Born: May 27, 1988 Primary Instrument: Guitar
At the young age of 21 guitarist Dida Pelled has already established herself as one of the most in demand musicians in Israel, aside from leading her own trio, dida has worked with various jazz combos as well as some of Israel’s most popular rock and pop acts, performing at high profile venues such as the givataim theater, the guitar festival in the south, shablul jazz club, Milestone jazz club and more.
After graduating from the prestigious Jazz department of the Thelma Yellin high School in Tel Aviv Dida was chosen by the Israeli Army to serve as an outstanding musician and spent two years traveling the country playing in high profile events where she functioned as the guitarist and vocalist of the group.
Once released from the Army Dida set up her mind to relocate to the USA in peruse of her musical carrier. Dida received a full scholarship from the Berkley collage of music in Boston and a scholarship from The New School University in NY City where she is studying these days. Dida is a recipient of the prestigious AICF scholarship.
Notable performances include playing with accomplished musicians such as: Roy Hargrove, Gregory Hutchonson, Jordi Rossi, The Diva Jazz orchestra, Joe Cohn, Ephraim Shamir, the Thelma Yellin big band, Amos Hoffman, Shay Zelman, Ofer Ganor, Art Hirahara, Jason Brown and many others.
In the short time spent in NY Dida has already played at some of New York’s most prestigious Jazz clubs such as the famous Bird Land, Smalls Jazz Club, Dizzy's- Jazz at Lincoln Center, Fat Cat jazz club, Bar next door, the mythological Arturo’s and other notable Jazz landmarks .
With 10 fingers that are wise beyond their 21 years, Pelled is the jazzbo guitar slinger that Emily Remler should have been. Rounding things out with a pomo Betty Boop voice that easily matches her cutie pie face, she is a jazz promoters dream. A red ribbon package throughout, Pelled is one of the brightest new stars on the jazz horizon. Hot stuff. (Midwest Record)
Pelled's voice and guitar tone complement each other in their simplicity and warmth. Playfully sexy and intelligent, Pelled's talent exists as a complete package, perfectly capable of solo performance, but clearly benefiting from the company. (All About Jazz)
Dida plays jazz by candlelight with a snifter of smooth, fragrant Cognac, taking you back to that electricity-in-the-air feeling of a first date. (Guitar instructor)