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Yoron Israel

Yoron Israel


Yoron Israel is a drummer, percussionist, composer, band leader, educator, and author. Formerly on the Rutgers University, William Paterson University, and Mannes New School faculty, He is Department Chair and Professor of Percussion at Berklee College of Music. Yoron also serves as Pastor of Music and Arts at Destiny Life Center International Church, Randolph, MA. He has performed with such varied and notable artists as Otis Clay, Shirley Caesar, Kenny Burrell, Horace Silver, Sonny Rollins, Abbey Lincoln, Ahmad Jamal, Benny Golson, David "Fathead" Newman, Curtis Fuller, Art Farmer, Clark Terry, Joe Henderson, Bobby Hutchinson, James Williams, Joe Lovano, and many more. 

Additionally, Yoron Israel is featured on over 300 recordings with various illustrious artists as an accompanist. As a leader, He has recorded seven albums, including his most being, New Dreams, featuring his ensemble "Trio Plus." Other critical acclaimed works include This Moment and Visions: The Music of Stevie Wonder, with his quartet "High Standards;" Basic Traneing, which reached number 3 on the National Jazz Charts and Chicago, with Yoron's Organ group "Organic;" Live at the Blue Note, and A Gift for You, featuring his quintet "Connection." As a co-leader of the Yoron Israel/Frank Walton Sextet, Yoron has produced three recordings, including Live in ChicagoThe Back Step, and Live at the HotHouse. Mr. Israel tours regularly with pianist Laszlo Gardony, The Makanda Project, vocalist Shawn Monteiro, and vibraphonist Jay Hoggard when not leading his own bands.

Yoron's influences include Jazz, World, Gospel, Contemporary Christian, Funk, R&B, and Orchestral Music. He received his Bachelor's degree in music from Roosevelt University and a Master's degree in music from Rutgers University. He has been recognized in publications such as, Variety, Jazz Improv Magazine, Down Beat, Jazz Times, Modern Drummer, Stick It, and Percussive Notes. Also, Israel is the author of the educational DVD Creative Jazz Improvisation for Drum Set (Hal Leonard/Berklee Press) and the Berklee online course Drum Set Fundamentals. He continues to teach privately, conducts clinics, workshops, residencies, and music camps worldwide.