Eli Degibri

“The caliber of which is a rare find in jazz today
Herbie Hancock

“The only young saxophonist that his playing gives me joy”
Al Foster

“Don’t miss him…”
Ben Ratliff

Blujazz is honored to present the latest recording to you by saxophonist Eli Degibri, “Cliff Hangin”. The internationally recognized saxophonist-composer-bandleader possesses many gifts as a musician. He boasts a seemingly bottomless fount of artistry as a composer and a band leader, and is a recipient of the honorary Israeli “Prime Minister Award for Jazz Composition", recognizing his great talent as a melodic composer, and the “Landau Award for Jazz Performance", recognizing his achievement as a remarkable band leader.

Known for his charismatic performances, Degibri has recorded and performed extensively since the mid 1990s. He has been called, “an exceptionally melodic improviser with a big, bold tenor tone" (Bill Milkowski, JazzTimes), and “a bewitching fellow who shows impressive chops, as both a player and a composer." (Karl Stark, The Philadelphia Inquirer). Jazz icon Herbie Hancock added that Degibri is, “a very talented composer, arranger, and performer", one who’s music, “treads uncharted waters", and that the saxophonist-composer, “has the potential to be a formidable force in the evolution of jazz."

Degibri’s gifts, his immense talents, were earned, molded and burnished from sharing stages as an integral member of legendary pianist Herbie Hancock’s sextet (1999-2002) and legendary drummer Al Foster’s band (2002-2011), and leading bands consisting of musicians Aaron Goldberg, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Ben Street, Jeff Ballard, Kevin Hays, Gary Versace, and Obed Calvaire, resulting in six critically-acclaimed recordings under his name.

Substantiating these accolades, in April of 2012, Degibri was invited to be a part of UNESCO’s first International Jazz Day at the UN General Assembly in New York, alongside many of the finest jazz musicians in the world.

Degibri is presently focusing exclusively on leading his own band and playing his original compositions. He is now engaged in the long-standing tradition of mentorship in the jazz world; his current quartet consists of two young and promising musicians, the pianist Gadi Lehavi and the drummer Ofri Nehemya, together with Degibri's longtime music collaborator and best friend, the bassist Barak Mori. The quartet's most recent recording, Twelve, was released in September 2013.