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Roy A.

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Influences: Eroll Garner, John Coltrane, Gene Harris, Miles Davis, Ahmad Jamal,Herbie Hancock, Roy Haynes, Lee Morgan, Keith Jarrett, Thelonious Monk,Hank Mobley, Mulgrew Miller, Danilo Perez,Branford Marsalis, Brad Mehldau, Michael Brecker, Charlie Haden and many more.

About Me:
Breaking into the music scene only a few years ago, pianist Roy A. as already earned acclaim from jazz masters Kenny Barron and Jason Moran. With appearances on 20 albums as a sideman and co-leader, Roy’s first album as a leader—titled “Respect” and being released on Jazz Legacy Productions—includes such remarkable players as Reuben Rogers on bass, Greg Hutchinson on drums and special guests Roy Hargrove on trumpet and Eric Alexander on saxophone.

Roy arrived in New York in the Autumn of 2005 with a dream of pursuing his musical career. Shortly after that, he was invited to join the Dizzy Gillespie All Star Band on piano for an extended European tour consisting of 13 cities, as well as additional performances in Canada, Puerto Rico, and one week at the famed Blue Note in New York City. Since that time, he has been steadily working both with small groups as well as big bands in various venues and festivals around the world. In accompanying these famous groups, Roy has had the honor of sharing the stage with such jazz legends as Jimmy Heath, James Moody, Slide Hampton, Roy Hargrove, Antonio Hart and many more.

Moreover, Roy has performed with numerous individual artists including Randy Brecker, Lewis Nash, T.S. Monk, Barry Harris, Dr. Billy Taylor, Claudio Roditi, Steve Davis, John Lee, Ron Carter, Wallace Roney, Buster Williams and Trilok Gurtu, among other world-renowned musicians. Having been awarded numerous honors, Roy earned the 31st Annual Downbeat Student Award for Outstanding Performance, the 2008 ASCAP Foundation Young Jazz Composer Award, the 2nd place honor for the Charlie Palmieri Memorial piano Competition, the Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute Award, the America-Israel Cultural Foundation Prize for Young Israeli Musicians and the 30th Annual Downbeat Student Award for Best Jazz Arrangement.

Roy currently plays with the Dizzy Gillespie All Stars, Claudio Roditi Quartet, The Mingus Big Band, Roberta Gambarini Quartet, Winard Harper Sextet,
and John Lee Quartet.


“Roy A. is an amazing pianist – you will definitely be learning a lot of good things about him.” –Kenny Barron

“Roy A. marries tradition, both American and Israeli, into a new form of jazz. This type of culturally relevant music is vital for the future of jazz. I am certain that his musical contribution will earn many followers.” – Jason Moran, March 2008


Roy has been teaching piano and instructing jazz ensembles worldwide, while focusing on the following areas:
- Basic theory
- Various piano techniques
- Sight Reading
- Jazz repertoire
- Improvisation
- Ear training
- Jazz harmony
- Accompanying singers and horns
- Group communication for jazz groups
- Composition
- Arranging

Roy gives individual attention to every student. He builds a plan for each student according to his/her needs, takes notes every lesson and gives 100% from myself to take the student to the next level.

Ages:
Elementary School, Pre-teen, Teenage, Adult

To inquire about lessons with Roy, please fill out the Inquiry Form on this page, or call us at (800) 417-4620.

Experience:

  • Artist in Residence at the Sibelius Academy, Helsinki, Finland [2012 - 2012]
  • Private students in Bogota - Columbia (as part of the Jazz al a Parqu Festival) [2012 - 2012]
  • Steve Turre New Band at Smoke Jazz Club NYC [2012 - 2012]
  • Detroit Jazz Festival with the Noah Jackson Sextet [2012 - 2012]
  • Roy A. Trio - Blue Note Jazz Club New York City [2012 - 2012]
  • Jazzmeia Horn Quartet tour in Ukraine [2012 - 2012]
  • NYConnection Finland CD Release Party 2 Week Tour [2012 - 2012]
  • Roy A. Trio - Costa Rica Tour [2011 - 2011]
  • Roberta Gambarini Quartet - Turkey and Germany Tour [2011 - 2011]
  • Winard Harper Sextet at the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival (MD) [2011 - 2011]
  • Tecora Rogers Quintet - Kiev Jazz Festival (Ukraine) [2011 - 2011]
  • Yotam Silberstein Quartet - Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts - Washington D.C. [2011 - 2011]
  • Ark Ovrutski Quintet - Ukraine Tour [2010 - 2010]
  • Dizzy Gillespie All Stars at the Saratoga Jazz Festival [2010 - 2010]
  • Dizzy Gillespie All Stars at the Allen Room Jazz at the Lincoln Center New York [2010 - 2010]
  • Sharel Cassity Quintet - a week residency at the Dizzy's Coca Cola Club at the Jazz at the Lincoln Center NY [2010 - 2010]
  • Alma Micic Quartet - Serbia Tour [2010 - 2010]
  • Artist in Residence at the International Imatra Jazz Festival Imatra, Finland [2009 - 2009]
  • Roy A. Solo Piano & Performance with Trilok Gurto and the Augsburg Jazz Festival (Germany) [2009 - 2009]
  • Giant of Jazz performing with - Ron Carter, Paquito D'Rivera, Wallace Roney, Roy Hargrove, Antonion Hart, Eric Alexander, Buster Williams, Barry Harris, Dr. Billy Taylor, T.S. Monk and more [2008 - 2012]
  • Dizzy Gillespie All Stars at the Heineken Jazz Festival San Juan - Puerto Rico [2008 - 2008]
  • Slide Hampton Sextet at the Kingston Jazz Festival (NY) [2008 - 2008]
  • Dizzy Gillespie All Stars at the Ottawa Jazz Festival (Canada) [2008 - 2008]
  • PS 36A School (NYC): Introduction to Jazz Workshops [2007 - 2007]
  • Slide Hampton Sextet at the Litchfield Jazz Festival (CT) [2007 - 2007]
  • European Tour with the Dizzy Gillespie All Star Big Band (13 Countries) [2007 - 2007]
  • Slide Hampton Sextet at the North Sea Jazz Festival (Netherlands) [2007 - 2007]
  • Blue Note NYC and Heineken Jazz Festival in Puerto Rico with the Dizzy Band [2007 - 2007]
  • Phoenix Jazz Festival in Kobe, Japan (My Quartet) [2005 - 2005]
  • Band Instructor at the Jazz Department at the Thelma Yellin High School of the Arts [2002 - 2003]

Education:

  • Graduated, Master of Music (MM), Manhattan School of Music [2008]
  • Graduated, Bachelor of Music (BM), Berklee College of Music [2005]
  • Graduated, Diploma in Jazz Performance (Music Diploma), Rimon School of Jazz and Contemporary Music [2001]

Studied With:

  • Jason Moran [2007 - 2008]
  • Kenny Barron [2006 - 2007]
  • Dave Liebman [2006 - 2008]
  • Danilo Perez [2004 - 2005]
  • Joe Lovano [2004 - 2005]
  • Joanna Brackeen [2003 - 2004]

Awards:

  • 31st Downbeat Music Award - Outstanding Performance - Downbeat Magazine [2008]
  • ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Awards - ASCAP Foundation [2008]
  • 30th Downbeat Music Award - Best Jazz Arrangement - Downbeat Magazine [2007]
  • Charlie Palmieri Jazz Piano Competition - 2nd Place - Charlie Palmieri Foundation [2006]
  • Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute Scholarship - Boldeck&Levine [2006]
  • Jean and Albert Nerken Scholarship - UJA Federation of New York [2006]
  • Berklee College of Music European Tour Scholarship - Berklee College of Music [2000]

Recent Performances:

  • Jazz Standard [November, 2012]
  • Smoke Jazz Club [November, 2011]

Discography:

  • Roy A. - "Respect" [2012]
  • NYConnection - "Party of Four" [2012]
  • Nir Naaman - "TBA" [2012]
  • Victor Bastidas - "Canto Choco" [2012]
  • Winard Harper - "Co-Exist" [2012]
  • Dev Avidon - "Tears of Men" [2012]
  • Matt Garrison - "Blood Song" [2012]
  • Roy Assaf - "Events Near and Far" [2011]
  • Janelle Reichman - "Middleground " [2011]
  • John Dukich - "Down in Brazil" [2011]
  • Gabriel Riesco - "Sculptures in Time" [2010]
  • Augmented Reality - "Augmented Reality" [2010]
  • Lisa Broderick - "Standard Edge" [2009]
  • Alex Terrier - "Roundtrip" [2009]
  • Roy A. & Eddy Khaimovich - "Andarta" [2008]
  • Chris Dempsey - "Onward" [2008]
  • Georgi Sareski - "Elfandia" [2005]
  • Lisa Broderick - "By Night" [2007]

Scholarships:

  • Jean and Albert Nerken Scholarship [2006 - 2008]
  • Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute Scholarship [2004 - 2007]

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