Tamir Hendelman East Coast Tour

Born in Tel Aviv, Tamir Hendelman began keyboard studies at age 6, moving to the U.S. in 1984 and winning Yamaha's national keyboard competition two years later. Concerts in Japan and the Kennedy Center followed. Drawn to the impressionistic and jazz harmonies of composers such as Ravel and Bill Evans, he studied at the Tanglewood Institute and received a B.M. in Music Composition from Eastman School of Music in 1993. Soon after, he formed his own trio, featuring original compositions, bebop, blues and Brazilian music. Since 2000 he has toured the US, Japan and Europe with his trio and as a member of the Jeff Hamilton Trio and the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra.

In 2001 he premiered Clayton's orchestration of Oscar Peterson's Canadiana Suite with the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra. Peterson wrote in his online journal: "It was a satisfying but strange feeling... to hear a new young voice make some exhilarating and thoughtful solos in the spaces that I used to occupy in those pieces…I look forward to hearing more from him."

Tamir Hendelman has released two recordings as a leader of his trio: Playground (Swing Bros, 2008) and Destinations (Resonance 2010). Reaching #1 on the jazz charts, Destinations takes listeners along on a voyage of musical discovery. The music ranges from originals to Jobim, Keith Jarrett and Maurice Ravel. "Destinations to me is not only about the places I have traveled to, but also about the journey of being a jazz musician."

He has also become a first-rate arranger and accompanist for some of today's premier vocalists, such as Natalie Cole, Roberta Gambarini, and Jackie Ryan. He has accompanied Barbra Streisand in her return to jazz on Love Is The Answer (Columbia, 2009), at the Village Vanguard as well as on her 2012 North American orchestral tour.

Since 2005, Tamir Hendelman has been on the jazz faculty of UCLA and has conducted numerous workshops in universities and music programs in the US and abroad. He has also recently arranged and recorded for artists such as trumpeter Claudio Roditi, accordionist Richard Galliano and violinist Christian Howes. In 2014, he performed Gershwin's Rhapsody In Blue with the Winston-Salem Symphony.

"There are many fine pianists with impressive technique and swing who are convincing in a number of styles and play with real feeling. What increasingly distinguishes Hendelman is his gift for imaginative arranging…. He will compose an introduction that makes it difficult to predict what follows, but seems perfectly suited—even organic—once the tune begins." (

Tamir Hendelman Trio East Coast Tour
with Marco Panascia and Matt Wilson

Tamir Hendelman famously drives the piano seats of the Jeff Hamilton Trio and the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra and has performed with Claudio Roditi, Natalie Cole, Roberta Gambarini, Barbra Streisand, and James Moody.

Wednesday, Sept. 6th at 7:30pm:
Temple University Gittis Center, Philadelphia, PA

Thursday, Sept. 7th at 6pm:
Birdland Jazz Club, NYC

Friday, Sept. 8th at 8pm:
Shalin Liu Performance Center, Rockport, MA

Saturday, Sept. 9th at 8:30pm:
The Side Door, Lyme, CT

Sunday, Sept. 10th at 4pm:
Wilton Library's Brubeck Room, Wilton, CT


Wednesday, Sept. 6th at 7:30pm
Jazz @ the Underground at Temple University's Howard Gittis Student Center
with the Tamir Hendelman Trio with Marco Panascia and drummer Matt Wilson starts a 5-day tour of the East coast.

Thursday, Sept. 7th at 6pm
The Tamir Hendelman Trio comes to New York's Birdland for one special set:
Music of Arlen, Parker, Jarrett, Ravel, Jobim and Tamir Hendelman.
Doors open at 5pm. Reserve your seats HERE.

Friday, Sept. 8th at 8pm
The trio returns to Rockport, MA for a night at the Shalin Liu Performance Center, a beautiful hall overlooking the ocean.
Reserve your seats HERE.

Saturday, Sept. 9th at 8:30pm
The trio visits a great Connecticut jazz room:
The Side Door Jazz in Old Lyme, CT. 2 sets. Doors at 7:00.
Get tickets HERE or at (860)434-2600.

Sunday, Sept. 10th at 4pm
The trio returns to Dave Brubeck's home town to perform at:
Wilton Library's Brubeck Room.

We will close out our tour with one or two tips of the hat to the man himself.
A reception will follow the free concert.

Later in September:
Tamir Hendelman will perform two nights at the 60th Monterey Jazz Festival.

Friday, Sept. 15th at 9pm: Vocalist Roberta Gambarini's quartet with bassist
Chuck Berghofer and drummer Joe La Barbera.

Saturday, Sept. 16th at 7:30pm: The Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra with special guests, the Gerald Clayton Trio will premiere the 2017 MJF Commission, John Clayton's "Stories of a Groove: Conception, Evolution, Celebration."

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