|Rafi Malkiel Jazz Ensemble
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“Rafi Malkiel is an Israeli trombonist and euphonium player with a brightly confident new Latin jazz album, My Island…” NY Times 08-17-07
Rafi Malkiel, Biography
Composer, trombonist and euphonium player Rafi Malkiel, from Israel, has delighted audiences around the world, performing with artists such as Willie Colon, Arturo O’Farrill, Ray Anderson, and with Grammy-nominated Colombian singer Toto La Momposina, and he participated in Reggie Workman’s John Coltrane Africa Brass Live project and Jason Lindner’s Big Band.
In 2003 he formed The Rafi Malkiel Ensemble, a group of virtuosi and versatile musicians living in New York City. The group plays original compositions and unique arrangements by Malkiel, fusing Jazz and Latin-American standards with Afro-Caribbean rhythms. The music is both composed as well as improvised. Rafi Malkiel has performed in many prestigious venues and has recently recorded his debut CD My Island. The CD also features some of the best Jazz and Latin musicians in New York City, including legendary tuba player Howard Johnson, bassist Andy Gonzalez, clarinetist Anat Cohen and many more.
Rafi has performed in numerous festivals around the world such as the JVC Jazz Festival, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Summer Stage, WOMAD festivals in Greece, New Zealand, and Australia, the Sydney Festival in Australia, and the Red Sea International Jazz Festival in Israel. He has played in New York City in venues such as Madison Square Garden, Radio City, Town Hall, Symphony Space, the Carlyle Hotel with Bobby Short, Jazz Standard, Joe’s Pub, Sweet Basil, SOB’s, and Smalls.
Rafi has recorded over forty Jazz, Latin, and Rock albums with notable artists such as Ray Anderson, Salsa Picante, Toto La Momposina and Lauryn Hill.
Rafi was cited in the Recommended Jazz Trombonists list in PBS’ website Jazz, a film by Ken Burns, as well as in The Young Guns of Jazz, trumpeting the best of a new generation, by Chip Deffaa in the New York Post, July 2001.