CATRIN FINCH CENTRE
Saturday 11 October / Dydd Sadwrn 11 Hydref
CATRIN FINCH CENTRE
Admission £8, Concessions £7,
School Children and Students' Union members £3
“A superior straight-ahead guitarist who can swing as hard as anyone.”
-Scott Yanow, Allmusic.com
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 abilityto charm peers, students and listeners alike.
Born in Israel in 1962 and now based in New Jersey, Roni has nine albums as leader orco-leader to his name and has been described by eminent jazz critic Gary Giddens of theVillage Voice as "a limber and inventive guitarist [who] keeps the modernist flame alive and pure, with a low flame burning in every note".
Roni 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.
Making his recording debut with the Barry Harris Trio in 1996 on the album Backyard, Roni entered the studio with the pianist once again in 2001 for his album, Anna's Dance, convening a combo of elders which also included Charles Davis on saxophone, Walter Booker on double-bass and Leroy Williams on drums. Other notable collaborations include Mojave, featuring the Brazilian bassist Nislon Matta and drummer Victor Lewis; Fortuna,with bassist Rufus Reid; and Smile, his duo album with fellow jazz guitarist, Gene Bertoncini. His latest offering, Our Thing, is a co-led project with Panamanian-bornbassist Santi Debriano, described by Downbeat as “Mesmerizing” and featuring compositions by Thelonious Monk, Irving Berlin and Antonio Carlos Jobim, as well assome originals.
In addition to leading his own bands, Roni has shared the stage and the studio with manygreats including Cecil Payne, Etta Jones, Marcus Belgrave, Charles McPherson,Jimmy Heath, Clark Terry, Slide Hampton, Earl May, Teri Thornton and Bill Doggett. He regularly performs in the top jazz venues and in major festivals across the USA andaround the world.
Teaching has become increasingly important to Roni Ben-Hur over the years, as he hasdeveloped an international reach as an educator. Director of the jazz program at the Lucy Moses School at the Kaufman Center in Manhattan since he founded it in 1994, he haseducated a multitude of jazz enthusiasts in ensemble playing, improvisation and jazz guitar. Along with his 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 withhis 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.
For further information telephone 01745 812260
with the UK's TREFOR OWEN and
ANDY HULME (guitars),
BILL COLEMAN (double bass) and
DAVE HASSELL (drums).