6 Depot Square
Montclair, NJ 07042
Roni Ben -Hur: Guitar. Harvie S: Bass
2 sets: 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.
$18 pp online advanced purchase $20 pp at door $12 pp (food/drink)
Roni Ben-Hur, known for his sweet tone, infectious rhythm, lush harmonies and innovative improvisation straddles comfortably the world of straight ahead jazz and the realm of samba jazz. He has collaborated and recorded with iconic figures of both worlds, and has earned a sterling reputation as a musician and educator.
“A storyteller, Ben-Hur works with a warm, glowing sound and has an alluring way of combining engaging notes with supple rhythm.”- Zan Stewart, The Newark Star Ledger
“Ben-Hur is formidable and consummately lyrical guitarist.” – Time Out, New York
“A superior straight-ahead guitarist who can swing as hard as anyone.”- Scott Yanow,Allmusic.com
“Ben-Hur evokes the sprightliness of jazz’ contemporary guitar generation, dripping away each intricate refrain like melodic water. He harmonizes with his distinctive starry-eyed flair, setting forth a waterfall of pristine and pensive elaborations.” Sharon Mizrahi, The New York City Jazz Record
“Roni Ben-Hur is one of the unheralded guitarists on the modern jazz scene. Each of his releases is an impressive display of picking, and his selection of material is stellar.” George W. Harris, Jazz Weekly
Jazz guitarist Roni Ben-Hur has earned a sterling reputation as a musician and educator, renowned for his golden tone, improvisational brilliance, compositional lyricism and ability to charm peers, students and listeners alike. Eminent jazz critic Gary Giddins wrote in the Village Voice: “A limber and inventive guitarist, Ben-Hur keeps the modernist flame alive and pure, with a low flame burning in every note… [He’s] a guitarist who knows the changes and his own mind.” Ben-Hur – born in Israel in 1962 but a longtime American citizen, now based in New Jersey – has released nine albums as leader or co-leader, with Time Out New York calling him “a formidable and consummately lyrical guitarist.” The Star-Ledger of New Jersey summed him up this way: “A deep musician, a storyteller, Ben-Hur works with a warm, glowing sound and has an alluring way of combining engaging notes with supple rhythm.” Along with releasing acclaimed educational products – including the instructional DVD Chordability and method book Talk Jazz: Guitar – Ben-Hur has directed international jazz camps for nearly 15 years. Jazz guitar star Russell Malone got it right when he said: “Everything Roni does is beautiful. He has the magic touch.”