Guitarist Avi Rothbard is a multi-dimensional musician who knows how to develop a narrative and tell a captivating story. Rothbard (44) was born in Kibbutz Gan Shmuel and immigrated to the United States in the mid-1990s. Following his studies at the Berklee College of Music, he moved to New York City and established his career as a sought-after jazz musician. He recorded six albums as a bandleader, and as an accompanist contributed to over two dozen more, collaborating with Ben Riley, Freddy Cole, Grant Stewart, Joe Magnarelli, Gregory Porter, Jay Leonhart, Mike Clark and the Headhunters, Harry Allen, and others. Rothbard who has become known for his effortless versatility in a variety of genres, approaching each with equal respect, won the jazz grand prize at the 2014 John Lennon songwriting contest, and entered The Great Jazz Guitarists: The Ultimate Guide by Scott Yanow.
With a strong-rooted style in mainstream American jazz guitar, Rothbard’s organ trio reverberates the classical sound of favorite previous collaborations between guitarists such as George Benson, Kenny Burrell and Grant Green, and organ players such as Jimmy Smith, Jack McDuff and Dr. Lonnie Smith. While maintaining the strongholds of this typical American style ensemble, Rothbard’s trio by adding contemporary concepts and catchy melodies creates a unique synergy. The seasoned and meticulous presentation of this trio is complemented with ample richness of groove and edge from saxophonist Wayne Escoffery. These two accomplished NYC jazz players, Rothbard and Escoffery, go back for over 20 years sharing a stage as well as co-leading the Uptown Quartet. Escoffery who graduated, in 1999, from the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz in Boston, performed with Herbie Hancock and has been a leading force in the contemporary New York jazz scene since 2000. He has collaborated with a great many artists, and since 2006 is a member of the Tom Harrell Quintet. In 2010, he won a Grammy with The Mingus Big Band and in 2014, he won the DownBeat critics poll for rising star on the tenor saxophone.
The Rothbard trio and Escoffery, joined together for the 2017 summer Red Sea Jazz Festival, feature an ultra-modern jazz ensemble rooted deep in hard-bop, funk and soul jazz and mixed with Latin grooves, world music rhythms, gospel and R&B. The line-up includes original music by Rothbard as well as jazz and pop classics. This is smart and accessible jazz, precise and overflowing with creativity, built from the classic style and form, nevertheless taking the music in limitless new directions.
The Avi Rothbard Trio featuring Wayne Escoffery
Avi Rothbard Guitar
Wayne Escoffery Tenor Saxophone
George Colligan Hamond B3
McClenty Hunter Drums
Photographer- Ed Larose,Fernando Lodeiro, Dylan Higgins