Avram Fefer

Primary Instrument: Saxophone

Born: June 9    

Avram Fefer

Avram Fefer is a musical force to be reckoned with. He has led or co-led bands through ten highly regarded albums, and contributed to many more as a sideman. With a distinctive voice on alto, tenor, and soprano saxophones, as well as Bb and bass clarinet, he brings depth, intelligence, and soulfulness to every situation he's in. These include performances and recordings of straight-ahead and avant-garde jazz, as well as jazz-funk, West-African, modern orchestral music, and free jazz. His latest release, Eliyahu (NotTwo Records 2011), brings these varied passions and explorations into a beautiful unity, resulting in perhaps his best album yet....
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RITUAL---”A ruggedly appealing new CD” --- NYTimes

“The fire ignited by saxophonist Avram Fefer is fresh, yet it sounds as eternal as all things avant in jazz... a stellar example of the trio tradition.

Fefer's varied experience, be it playing hypnotic West African traditional music or electro-acoustic trip-hop, informs his highly developed sense of swing. His coiled phrasing lends these propulsive excursions an infectious, groove-oriented focus.” (

“Ear-grabbing work from this killer trio. ...has a sense of groove that's undeniable…. drawn-out, soulful explorations that ring out with a sense of freedom and an inherent swing” (

“This is great new jazz. What else is there to say?” (

“Fefer leads a scalding trio on this disc.

There was a raw and palpable sense that the musicians were reaching for something special. All three musicians worked together, supporting each other and combing their talents in pursuit of a common goal.” (

“True surprises in jazz may be rare these days, but the Avram Fefer Trio's ability to upset the status quo seems like a sure thing.”

Derek Taylor (

“Possessed of an undeniably spiritual feel for the music, Avram Fefer understands the importance of percussion for connecting with the human pulse, as well as the use of horn lines to express what the heart, in all of its complexity, feels.”

Don Williamson (

“Three things strike the listener immediately upon hearing this recording (Calling All Spirits). The first is the big tone that Avram Fefer projects on saxophone, particularly on the opening tune, an unusual version of Mingus' Orange Was the Color of Her Dress in which Fefer recalls the cavernous sound of Coleman Hawkins. The second is Fefer's sense of melody. The saxophonist has little difficulty exposing himself in front of only bass and drums, a risky business to be sure, but one in which he appears comfortable, in part due to his grasp of a song's essence. Which brings us to the third characteristic, his ability to take a familiar (or at least seemingly familiar) song and turn it inside out without emasculating its essence.”

Steven Loewy (All Music Guide)

”Fefer is definitely fashioning an unshakable identity.”

Ken Waxman (

“Sometimes lightning strikes twice. As proof, legendary expatriate Bobby Few has teamed with fellow sound explorer Avram Fefer for two fresh releases of very different character, and with near-perfect results. (Kindred Spirits and Heavenly Places)”

Chad Kushins (

  • Ritual

    Clean Feed Records
  • Heavenly Places

  • Kindred Spirits

    Boxholder Records
  • Few and Far Between

    Boxholder Records

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New York, NY

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Patient, inspiring private teacher with 20 years experience is now accepting new students. See what a difference a really great teacher can make! We will address issues of rhythm, melody, harmony, tone production/breath, ear training, and improvisation. All ages, levels and styles are accepted and encouraged. Sax, Clarinet, Flute, and/or Specialized Improvisation lessons are all available. Sliding scale fees, flexible Times, and convenient location in downtown Manhattan. Call 212-460-8709 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              212-460-8709      end_of_the_skype_highlighting for details.

Clinic/Workshop Information:
Clinics available for all levels and styles. Private and Ensemble lessons. We will cover listening habits, breath support for wind players, rhythm, melody, harmony, composition, motific development for all instruments. Chords, chord changes, free improvisation. Balance, tempo, range, articulation, interaction for ensembles.

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Tenor--Selmer Balanced Action; Alto--Selmer Balanced Action; Soprano-- Selmer MK VI; Bari--Weltklang; Bass Clarinet-- Selmer low Eb; Clarinet--Buffet R13.

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