A Tribute to Benny Goodman & Billie Holiday – June 22nd- 29th, 2024

Aurélie Tropez & Monique B. Thomas & Ram Erez Sextet (France)

The virtuoso French clarinet player, Aurélie Tropez with the great singer from the USA, Monique B. Thomas, together with the Ram Erez Sextet will perform an exciting tribute to the King of Swing and the Queen of the Blues.

The clarinet player Benny Goodman is considered by many to be the “King of Swing”. Already at a young age he founded an orchestra and began playing dance music for thousands of fans. In 1933, Benny Goodman’s producer, John Hammond, heard Billie Holiday, who was only 18 years old at the time and was captivated by her voice and made the connection between her and Benny Goodman. Since then, despite stylistic differences (he played swing and she sang mainly blues), they performed many times together.

Aurélie Tropez developed her own very personal style which is a combination of New Orleans and Swing. She started the clarinet at the age of 8 in the south of France. Five years later, she made her debut in jazz. The National Conservatory in Nice awarded her a gold medal in classical saxophone. She studied jazz in Aix-en-Provence and then in Paris.

After studying the great clarinet masters as Jimmy Hamilton, Benny Goodman and Buddy de Franco Aurélie Tropez now lives in suburban Paris, performing regularly on the clarinet as well as the saxophone as a free-lance musician in many different groups from duets to big bands with great Success.

Monique Thomas, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is a unique vocalist, who’s specialty is being fluent in many different styles of music. From jazz to soul, gospel to pop, this multi-faceted singer can switch genres in a heartbeat, while maintaining her artistic integrity and bringing something fresh to whatever she sings.

Monique started singing at the age of 2 and was always involved in musical activities such as choirs, and marching band and was even the pianist for her high school jazz band. While living in the US, Monique has had the opportunity to hone her skills in different clubs in and around New York as well as performances on television and in jazz festivals.


Monique B. Thomas Vocals (Farnce/ USA)

Aurélie Tropez Clarinet (France)

Ram Erez Sextet

Ram Erez Bass & Musical Director

Jonathan Kozlovsky Trumpet

Yuval Drabkin Saxophone

Yoav Trifman Trombone

Yonatan Riklis Piano

Doron Tirosh Drums

Show Times:

  • Saturday, June 22nd 2024, 21:15 Ganei Tikva, Cultural Hall
  • Sunday, June 23rd 2024, 20:30 Beer Sheva, Performing arts center
  • Tuesday, June 25th 2024, 21:30 Gray Club, Tel Aviv
  • Wednesday, June 26th 2024, 20:30 Kfar Saba, Cultural Hall
  • Thursday, June 27th 2024, 20:00 Tel Aviv, Museum of Arts
  • Friday, June 28th 2024, 21:00 Tel Aviv, Museum of Arts
  • Saturday, June 29th 2024, 21:00 Haifa, Abba Hushi Center

Ram Erez – Bass & Musical Director
Monique B. Thomas – Vocals
Aurélie Tropez – Clarinet
Yuval Drabkin – Saxophone
Jonathan Kozlovsky – Trumpet
Yonatan Riklis – Piano
Doron Tirosh – Drums
Yoav Trifman – Trombone

 Photos by: Peter Vit/ Yoel Levy /Yoav Trifman /Jan Luley / Emi Photographe/ Yossi Zwecker

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