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Alon Yavnai
Alon Yavnai
pianist, composer

Alon Yavnai - piano
Gregg August - bass
John Hadfield - drums

New York resident since 2001, Pianist Alon Yavnai was born & raised in Israel, where he acquired his formal music education. In 1996, Three years after arriving in the United-States Alon won the first price at the Great American Jazz Piano Competition. After several years living in Boston, where Alon recorded two albums as a leader he moved to New York and toured worldwide with Paquito D’rivera and his Quintet & Jazz Chamber Trio for the next few years.
Other performance & recording credits include Freddie Hubbard, Nancy Wilson, Yo-Yo Ma, The New York Voices, Joe Lovano, Tom Harrell, Dave Liebman, Jamey Haddad, Louis Hayes, Bob Moses, Rufus Reid, and Regina carter, among others.
Alon has released several albums as a leader; Among them his big band album featuring the renowned NDR Bigband, for whom he has composed, arranged and recorded over the last decade.
Alon divides his time between performing, composing & arranging; In addition he has been invited to give masterclasses & workshops at Oberlin College, University of North Florida, Cleveland Institute of Music, and the University of Western Michigan.
His body of work is versatile, and spans from performances in Jazz festivals & clubs with small ensembles, to playing on film soundtracks, in addition to performances in concert halls such as Carnegie Hall, Tonhalle in Switzerland and Bunka Kaikan in Japan, and composing & arranging for big bands around the world.
Alon’s current and ongoing project is ALON & JOCA, his duo collaboration with Singer-songwriter/percussionist Joca Perpignan. In addition to touring worldwide, the duo has just released their new album on Chant Records, featuring the NDR Bigband.