Dan Gottfried

Dan Gottfried

Dan Gottfried is an Israeli Jazz pianist and educator. In 1987, he founded and was the artistic director of the Red Sea Jazz Festival, retiring in 2008. Gottfried started his career as a classic pianist in the early 1960s; in the 1970s he was one of the founders of the Israeli "Jazz Workshop" quartet, the group that recorded the first instrumental jazz album in Israel and fused jazz with Jewish and Arab motifs.

In 1981, he founded the Jazz Faculty in the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance and served as head of the faculty for 8 years.

In 1985 he founded the Jazz Studies department of the Art School Thelma Yellin.

In 1992 he was commissioned by the Tel Aviv Museum of Art to direct the Jazz Concerts Series at the museum.

In 1998 he created and managed till 2004 the "Jazz at The Opera" concert series at the Tel Aviv Opera House.

Gottfried leads his own Jazz Trio and Quintet, appearing in concerts and tours. His quintet is invited from time to time by the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs to present Israeli Jazz in tours abroad. (1993 Bieloruss, 1996 Latvia, 1998 India, 2004 Italy) Through his career, Gottfried has performed with Dizzy Gillespie, Benny Golson, Frank Foster, Sam Rivers, Niels-Henning Pedersen, Randy Brecker, Von Freeman, Johnny Frigo, Franz Jackson, Clark Tery, Major Holley, Ronnie Cuber, Sheila Jordan, Georgie Fame, Mark Murphey, Kevin Mahogany, Jean Loup L'ongnon and Gyula Babos.

In 2007 Gottfried received Israeli Ministry of Culture's prize for his lifelong acheivements in the field of Jazz.


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