Eli Degibri
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Eli Degibri
Eli Degibri
Born (1978-05-03) May 3, 1978 (age 40)
Jaffa, Israel
LabelsPiLi, Plus Loin, Anzic
Al Foster, Herbie Hancock

Eli Degibri (Hebrew: '?) (born May 3, 1978 in Jaffa, Israel) is an Israeli jazz saxophonist, composer, and arranger.

Early life

Degibri first began playing the mandolin at age 7 in an after school music program at the Jaffa Conservatory of Music. Three years later, after attending a jazz concert, he became enamored with the saxophone and switched his studies to that instrument.

In 1994 Degibri was selected to receive a full scholarship to attend the Berklee College of Music's Summer Performance Program. The following year Degibri was again awarded a full scholarship, and participated in the Berklee program for a second summer.

In 1997, at age 18, Degibri received a full scholarship to attend the Berklee College of Music and relocated to the United States. After a year at Berklee, he was one of only six musicians to be selected, with a full scholarship, to attend the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz[1][2] program, where he studied and performed with Ron Carter, Benny Golson, Jimmy Heath and Clark Terry.


After graduating from the Monk Institute in 1999, Degibri was asked to join pianist Herbie Hancock's sextet, playing the music of Hancock's album Gershwin's World. He toured the world with them for two and a half years and appeared on The Jazz Channel Presents Herbie Hancock in 2002.

In 2002 he moved to New York City and formed a quintet with Kurt Rosenwinkel, Aaron Goldberg, Ben Street, and Jeff Ballard. The band performed at the Blue Note, the Jazz Standard, 55 Bar, and Smalls Jazz Club. That same year Degibri joined the Al Foster Quartet.

In 2003, he released his first album, In the Beginning.[3] In 2006, he released his second album, Emotionally Available, again on Fresh Sound. That year, he appeared on another album, One Little Song, a duo collaboration with pianist Kevin Hays. He was featured on Al Foster's 2008 album Love, Peace and Jazz!,[4] a live recording at the Village Vanguard, and on Foster's 2008 DVD The Paris Concert.[5] A live show of the Al Foster Quartet at the Village Vanguard was broadcast on NPR on May 21, 2008.[6]

In 2008 Degibri formed an organ trio with Gary Versace and Obed Calvaire and released his fourth album, Live at Louis 649.[7]

In 2010, he released the album Israeli Song on Anzic Records with Ron Carter, Al Foster, and Brad Mehldau.

In January 2011 he was invited to headline at the Red Sea Jazz Festival's first winter edition, where he performed in a duo with pianist Kenny Barron.[8] In April 2011 he joined drummer Al Foster, bassist George Mraz, and pianist Fred Hersch at Birdland Jazz Club in New York for a performance dedicated to Joe Henderson.[9] The quartet was also invited to perform at the 2011 North Sea Jazz Festival [10] and Gent Jazz Festival.

In October 2011 Degibri was chosen as the successor to bassist Avishai Cohen as co-Artistic Director of the Red Sea Jazz Festival.[11]

On April 30, 2012 he was invited to be a part of UNESCO's first International Jazz Day at the UN General Assembly in New York.[12]

On August 29, 2013 he released his sixth album, Twelve, on Degibri's label, PiLi Records, with Plus Loin Music and Gadi Lehavi, Ofri Nehemya, and Barak Mori. Degibri has also worked with Eric Reed and the Mingus Big Band.

Tom Oren has played with the Eli Degibri Quartet since 2017.[13]


As leader

  • In the Beginning (2003)
  • Emotionally Available (2006)
  • Live at Louis 649 (2008)
  • Israeli Song (2010)
  • Twelve (2013)
  • Cliff Hangin' (Blujazz, 2016)

As co-leader

Selected sideman

  • The Jazz Channel Presents Herbie Hancock (2002) - Herbie Hancock
  • Love, Peace and Jazz! Live at the Village Vanguard (2008) - Al Foster
  • The Paris Concert (2008) - Al Foster


  1. ^ Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Alumni
  2. ^ Monk Institute Awards and Honors - Berklee students and alumni
  3. ^ Turner, Mark F. (March 2004). "In The Beginning". All About Jazz.
  4. ^ Ruhlmann, William (October 2008). "Al Foster Quartet: Love, Peace and Jazz!". Jazz Times.
  5. ^ "Al Foster Quartet: The Paris Concert". E-Jazz-Lines.
  6. ^ "Al Foster Quartet: Live at the Village Vanguard". WBGO. May 21, 2008.
  7. ^ "Live at Louis 649 :: Anzic Records". Anzic Records. August 2008. Archived from the original on 2011-07-07.
  8. ^ "Eli Degibri & Kenny Barron Duo at the Red Sea Jazz Festival". January 2011. Archived from the original on 2011-07-27.
  9. ^ "Music of Joe Henderson". The Wall Street Journal. April 2011.
  10. ^ "Music of Joe Henderson at the North Sea Jazz Festival 2011".
  11. ^ "Ynet, Eli Degibri & Dubi Lenz, Red Sea Jazz Festival". October 2011.
  12. ^ "International Jazz Day Official Website".
  13. ^ Chinen, Nate (3 December 2018). "The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz International Piano Competition Has a Winner". WBGO. Retrieved 2018.

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