Born: April 10, 1982 Primary Instrument: Piano
At the age of 23, after graduating from the Berklee College of Music, Israeli jazz pianist Roy Assaf moved to New York City to pursue his dream. Just a few months passed before he met legendary bassist and producer John Lee; soon Roy found himself touring around the world and playing the most prestigious festivals, clubs, and concert halls with the Dizzy Gillespie All Stars, a band that included James Moody, Jimmy Heath, Paquito D’Rivera, Roy Hargrove, Lewis Nash, Randy Brecker, Antonio Hart, and other jazz masters. Before long, Roy was getting calls from some of the world’s most influential contemporary jazz bands: Slide Hampton Sextet, The Mingus Big Band, Steve Turre’s bands, Roberta Gambarini Quartet, David Sanborn Group, Claudio Roditi Quartet, and many others....
Awards:1.ASCAP Foundation Young Jazz Composer Award (2008) 2. 31st Downbeat Student Music Award - Outstanding Performance (2008) 3. 30th Downbeat Student Music Award - Best Arrangement (2007) 4. Charlie Palmieri Memorial Piano Competiion - 2nd Place (2006) 5. Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute Award (2004-2006) 6. America-Israel Cultural Foundation Prize for Young Musicians (2000-2004)
“Roy Assaf is an amazing pianistyou will defiantly be learning a lot of good things about him.” (Kenny Barron, April 2007)
“Roy Assaf is a strong young pianist with a good sound and feeling. He was a pleasure to work with and brought some good energy to my ensemble.” (Joe Lovano, May 2005)
“I was impressed with his knowledge of the Jazz idiom, his harmonic concept and the flow of ideas during his solo improvisation. I believe he has a great talent and a potential to become one of the “players” in the Jazz world.” (Michel Camilo, Dec. 2003)
“I had the privilege to meet a very promising and diligent musician. It is quite plain to see and I can foresee that through its earnest efforts at consistency and hard work, added to his natural talent he will without a doubt become one of the major contributions to our world of music.” (Kenny Werner, January 2002)
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New York, NY
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Roy Assaf has been teaching piano and instructing jazz ensembles worldwide, while focusing on the following areas: - Basic theory - Various piano techniques - Classical repertoire - Jazz repertoire - Improvisation - Ear training - Jazz harmony - Accompanying singers and horns - Group communication for jazz groups * 2002/03: Band Instructor at the jazz department of The Thelma Yellin High School of the Arts (Israel) * April 2007: Introduction to Jazz Workshops at PS 36A School (New York City) * Roy Assaf is currently available for private lessons in the New York City metropolitan area. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.