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Tenor Saxophonist Benny Sharoni And His Quartet Featuring Pianist Dave Restivo 

Jazzed Magazine • News • April 27, 2016

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Benny Sharoni performs at Nick’s Bar and Restaurant (124 Millbury Street, Worcester) on Saturday, April 30.  He’s joined by his quartet featuring pianist Dave Restivo, bassist Todd Baker, and drummer Steve Langone.  The show is from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.  No cover.  For more information visit or call 508-753-4030.

Born and raised in Israel on a kibbutz near the Gaza Strip, Sharoni grew up in a home full of music. His multiethnic ancestry meant Sharoni heard music from his parents’ respective homelands of Chile and Yemen as a child. As a teenager, he studied classical flute, but fell in love with jazz when he heard Sonny Rollins. In 1986, after a traumatic stint in the Israeli army, Sharoni moved to Boston to attend Berklee College of Music. He soon began leading his own bands and has appeared with Joshua Redman, Danilo Perez, Kenny Garrett, and Larry Coryell. He now performs and tours regularly with his band throughout the East Coast, Canada, Europe and Asia.

Sharoni has released two CDs as a leader and is currently putting the finishing touches on a new recording featuring saxophonist George Garzone.  Eternal Elixir, Sharoni’s debut CD, “mixes the vitality of a spiritual journey with the intelligence of an academic lesson, to come up with an intoxicating cocktail of brains and brawn,” according to Jordan Richardson in All About Jazz. Sharoni’s second album Slant Signature (Papaya Records, 2015) – featuring pianist Joe Barbato, bassist Todd Baker, and drummer Steve Langone, plus special guests trumpeter Jim Rotondi and guitarist Mike Mele – unites a deep respect for the jazz masters of the past with a keen imagination all his own. The consistent hallmark of Sharoni’s playing is the deep warmth and beauty of his tone and his lyrical phrasing.

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