Drummer | Percussionist | Educator | Bandleader | Composer | Author
Yoron Israel’s varied credentials and illustrious career includes 12 recordings as a leader and over 200 recordings as an accompanist. His latest release,
This Moment - Live in Boston has received rave reviews, and Visions – The Music of Stevie Wonder was among Jazz Week’s top 100 recordings of 2012.
Other releases on his record label, Ronja Music, are A Gift for You and Basic Traneing. The latter reached number three on the National Jazz Charts in 2004. As co-leader of the Frank Walton/Yoron Israel Sextet, Live in Chicago (Hal-Wal Records) is another prolific recording that captured the ensemble in an inspired performance at the University of Chicago in 2014.
When not performing with his quartet, High Standards, or other Yoron Israel-led projects including, Organic and Connection, Yoron performs regularly with vibraphonist Jay Hoggard, vocalist Ann Hampton Callaway, and numerous premiere Boston-based artists such as Laszlo Gardony, Gabrielle Goodman, Donna McElroy, The Makanda Project and Akili Jamal Haynes.
Yoron has performed, toured internationally and recorded with such renown artists as, Sonny Rollins, Ahmad Jamal, Horace Silver, Art Farmer, Abbey Lincoln, Tony Bennett, David “Fathead” Newman, Kenny Burrell, Clifford Jordan, Jim Hall, Gloria Lynn, James Williams, Cedar Walton, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Oliver Lake, Eddie Gomez, Eliane Elias, Red Holloway, Larry Coryell, Joe Lovano, Tom Harrell, Roy Hargrove, Vanessa Rubin, Cyrus Chestnut, and Avery Sharpe, among numerous others.
He earned his Masters of Music degree from Rutgers University (New Brunswick, NJ) and Bachelor of Music degree from Roosevelt University (Chicago IL). He is currently Assistant Chair & Professor of Percussion at Berklee College of Music.
He has been teaching on the collegiate level since 1992, as a faculty member at Rutgers University, William Patterson University, and Mannes College - The New School For Music. He is also the Pastor of Music and Arts at Victory World Church, Canton MA.
Yoron continues to present music camps, clinics and workshops across the world. His educational DVD, Creative Improvisation for the Drum Set, published by Hal Leonard and Berklee Press, continues to receive admiral reviews throughout the industry.
He has authored the highly popular Berklee Online course, entitled Drumset Fundamentals, and is currently working on two books that are planned for publication in 2017.
Yoron is an endorser of Sonor Drums, Zildjian Cymbals, Evans Drum Heads, Vater Signature Drumsticks, Mallets, and Brushes and Hamilton Stands.
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