|At the ripe age of 30 years old, Yotam is being quickly recognized as the leading new voice of jazz guitar. On BRASIL Yotam interprets some of that country’s greatest composers, including Edu Lobo, Chico Buarque, and Tom Jobim. Beautiful, and very sexy.The legendary James Moody was so impressed with Yotam’s vast musical vocabulary and beautifully constructed solos that he nicknamed him “the 50 year old man”.He is joined by three of Brazil’s brightest stars, legendary guitarist Toninho Horta, pianist David Feldman, and percussionist
“Yotom breaths his own unique harmonic and melodic approach into every melody and chord progression.” – MODERN GUITARIST MAGAZINE
“Listening to his great guitar solos, you realize that he reminds you of everyone and no one at the same time, simply astonishing” – JAZZ IMPROV
|Born and raised in Tel-Aviv, Israel, Yotam started playing guitar at the age of 10, focusing mostly on rock and blues. He was soon after accepted into the prestigious Alon High School for the Arts, where he studied jazz with such great teachers as Walter Blanding and Amit Golan. During his high school years, Yotam won many local competitions and was heralded as a very promising young guitarist. At age 18, he joined the IDF (Israel’s Army) and served as a musical director, arranger and lead guitarist for three years. During his military service he gained recognition and began playing with many of Israel’s top jazz musicians.At 21, Yotam won the prestigious “Israeli Jazz Player of the Year” competition with his trio and was asked to perform at Italy’s renowned Umbria Jazz Festival. The same year, Yotam released The Arrival on the Fresh Sound New Talent label. The success of his highly acclaimed debut album enabled him to tour extensively throughout Europe and the Middle East.In August of 2005, Yotam received a scholarship to further his jazz studies at the New School in New York City. Less than a month later, he was selected as one of 10 top guitar players to participate in the semi finals of the distinguished 2005 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Guitar Competition. In 2009, in addition to releasing his second release, he toured with the Sam Yahel Trio, opening for Steely Dan in major concert halls.Since then he has played in many of the city’s great venues with great jazz artists like James Moody, Benny Golson, Curtis Fuller, Louis Hayes, Jimmy Heath, Frank Wess, Junior Mance, James Spaulding, Pat Martino, Antonio Hart, Slide Hampton and Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All-Stars to name a few.
At age 30, Yotam has already made some significant inroads on the New York jazz scene. He shows great promise for the future, and Resonance is a huge step in the right direction. www.yotammusic.com
Latest CD: With guest artists including; Toninho Horta – acoustic guitar, Roy Hargrove – flugelhorn, Claudio Roditi – trumpet, Paquito D`Rivera – clarinet
With just one listen to this CD you will quickly agree that… A master has arrived.
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