Listen to Assaf:
Long Ago and Far Away
Neighborhood: Crown Heights, Brooklyn
Ages taught: ages 5-adult
Levels taught: beg-adv
Languages: English, Hebrew
Jazz guitarist and composer Assaf Kehati has made waves in the jazz scene by working with such names as Ran Blake (piano), George Garzone (sax), Eli Degibri (sax), Anat Cohen (clarinet/sax), Ferenc Nemeth (drums), Donny McCaslin (sax), Seamus Blake (sax) and legendary drummers Victor Lewis (Woody Shaw, Stan Getz) and Billy Hart (Miles Davis, Wes Montgomery). Mr. Kehati has performed at some of the world’s leading venues as Blue Note, NYC; Regattabar, Boston; Washington DC Jazz Festival; MuzEnergo Jazz Festival, Russia; New England Cable News, MA; Tel Aviv Museum, Israel; Barranquilla Jazz Festival, Colombia; and Toronto Jazz Festival.
As a leader, Mr. Kehati has recorded two CDs that have received numerous rave reviews – A View From My Window (2010) and Flowers and Other Stories (2011). His compositions are inspired by the daily and trivial, yet wonderful and significant experiences of life: from a winter, snow-laden view of Fenway Park from his apartment porch (A View From My Window), to the mundane but satisfying life of a snail (Sunshine Berale), to a girl seeking love in a land beyond the oceans (The Snow and the Sun), and to a story about the universal character, Mr. Mario that travels the world like a gypsy to places like Africa, the Middle East and the Pyramids in Egypt (Mr.Mario). A third album by Mr. Kehati, “NAKED”, was just recorded and will be released in 2014. For more about Assaf, visit www.AssafKehati.com