taking the audience via mellifluous sounds, a variety of timbres and rhythm games into his creative world. In “There is No Greater Love”, Frahm and his co-players create a mood of tranquility, weaving velvety, caressing lines into unabashed sentimentality.

Percussionist Shay Zelman’s playing was sensitive and tasteful, his solos dynamic and inspired. Hod Moshonov is an interesting artist; he uses his piano as a vehicle for creating interesting otherworldly, fragile timbres. South African-born bassist Gilad Abro juxtaposes fine technical control with unleashed freedom of expression, originality and huge physical energy.

The players, totally immersed in the music yet communicative with the listener, provided the audience with artistic performance that at no point overstepped the boundaries of good taste.