Born: April 10, 1982
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....
Awards1.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)
Second Row Behind The PainterOne Trick Dog Records
Respect, Vol.1Jazz Legacy Productions
Augmented RealityDaywood Drive Records
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