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Itamar Borochov Quartet

  • Black Cat 400 Eddy Street San Francisco, CA, 94109 United States (map)

Israeli-born, Brooklyn-based trumpeter & composer Itamar Borochov connects lower Manhattan to North Africa, modern Israel and ancient Bukhara, celebrating traces of the divine that he finds in elegant sophistication, Middle Eastern tradition and downhome blues. Deeply immersed in the jazz tradition, Borochovʼs search for his personal roots resulted in an ever-expanding love for Arab and Pan-African musical sensibilities – a natural palette for a trumpeter-composer raised in the cosmopolitan port city of Jaffa.  He integrates ‘maqam’ - the mode of Arabic music, with the modal jazz of Miles Davis, John Coltrane and others. His immersion in the NYC jazz scene in the 2000’s convinced him:  “I must be true. If Coltrane was inspired by the fact that his father was a preacher, I had to do the same thing. Lee Morgan brought the gospel, and I bring the music from the Jewish and Arabic tradition.” 

Borochov’s critically acclaimed debut recording Outset (2014) was included in the New York City Jazz Record’s Best of 2014 List, and his album Boomerang (2016) was chosen as "revelation" on Jazz Magazine and peaked at #5 on iTunes Jazz Charts. 

On his new album Blue Nights, a multi-cultural joyride through Middle Eastern styles fused with Western jazz, Itamar spins out nine tracks in a virtuosic, highly personalized argot that synthesizes his experiences in bebop, post-bop, and elemental rock, with the various North African and Near Eastern dialects that permeated his consciousness during formative years in Israel’s cultural melting pot, and the Mizrahi and Ashkenazi musical flavors that are his birthright. Or as described by Downbeat Magazine, "Stunning themes of spirituality, balance, and equality."

Borochov has performed internationally at such prestigious venues and festivals as Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, Montreal Jazz Festival and London Jazz Festival.

Just because this album has a jazz focus doesn’t mean his world-music background loses its place in his voice, a unique hybrid of the Middle East and Brooklyn, compelling technique and delicate lyricism… If you decide to follow, your own life can be enriched with a connection to Borochov’s music that goes beyond a mere appreciation for his virtuosity and thoughtful
— Downbeat
Earlier Event: February 3
Chucho Valdés and Irakere 45
Later Event: February 7
Itamar Borochov Quartet