The Jerusalem Jazz Band was founded in 1986 by Boris Gammer. The exciting and unique sound of the band, combined with the outstanding musicianship of exuberance of its members, has brought audiences to their feet in clubs and concert halls. The JJB has participated in Jazz and cultural festivals throughout Europe, the United States and at home in Israel, receiving rave reviews in the press and in audience polls.
Boris Gammer was born in Riga in 1949. He began studies in violin at age 7, switching to clarinet at age 13. He played his first professional job in a Dixieland band a year later. In 1965 he took up saxophone and flute, and at age 17 he led his first modern Jazz combo, which was soon chosen "Best Young Jazz Group of the Soviet Union". By the year of his immigration to Israel, Boris had received 18 awards in Jazz and had played in sessions with many American and European artists, including members of the Duke Ellington Orchestra, The Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Band, Niels Pedersen and Oscar Peterson. Boris immigrated to Israel in 1978, where he immediately joined the forefront of the Israeli Jazz scene, performing, teaching and conducting.
The Jerusalem Jazz Band is:
Boris Gammer, Leader, Arranger, Clarinet
Stanislav Kunin, Soprano Saxophone, Clarinet
Aaron Chankin, Tenor Saxophone
Yosi Regev, Trombone
Aharoni Benari, Banjo & Guitar
Eduard Rozonov, Bass
Michael Markovitch, Drums
Shmulik Kovalsky, Soprano Saxophone
Meer Zibul, Trombone
Thierry Wieder, Banjo & Guitar