The Human Factory jazz quintet was established 4 years ago by saxophonist Amikam Kimelman.
The set up of the band is considered to be an unusual one, since it is not so common to fined 2 horns and a guitar in a jazz band.
Not only that but, even though each of its member is a leading jazz musician in the Israeli jazz scene, they come from different disciplines, perspectives and styles. This creates a unique sound to the music of The Human Factory which combines Be Bop with Fusion, Hip-Hop and Modern Modal Jazz.
The first album of the band was released in August 2006 under the new Israeli label JAZZ 972 which is artistically directed by Amikam Kimelman.
The Human Factory has already performed at the Essen Jazz Festival (West Germany), the Almaty Jazz Festival (Kazakhstan), the Grahamstown Jazz Festival (South Africa) and in numerous places around Israel.
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Born 1956.Saxophonist, arranger and producer; graduate of The Rubin Academy of Music at Tel Aviv University, and Berklee College of Music. Co-leader of the legendary jazz group "Overdraft", Performed in numerous festivals throughout the world as well as in Israel, played with Lew Soloff, Joanne Brackeen, Franck Amsallem, Jeff Berlin, Dave Leibman, Jean Loup Longnon, Lou Marini and Sheila Jordan to name a few. Arranged and composed for The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, for top Israeli jazz, pop and rock stars such as Rami Kleinstein, Shalom Hanoch, Nurit Galron, Alon Olearchik, Yehoram Gaon, and Gidi Gov, for prime time television shows and for major musical events in Israel. General and Academic Director of the Rimon School of Jazz and Contemporary Music (www.rimonschool.co.il ) Music director and conductor of The Tel Aviv Jazz Big Band and artistic director of the Israeli jazz label JAZZ 972.
For more about Amikam Kimelman please visit: http://www.myspace.com/amikamkimelman
Born 1974.Trombonist.Graduate of the Rimon School of Jazz and Contemporary Music and Berklee College of Music. Performed at the North Sea Jazz Festival, Tel Aviv Jazz Festival, Red Sea Jazz Festival, Kazakhstan Jazz festival and the Essen Jazz Festival.Toured with the European jazz Youth Orchestra in 2001.1st trombonist of the Tel Aviv Jazz Big Band. Recording artist and one of Israel's busiest jazz musicians.
Born 1956.Guitarist arranger and producer. Graduate of The jazz department at the Rubin Academy of Music in Jerusalem. Co- leader of the Pop/Salsa band "Atraf" and member of the legendary jazz group "Neighboring Tone". Performed at the Sacramento Jazz Festival, Breda Jazz Festival-Holland and Kiev Jazz Festival. Head of the guitar department at "Hed" College of Music in Israel, recording artist and a teacher.
Born 1966.One of Israel's leading jazz drummers. Studied with Ed Tigpen.Performed in numerous jazz festivals through out the world and in Israel. Played with Ray Brown, Milt Jackson, John Hicks, Marcus Printup, Venessa Rubin,Eric Alexander and others.
Born 1970. Bassist .Graduate of the Tashkent Music Conservatory and the Tashkent National Music Academy .Master degree from the Rubin Academy of Music in Tel Aviv. Studied with Ray Brown in NY.One of Israel's busiest bass players. Played with The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra as well as with jazz greats Phil Woods, Randy Brecker, Valerie Ponamarov and others.