22nd NORTH WALES INTERNATIONAL
JAZZ GUITAR WEEKEND
October 10th - 12th 2014
Mold Road, Wrexham, Wales, LL11 2AW
RONI BEN HUR
Jazz guitarist Roni Ben-Hur has earned a sterling reputation as a musician and educator, renowned for his golden tone, improvisational brilliance, compositional lyricism and ability to charm peers, students and listeners alike.
Born in Israel in 1962 and now based in New Jersey, Roni, who has released nine albums as leader or co-leader,began playing in wedding bands and Tel Aviv clubs as a teenager, enraptured by the recordings of Wes Montgomery, Grant Green, Jim Hall and Kenny Burrell. When he came onto the New York jazz scene he was taken under the wing of veteran jazz pianist Barry Harris, a Monk disciple and Grammy Award-winner who led the influential Jazz Cultural Theatre during the mid-80s in Manhattan. The up-and-coming guitarist played in Harris's band, absorbing musical wisdom and life lessons.
Teaching has become increasingly important to Roni Ben-Hur over the years, as he has developed an international reach as an educator. As well as authoring respected publications such as “Talk Jazz: Guitar”, a guitar interpretation of the Barry Harris bebop method, he is also founder and has been director of the jazz program at the Lucy Moses School at the Kaufman Center in Manhattan since 1994 where he has educated a multitude of jazz enthusiasts in ensemble playing, improvisation and jazz guitar. Along with a jazz camp in the South of France, Roni has led camps in Patterson, New York and, more recently, through his company Adventures in Jazz which he operates with his wife, singer Amy London, he conducts jazz camps in Puerto Rico, Turkey, and in Schroon Lake, New York, teaching workshops in straight-ahead jazz, Latin jazz and Brazilian jazz.
"Everything Roni does is beautiful. He has the magic touch." Russell Malone
"A limber and inventive guitarist, Ben-Hur keeps the modernist flame alive and pure, with a low flame burning in every note... [He's] a guitarist who knows the changes and his own mind."
Gary Giddin, The Village Voice