Litchfield Jazz Festival & Jazz Camp

Teaching Artists

Yoron Israel

Yoron Israel

Yoron Israel

Yoron Israel varied credentials and illustrious career includes 5 recordings as a leader andhundreds of recordings as an accompanist. His recordings as a solo artist include thenewly released “Visions – The Music of Stevie Wonder”, which is among Jazz Week’stop 100 recordings of 2012. Previous releases on his label Ronja Music are “A Gift forYou” and “Basic Traneing”. The latter reached number three on the National JazzCharts in 2004. His recordings “Chicago” (Double-Time) and “Live at The BlueNote” (Half Note) are also fine works.

He has performed worldwide and recorded with such renown artists as Ahmad Jamal,Art Farmer, Abbey Lincoln, Art Farmer, David “Fathead” Newman, KennyBurrell, Horace Silver, James Williams, Cedar Walton, Dr. Lonnie Smith, OliverLake, Eliane Elias, Sonny Rollins, Red Holloway, Joe Lovano, Tom Harrell, RoyHargrove, Vanessa Rubin and Cyrus Chestnut among numerous others. When notleading his own ensembles “Organic”, “Connection” and “High Standards”, Yoronperforms regularly with bassist Avery Sharpe and vibraphonist Jay Hoggard as well aswith numerous premiere Boston based artists such as Laszlo Gardony, GabrielleGoodman and The Makanda Project.

Yoron Israel is Professor and Assistant Chair of Percussion at Berklee College ofMusic. He has been teaching on the collegiate level since 1992, on the faculty atRutgers University, William Patterson University, and Mannes College The NewSchool For Music. He also continues to present music camps, clinics and workshopsthroughout the world. His educational DVD, “Creative Improvisation for the DrumSet”, published by Hal Leonard and Berklee Press has received rave reviews throughoutthe industry. He is also a recent author of the Berklee Music online course “DrumsetFundamentals”. Yoron Israel received his Master of Music degree from RutgersUniversity ‘97 (New Brunswick, NJ) and Bachelor of Music degree from RooseveltUniversity’86 (Chicago IL). For more information see

Yoron is an endorser of Sonor Drums, Sabian Cymbals, Evans Drum Heads, VaterDrumsticks, Mallets, Brushes, Accessories and Hamilton Stands.

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