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Primary Instrument: Sax, tenor

Born: May 3, 1978

Born and raised in Israel, saxophonist Eli Degibri first began playing the mandolin at age 7 in an after school music program at the Jaffa Conservatory of Music. Three years later, after attending a jazz concert, he became enamored with the saxophone and switched his studies to that instrument.

At 16, Degibri has already worked professionally with some of the major names in the Israeli music scene establishing himself as one of the leading musicians in Israel. That same year (1994) Degibri was selected to receive a full scholarship to attend the Berklee College of Music’s Summer Performance Program. The following year Degibri was again awarded a full scholarship, and participated in the Berklee College of Music program for a second summer....
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“Don’t miss him. He commanded attention when he toured with Herbie Hancock. He is a very modern improviser, superartful; his creations are spiky and fractured but immaculately sculptured.” —Ben Ratliff, The New York Times

A very talented composer, arranger, and performer… the caliber of which is a rare find in jazz today. Degibri’s music treads uncharted waters...” —Herbie Hancock

“Degibri knows how to tell a story, lots of feeling, lots of thought, he’s a wonderful melodist. I don’t hear these qualities in other young musicians. In fact, Eli is the only young saxophonist that I know that his playing gives me joy.” —Al Foster

Music

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    Twelve

    Eli & Guy
    2013
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    Israeli Song

    Anzic Records
    2010
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    Eli Degibri: Israeli Song


    2010
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    In The Beginning

    Fresh Sound New Talent
    2004
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    In The Begining

    Eli & Guy
    2003
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