George W Russell Jr.
Yoron Israel is a drummer, percussionist, composer, band leader, and educator. He is the chair and professor of the Percussion department at Berklee College of Music. He has performed and/or recorded with such notable artists as Otis Clay, Shirley Caesar, Kenny Burrell, Horace Silver, Sonny Rollins, Abbey Lincoln, Ahmad Jamal, Benny Golson, Curtis Fuller, Clark Terry, Joe Henderson, Bobby Hutchinson, Art Farmer, Freddie Hubbard, Jimmy Heath, Cedar Walton, Grover Washington, Freddie Cole, Tony Bennett, Joe Williams, Pharoah Sanders, David "Fathead" Newman, Red Holloway, Larry Coryell, Doctor Lonnie Smith, Bennie Wallace, Joe Lovano, Tom Harrell, Vanessa Rubin, Kevin Mahogany, Roy Hargrove, Bill Mays, James Williams, Cyrus Chestnut, and Joshua Redman.
As a leader, Israel has recorded four albums—Basic Traneing, Chicago, Live at the Blue Note, and A Gift for You—and is now working on a fifth. Basic Traneing reached number 3 on the National Jazz chart in 2004. His projects include the trio Organic with organist Kyle Koehler and guitarist Ed Cherry, his quintet Connection with vibraphonist Bryan Carrott, guitarist Ed Cherry, and bassist Sean Conly, and the newly formed Boston band High Standards. He tours regularly with Italian saxophonist Marco Pignataro and vibraphonist Jay Hoggard, in addition to performing and recording in the New England area with artists such as Abraham Laboriel, Eddie Gomez, Frank Morgan, Joanne Brackeen, Eliane Elias, Larry Goldings, Ann Hampton Callaway, Jane Ira Bloom, Clark Terry, Joey DeFrancesco, The Macanda Project, Laszlo Gardony, Stan Strickland, Donna McElroy, Gabrielle Goodman, Shawn Monterro, and Lance Bryant.
Israel's influences and experiences range from jazz to world styles, gospel, contemporary Christian, funk, r&b, and orchestral music. He received a bachelor's degree in music from Roosevelt University in 1986 and a master's degree in music from Rutgers University in 1997. He has been recognized in publications such as Jazz.com, Variety, Jazz Improv Magazine, Down Beat, Jazz Times, Modern Drummer, Stick It, and Percussive Notes, among others. Israel is the author of the educational DVD Creative Jazz Improvisation for Drum Set, published by Hal Leonard and Berklee Press. He was formerly on the faculty at Rutgers University, William Paterson University, and Mannes New School, and he continues to teach privately and conduct clinics, workshops, residencies, and music camps throughout the world.