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Born and raised in Israel, Uri Gurvich won the Jazz Player of the Year competition in
Israel before relocating to Boston to attend the prestigious Berklee College of Music
studying under Joe Lovano. He has played at prestigious jazz festivals and venues in
Europe, Japan and the US, including Lincoln Center and the Blue Note. Gurvich is an in-
demand saxophonist who won also acclaim as a leader with his debut, The Storyteller,
which was released on John Zorn’s label - Tzadik Records and features some of the
most prominent voices on the contemporary New York jazz scene. The music places
Israeli, Yemenite, East European and North African music into a progressive jazz
context. Recently, Uri joined the band of renowned drummer Francisco Mela – Cuban
Safari, and appears on his latest release from Half Note Records, Tree of Life featuring Esperanza Spalding.