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Guitarist Roni Ben-Hur's CD Release Celebration!

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MONDAY, JULY 23, 2007
@ DIZZY'S CLUB COCA-COLA
7:30 & 9:30 PM (7:30 PM SOLD OUT!)

GUITARIST/COMPOSER RONI BEN-HUR'S
CD RELEASE CELEBRATION
FOR “KEEPIN' IT OPEN"

Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola-Frederick P. Rose Hall
Jazz at Lincoln Center Broadway at 60th Street, 5th Floor
Reservations: 212 258-9595 or -9795
Music Cover - $20 per person, $10 minimum, table; $5 minimum, bar

WITH RONNIE MATHEWS, RUFUS REID, LEWIS NASH AND STEVE KROON

THE PRESS ON RONI BEN-HUR

“ . . . this set is a stone cold winner from start to finish and should not be listened to unless you are probably prepared to be blown away and have a new fave. Hot stuff." - The Midwest Record Recap

“His new album “Keepin' It Open" is a marvel of taste, tunefulness and tone." - Michael Hochanadel, The Daily Gazette

“You could easily list the very solid Roni Ben-Hur among jazz's elite guitarists." - Nick Bewsey, Primetime

“Roni Ben-Hur plays bebop and its related genres, as well as sambas and bossas, with consummate lan, always delivering deeply musical performances to greet the ears." - Zan Stewart, The Newark Star Ledger

“A superior straight-ahead guitarist who can swing as hard as anyone," - Scott Yanow, All Music Guide

“While Keepin' It Open is another quality date for Ben-Hur, it is also a flower blooming from seeds sown by Satchmo, Dizzy, and a host of others. With the best perennials, the blooms keep getting bigger and prettier with each passing year." - All About Jazz

On July 23 @ 9:30 PM, (7:30 PM SET IS SOLD OUT!!) Guitarist, composer Roni Ben-Hur will be appearing at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola in a celebration of his fifth CD as a leader, “Keepin' It Open." Ben-Hur will be performing music from this recording with an amazing band consisting of Ronnie Mathews (piano), Rufus Reid (bass), Lewis Nash (drums) and Steve Kroon (percussion).

This May, Motma proudly released “Keepin' It Open," the brilliant follow up to the guitarist's highly-praised fourth recording, “Signature" (Reservoir, 2005). “Keepin' It Open" runs the musical gamut from standards such as “Indian Summer" to Ben-Hur's signature Sephardic sound, which shows up in the exotic folk melody “Eshkolit." Dedicated to the memory of the late bassist Walter Booker Jr. ("His love and beauty will always be present in my music," says Ben-Hur), this release also pays loving tribute to Ben-Hur's mother. “Although I grew up in a small town in Israel, my mother had this 'open door' policy which meant our home was always filled with music, food and passionate conversations not only with family, but with neighbors, friends and often complete strangers," the NYC guitarist explains. The title truly reflects on Ben-Hur's own expansive approach; keepin' it open, mentally, spiritually, emotionally, and of course, musically.

You can also catch Roni Ben-Hur at the 2007 JVC Jazz Festival: At the historic Langston Hughes House on 127th Street in Harlem, Ben-Hur will be presenting two very special concerts: The Music of Elmo Hope, on June 19, and The Music of Billy Strayhorn, on June 30. But before these momentous events, the critically-acclaimed artist will be appearing with his quartet at Macy's Herald Square on June 14, in a Taste of the JVC Festival (co- sponsored by Izod).

Roni Ben-Hur on the air!

ON WEDNESDAY, JULY 18, 6:00-9:00 PM, TUNE IN TO WKCR 89.9 FM OR WKCR ON THE WEB TO HEAR RONI BEN-HUR HOSTING THE MUSICIAN'S SHOW!

This story appears courtesy of Jason Byrne, Red Cat Publicity.
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