Phillip Lutz


How an Israeli Teenage Jazz Star Emerged

By Phillip Lutz

How an Israeli Teenage Jazz Star Emerged
It started with a viral video of Gadi Lehavi at age 13 playing with sax great David Liebman. Now, a new generation is applauding the arrival of a new jazz star.Read More


Provocateur Pianist Journeys From Ukraine to Brooklyn and Back

By Phillip Lutz

Provocateur Pianist Journeys From Ukraine to Brooklyn and Back
As a teenage jazz pianist in Odessa, Vadim Neselovskyi was making more money than his father. Now, he’s making a name for himself in America too.Read More


Jewish Sideman Saul Rubin Takes Turn in Spotlight

By Phillip Lutz

Jewish Sideman Saul Rubin Takes Turn in Spotlight
Guitarist extraordinaire Saul Rubin has landed a gig in Sonny Rollins’ venerable jazz band. You’d think that would be a good thing and it is — mostly.Read More


4 Under The Radar Jewish Jazz Innovators

By Phillip Lutz

4 Under The Radar Jewish Jazz Innovators
Plenty of Jews have made it big in jazz. Here are some future stars of America’s great original music that you probably haven’t heard of yet.Read More


The Magnificent Sheva

By Phillip Lutz

The Magnificent Sheva
While Israel has been producing ever more, and ever-more-competent, jazz musicians since a handful of pioneers burst onto the scene in the early 1990s, a new crop of aspirants has appeared, encompassing those who have the kind of style and savvy that at once recalls that past and suggests a future. Here are some to watch — none older than 30, all ready to grab the spotlight.Read More






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