Israeli JazzPhest Returns to Philadelphia


Jazz musicians from Israel and the United States will blow into Philly in early November for the sixth annual Israeli JazzPhest.

Jazz musicians from Israel and the United States will blow into Philadelphia in early November for the sixth annual Israeli JazzPhest.

The five-show festival, spanning 11 days, is sponsored by the Consulate General of Israel in Philadelphia and the Center for Israel and Overseas of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, and will present performers from across the jazz spectrum.

The festival opens on  Nov. 8 with the Mattan Klein Ensemble paying tribute to the late Naomi Shemer, who wrote “Yerushalayim Shel Zahav” and who died in 2004. Led by Klein, a flutist born in Jerusalem, the ensemble will perform Shemer’s compositions during a Kabbalat Shabbat concert at Temple Sholom ( in Broomall, beginning at 7 p.m.

The Itai Kris Sextet will serve jazz sunny side-up during a brunch on Nov. 10 at noon at World Café Live ( in University City. Kris, a flutist from Israel now based in New York, will play a fusion of Middle Eastern and Latin music. The ensemble also includes Dennis Hernandez on trumpet; Edgar Pantoja-Aleman on piano; Or Bareket on bass; Dan Aran on drums and percussion; and Yusnier Sanchez Bustamante on congas and percussion.

On Nov. 16, trumpeter Itamar Borochov will draw from his hometown of Jaffa, a city with sizable Muslim and Jewish populations, when he performs music with his quintet in the Arab and Pan-African traditions at 8 p.m. at the Painted Bride Art Center ( at Second and Vine streets. Borochov, who also performs with the renowned world music group Yemen Blues, will be joined by Orrin Evans on piano; Lucas Pino on tenor sax; Alex Claffy on bass; and Gene Jackson on drums.

World Café Live will host another Sunday brunch show on Nov. 17 at noon featuring the Reut Regev Trio playing a blend of music that cuts across the klezmer, rock, blues and classical genres. Regev, a trombonist born in Israel who now lives in New York, will perform with Adam Long on bass and Igal Foni on drums.

The festival will close on Nov. 18 with the North American debut of Ayala Ingedashet, an Ethiopian-born singer who moved to Israel at age 2. Ingedashet holds the distinction of being the first Ethiopian singer to serve in an Israeli military music band. The show will start at 7 p.m. at International House Philadelphia ( in University City.

For more information, visit the Israeli JazzPhest’s Facebook page.


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