Internationally acclaimed Israeli jazz saxophonist, composer and bandleader, Eli Degbiri, will be performing at the 2016 International Jazz Day Global Concert, hosted by President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at The White House.
The concert will be broadcast nationally on ABC on April 30th—International Jazz Day—and streamed across the globe by the United Nations and UNESCO. A remarkable list of artists and living legends will take the stage along with Degibri, including Chick Corea
, Sting, Pat Metheny
, Aretha Franklin, Esperanza Spalding
, and of course, Herbie Hancock
, whom Degibri toured with when he was just 19 years old.
It would be a great honor just to be invited to play with any single one of the amazing musicians that are performing that night, let alone to be with all of them at The White House and in front of President Obama who I also have so much admiration for. I am so grateful and humbled to have been invited." –-Eli DegibriAbout Eli Degibri
Eli Degibri has recorded and performed extensively since the mid-1990s. Bill Milkowski of JazzTimes Magazine calls Eli, “an exceptionally melodic improviser with a big, bold tenor tone." Jazz icon Herbie Hancock added that Degibri is, “a very talented composer, arranger, and performer", whose music, “treads uncharted waters."
Degibri, has recorded seven albums as a leader, and toured and recorded with notable veterans such as Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter
, Al Foster
, Brad Mehldau
, Kurt Rosenwinkel
, and the Mingus Big Band. His latest album, Cliff Hangin’
, was released in the US earlier this year. This is Eli's second time participating at the Global Jazz Day Concert, having also performed at the inaugural event in 2012 at the United Nations in New York City
For interview requests and more information, visit degibri.com or contact ori@fluxure