Paradise Jazz Festival

Asaf Yuria

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Born in Tel Aviv, Israel in 1985, Yuria was raised on the recordings of John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, and countless others – by high school, he’d advanced to play alongside some of the finest musicians in the capital’s close-knit jazz scene. The bright lights of New York were always an aspiration for the young Yuria. He eventually moved to the US to follow his dreams, spending thirteen successful years performing with a variety of musicians including Jimmy Cobb, Kirk Lightsy, Freddie Redd, Billy Kaye, Joe Magnarely, Eddie Henderson, Jerry Gonzales, and many more.
Yuria enrolled at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in the late 2000s. There, he came under the influence of close mentor Billy Harper, as well as the likes of George Cables, Reggie Workman, Billy Hart, and Charles Tolliver. More recently, Yuria has been a key part of countryman and world-renowned bassist Omer Avital’s quintet for the past five years, and in 2018, he released his debut album, Papa Wawa.
In 2019 he recorded his second album Exorcisms for the new and exciting label JoJo records, finally to see light this year. 

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