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Originally from Israel, Itay started playing the drums at the age of six Itay and was honored to study under the direction of the the finest musician and teachers in Israel.
By the age of 15 Itay was honored to receive a few scholarships and awards for his playing (Berklee College of Music, The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, NY, Stanford Jazz Workshop, Europafest), and play in international jazz festivals.
Itay has been a part of the New York Jazz scene in the last few years and got to work and perform with many great musicians such as – Ravi Coltrane, Tivon Penicott, Tuomo Uusitalo, Mulgrew Miller, Eli Degibri, Doug Weiss, Gadi Lehavi, Cyrille Aimee, Daniel Zamir, Omer Avital, Ofer Ganor, Avishai Cohen and more…
In December of 2016 Itay joined the trio of Jazz master - Johnny O'neal, and performs with him regularly at SMALLS jazz club and around NYC.
"Itay is an extremely talented musician and drummer, with excellent technical abilities. He has dynamic flexibility when playing and great energy supporting the composition and the band. He has immense capabilities in a wide variety of musical styles" (Amit Golan)
"Energetic and imaginative musician, Itay has what it takes to propel and elevate any musical situation" (Ravi Coltrane)
"Itay looks past the polish of over-interpretation and into the heart of whatever is put in front of him" (Tyran Grillo - ALL ABOUT JAZZ)