Eli Degibri

Composer // Soprano Sax // Tenor Sax // Leader

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Born in Israel in 1978 Eli's musical career began at the age of 7 when he started playing the mandolin. His first loves were the woodwinds but he was too small to take on such an instrument. At the age of 10, Eli picked up the alto saxophone and switched to tenor sax at 15. Eli attended the Thelma Yellin high school for arts.

At age 16, Eli was offered a full scholarship to attend the Berklee College Of Music's Summer performance program in Boston. The following year Eli received the summer scholarship again. At the age of 18, Eli was offered a full scholarship to attend Berklee and began his studies in 1997.

After a few months at Berklee, Eli was encouraged to audition to the Thelonious Monk Jazz Institute (held at the New England Conservatory in Boston). He was among six other musicians who were invited to attend the Institute's two-year college program for a select group of the world's most gifted musicians. During his studies with the Monk Institute he was privileged to study with the world's most talented jazz musicians. He also toured with the group in 1998 and represented US Jazz in the Summit of the Americas.

In 1999, Eli graduated the Monk Institute with Honors and was invited by Herbie Hencock to tour with The Herbie Hancock Sextet for two and a half years. Following his tour in the USA, Europe, Japan and South America Eli formed his own quintet and began performing extensively worldwide working with great sidemen Aaron Goldberg, Jeff Ballard, Ben Street, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Mark Turner, Jason Lindner, Larry Grenadier, Gregory Hutchinson and Ethan Iverson.

Mr. Degibri regularly performs and tours with legendary drummer Al Foster, and also played with the Mingus Big Band, the Eric Reed Quintet, and Brazilian drummer Paolo Braga and performed as a guest artist with the Ron Carter Quartet.

Eli is fortunate to have studied with legendary artists Herbie Hencock, Ron Carter, Clark Terry, Eric Reed, Dave Holland, Jimmy Heath, Barry Harris, Benny Golson and studied composition with the legendary Bob Brookmeyer.

Eli's debut CD In The Beginning came out under the Fresh Sound's label in 2003 to critical acclaim. His second CD One Little Song a duo with pianist Kevin Hays was self published early in 2006. His third CD, Emotionally Available was released in July 2006 under the Fresh Sounds label.

Eli is a recipient many international awards including the America-Israel cultural foundation, the Israel Cultural Excellence Foundation (IcExcellence) and most recently he was presented with Israel's Prime Minister's award for jazz composition 2006.

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