Litchfield Jazz Festival & Jazz Camp

Teaching Artists

Roni Ben-Hur

Roni Ben-Hur

Roni Ben-Hur

Guitarist Roni Ben-Hur has been building a stellar reputation for himself since emigrating from his native Israel to New York City in 1985. A passionate leader, player, composer-arranger, author and respected educator, Roni now stands as one of the elite players in modern jazz. Ben-Hur has performed and recorded with Barry Harris, Rufus Reid, Walter Booker, Jimmy Heath, Clark Terry, Slide Hampton, Cecil Payne, Charles McPherson, Etta Jones and others. He has performed with his own band at every major New York Club and at festivals including The JVC, Mellon, Saratoga Jazz and more. Ben-Hur appears on his vocalist wife's newest record, Amy London: When I Look in Your Eyes. His fifth release is Keepin' it Open on Motema Music.

Since 1981, he has established successful high school jazz programs, at the Professional Performing Arts School, The Coalition School for Social Change, and Landmark High School, all in New York City.  He has also directed the jazz program at Kaufman Center's Lucy Moses School since 1992.  His 2003 book Talk Jazz Guitar has been published in English and Japanese and a second book on harmonics appeared in 2007. He also collaborates with his wife on interactive programs that guide elementary school youngsters into the world of jazz. He joins Litchfield Jazz Camp as a teaching artist in 2009.