This summer, the Red Sea Jazz Festival presents an original and exclusive performance! A rare music session joins on stage two veteran jazz pillars, Ron Carter and Al Foster, and Eli Degibri, their student and protégé who has grown to be a notable jazz musician in his own right. Carter and Foster are among the few who have had the privilege to hone their skills alongside legendary trumpeter Miles Davis and have both become a source of inspiration and earned living legend status. Together they form one of the best rhythm sections in the
history of jazz characterized by virtuoso playing and distinctly opulent sound.
Degibri’s link to the two jazz masters goes back to the outset of his career over two decades ago. When he was only 18 years old, Degibri was granted the opportunity to study with revered bassist Ron Carter, then the artistic director of the Acclaimed Thelonius Monk Institute. Degibri has been a member of Al Foster’s band and accompanied the esteemed drummer around the world for over a decade. Their one and only previous collaboration was in 2010 when Degibri invited his two mentors to participate in his fifth album, Israeli Song, featuring an all-star team of musicians with Ron Carter on the bass, Al Foster on the drums and pianist Brad Mehldau.
“There aren’t words in any language that can describe the honor and privilege it is to play with my musical fathers. Long before I studied with them, I was greatly influenced by both Ron and Al, as anyone practicing the art form is,” said Eli, “And, even now I continue to learn from these masters, who are as beautiful inside as they sound on the outside.”
Almost a decade since their initial collaboration, they are once again sharing a historical music moment at the 33rd Red Sea Jazz Festival. A very special event at Eilat Port featuring the celebrated three joining their creative force and brilliant performance. Ron Carter, the world’s most recorded jazz bassist alongside Al Foster, the drummer referred to by Miles Davis as ”just the thing he was looking for”, and Eli Degibri, one of the esteemed jazz musicians of our generation and the artistic director of the Red Sea Jazz Festival for the last eight years. Featuring a collection of compositions and standards from each musician’s rich and varied repertoire, this performance includes several pieces from their joint album as well as some familiar jazz standards. A one-time event not to be missed.
Ron Carter, Al Foster, Eli Degibri
Ron Carter Double Bass
Al Foster Drums
Eli Degibri Saxophones
Photography: Oeyvind Tof, Yossi Zwecker
Duration of the show: 75 minutes