Award-winning jazz pianist Tamir Hendelman plays alongside upright bassist Alex Frank and jazz drummer Dean Koba. Together, the trio explores jazz standards, Brazilian music, blues, and Tamir’s Israeli roots.
Sponsored by Gabriela & Peter Gottlieb
Yamaha CFX Concert Grand graciously provided by Yamaha Artist Services, New York, in association with Classic Pianos of Denver
Two 45-Minute Sets with Intermission
Tamir Hendelman is a phenomenon – blistering technique, quick wit as an improviser, and profoundly refined pianism. Born in Tel Aviv, Tamir began studying piano at age 6. Almost four decades later, Tamir commands the high ground as composer, arranger, educator and performer. Tamir famously drives the piano seats of the Jeff Hamilton Trio and the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra. He serves on UCLA’s jazz faculty. He has burnished his career as the go-to arranger and accompanist for singers – Natalie Cole, Roberta Gambarini, Jackie Ryan, and Barbra Streisand among them. Tamir has been in steady demand as pianist and arranger, touring the US, Europe and Asia, and has received awards from ASCAP and National Foundation For Advancement in the Arts. The trio will perform music from Tamir’s jazz-chart-topping release, Playground and Destinations. Tamir Hendelman is a Yamaha Artist.
Alex Frank recently graduated from Oberlin Conservatory, where he studied with Peter Dominguez and jazz giant Eddie Gomez from the Bill Evans Trio. The Los Angeles native has also studied with legendary bassist John Clayton as well as David Allen Moore of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Alex has recently recorded with trumpeter Marcus Belgrave (Ray Charles Band), songwriter Robb Strandlund (The Eagles’ Already Gone), Tyler Robinson (NBC’s The Voice), and is featured on the film soundtracks What’s My Diagnosis and Sherman’s Way. Alex often performs with James Tormé, Bill Holman, Nick Mancini, John Daversa, and Barbara Morrison, and has played with the likes of Benny Golson, Gary Bartz, Josh Nelson, Tom Luer, Melissa Morgan, Sam Barsh, Mike Lang, Graham Dechter, Andy Langham, and Stevie Wonder.
Dean Koba is native of Honolulu, Hawaii. He has performed with numerous jazz greats some of which include Benny Bailey, Bud Shank, Jeff Clayton, John Clayton, Bill Cunliffe, Dee Daniels, Walter Norris, Bob Sheppard, Gary Foster, Fareed Haque, Makoto Ozone, Roberta Gamborini, Jackie Ryan, and Tamir Hendelman. He is featured on several recordings with bassist Christoph Luty, the Acoustic Jazz Quartet, The Bayou Brass Band, Brent Jenson, and the Greg Reitan trio. Dean studied music at Northwestern University (BA) and USC School of Music (MM). He also studied privately with Jeff Hamilton (Ray Brown, Oscar Peterson, Diana Krall), Joe Labarbera (Bill Evans, Tony Bennett), and Greg Field (Count Basie Orchestra, Frank Sinatra).
“[Tamir’s] playing… was so sensitive, introspective and captivating, that you could literally hear a pin drop in an audience of some 500 people.” – Fred Eckstein, LA Jazz Scene
“Hendelman played with a fullness of content and intensity, bringing new presentations of tunes. Not a fixed position player, Hendelman wears off the ivory over the entire keyboard. The trio yielded a magnificent product, well worthy of repeated listening.” – Harvey Barkan, LA Jazz Scene
“What increasingly distinguishes Hendelman is his gift for imaginative arranging. For one thing, he will compose an introduction that makes it difficult to predict what follows, but seems perfectly suited –even organic—once the tune begins.” –Dr. Judith Schlesinger, All About Jazz
“Pianist Tamir Hendelman stands out for the synthesis of his jazz concept with his strong Brazilian chops.” – Patricia Albella, LA Jazz Scene