Tamir Hendelman

Tamir Hendelman, a jazz pianist who has won numerous awards, has performed with the Jeff Hamilton Trio and the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra. He also performed with Harry Allen, Teddy Edwards (with the exception of Houston Person), Jeff Clayton, Nick Brignola. Rickey Woodard. John Clayton. He is also the leader of his own trio, and his debut album “Playground” features him as a trio. Tamir began his keyboard studies in Tel Aviv at the age of six. He moved to the USA at 12 years old in 1984 and won Yamaha’s national keyboard contest two years later. Following his studies, he performed at the Kennedy Center and in Japan. Tamir studied at Tanglewood Institute from 1988 to 1993 and earned a Bachelor of Music Composition from Eastman School of Music. The Lovewell Institute’s youngest musical director, Tamir was then appointed. Tamir returned to LA in 1996 and has been in constant demand as a pianist and arranger. He has toured the US, Europe, and Asia and received awards from ASCAP, National Foundation For Advancement in the Arts, and the ASCAP Music Awards. In 1999, Tamir was a guest soloist in the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra. Tamir was a member of the Jeff Hamilton Trio, where he contributed arrangements and recorded and toured Japan, Europe, and the USA. He joined the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra in 2001. With them, he premiered John Clayton’s orchestration of Oscar Peterson’s Canadiana Suite at the Hollywood Bowl in 2001. He also toured Europe in 2002 with Tierney Stutton and the Bill Holman Big Band. Tamir directed Julia Migenes’ “Alter Ego” musical and played/arranged Roberta Gambarini’s “Easy To Love”. Tamir recorded with the CHJO for Gladys Knight, John Pizzarelli and Diana Krall. He is the pianist/arranger for Jackie Ryan’s “You and the Night and the Music” and Janis Mann’s “A Perfect Time.” He’s also on Natalie Cole’s “Still Unforgettable”, and Barbara Streisand’s upcoming album. Tamir’s musical journeys have taken him from Alaska, New York, Thailand, to Israel. His own trio explores blues, Brazilian music, standards and his Israeli roots. Tamir’s debut CD Playground (2008), which was originally released in Japan by Swing Bros. was also released in the U.S. on CDBaby.com in December 2008. Tamir is an artist on Resonance Records. from http://www.tamirhendelman.com

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