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Gilad Hekselman

Gilad Hekselman has been developing a reputation as one of the most promising guitarists in New York since his arrival in 2004. After only a few years this native Israeli has shared the stage with some of the greatest artists in the New York City jazz scene including Chris Potter, Mark Turner, John Scofield, Anat Cohen, Ari Hoenig, Esperanza Spalding, Sam Yahel, Jeff Ballard, Gretchen Parlato, Avishai Cohen, Jeff 'Tain' Watts, Tigran Hamasyan, Aaron Parks and Greg Hutchinson.

Gilad has played all major jazz clubs in New York City including the Blue Note, The Jazz Standard, Dizzy's Club and Smalls. He is constantly touring world-wide and has played most noteworthy jazz festivals including Montreux (Sui), North Sea (Ned), Montreal (Can) & San Francisco (USA).

Gilad is the winner of the 2005 Gibson Montreux International Guitar Competition. He opened for guitar legend Paco de Lucia at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 2006, which led to a string of performances at the IAJE Conference and at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola in New York.

That same year Gilad released his debut album SplitLife (Smalls Records) recorded with bassist Joe Martin and drummer Ari Hoenig. It received rave reviews from the press as did his second album, Words Unspoken (LateSet Records), recorded and released in 2008 with Joe Martin, drummer Marcus Gilmore and tenor saxophonist Joel Frahm.

In 2009, Gilad recorded three tracks for Walt Disney Records, one of which was included in the record Everybody Wants To Be a Cat (2011). The album features versions to Disney songs played by a top-shelf lineup of musicians including Dave Brubeck, Joshua Redman, Esperanza Spalding, Diane Reeves, Roy Hargrove, Kurt Rosenwinkel, The Bad Plus and many other jazz legends.

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”possessing a distinctive lyricism and easily embraceable artfulness that seems to reach beyond his years... Hekselman has a pristine, crystalline sound and a bright playing style that seems as natural and sustaining as air and water... Imagine a brightly lit day, sunlight on water - you are there. If Monet’s waterlily studies were music this could be it... Hekselman performs with a quiet assertiveness and expertise that is winning throughout...”

Laurel Gross, All About Jazz

“...Gilad Hekselman's SplitLife (Smalls Records) is everything one could hope for in a debut release

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Upcoming Shows

Date Detail Price
Jan26Sat
Gilad Hekselman 'ask For Chaos' Cd Release
Sam First
Los Angeles, CA
$25
Jan26Sat
Gilad Hekselman
Sam First
Los Angeles, CA
$25
Feb5Tue
Ben Wendel Seasons Band
The Art Boutiki
San Jose, CA
$30.00
Feb20Wed
John Raymond, Real Feels, Gilad Hekselman, Colin Stranahan
Arts + Literature Laboratory
Madison, WI
Feb22Fri
John Raymond, Real Feels, Gilad Hekselman, Colin Stranahan
Blue Whale
Los Angeles, CA
Feb23Sat
John Raymond, Real Feels, Gilad Hekselman, Colin Stranahan
Blue Whale
Los Angeles, CA
Mar29Fri
Ben Wendel Seasons Group With Gilad Hekselman
Chris' Jazz Café
Philadelphia, PA
$20

Discography

Ask For Chaos

Ask For Chaos

Hexophonic Music/Motéma
2018

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Homes

Homes

Jazz Village
2016

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Homes

Homes

Jazz Village
2015

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This Just In

This Just In

Jazz Village
2013

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Hearts Wide Open

Le Chant du Monde
2012

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Hearts Wide Open

Hearts Wide Open

Jazz Village
2011

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Ask For Chaos

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