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Oran Etkin grew up playing jazz and began studying with George Garzone at age 14. He studied classical clarinet as an undergraduate and received a Masters in Jazz Performance at the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with Dave Liebman and Dave Krakauer among others. His unique voice on the clarinets and saxophone has contributed to numerous Jazz, African, Klezmer, Brazilian, traditional New Orleans and Classical groups in the US and abroad.

On Oran's upcoming CD on Motema Music, he is joined by Malian Griot musicians such as Balla and Meckane Kouyate and Abdoulaye Diabate as well as grammy award winning artists Lionel Loueke and John Benitez. His duo with Malian guitarist/vocalist Abdoulaye Diabate, in which Oran's bass clarinet is prominently featured, offers a more intimate context to explore the interweaving lines and improvisational nature of this music. Oran also leads a quintet with Jason Marsalis, Fabian Almazan, Garth Stevenson and Curtis Fowlkes.

A strong believer in the importance of music education, Oran is on the faculty of the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music. He has also developed a new method for teaching music to 2-6 year olds that he has implemented with over 400 young students.

Oran has performed at the Blue Note, Central Park SummerStage, Joe's Pub, the United Nations and numerous other venues in the US, Europe, Africa, the Caribbean and the Middle East

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“...a composer of eminent individuality. [Oran Etkin] is also an extraordinary performing musician, who is a soul and mind in search of ultimate truth in aesthetics. He is a profoundly moral, socially responsible man.” — Dr. Yusef Lateef



Album What's New?  Reimagining Benny Goodman by Oran Etkin

What's New? ...

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Album Gathering Light by Oran Etkin

Gathering Light

Motéma Music

Album Wake Up Clarinet!  by Oran Etkin

Wake Up Clarinet!

Motéma Music

Album Kelenia by Oran Etkin


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Miles Davis Miles Davis
Billie Holiday Billie Holiday
voice / vocals
Sonny Rollins Sonny Rollins
Joe Lovano Joe Lovano
saxophone, tenor
Yusef Lateef Yusef Lateef
Sidney Bechet Sidney Bechet
saxophone, soprano
Coleman Hawkins Coleman Hawkins
saxophone, tenor
Dave Liebman Dave Liebman
saxophone, soprano
Archie Shepp Archie Shepp
Steve Lacy Steve Lacy
saxophone, soprano
Betty Carter Betty Carter
voice / vocals
Johnny Dodds Johnny Dodds
Lionel Loueke Lionel Loueke
guitar, acoustic
George Garzone George Garzone
saxophone, tenor

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