Born and raised in Israel, Uri Gurvich won the Jazz Player of the Year competition in Israel before relocating to Boston to attend the prestigious Berklee College of Music studying under Joe Lovano. He has played at prestigious jazz festivals and venues in Europe, Japan and the US, including Lincoln Center and the Blue Note. Gurvich is an in- demand saxophonist who won great acclaim as a bandleader with his debut, The Storyteller, which was released on John Zorn’s label – TZADIK records and features some of the most prominent voices on the contemporary New York jazz scene, Leonardo Genovese, Peter Slavov, Francisco Mela and special guest Chris Cheek. The music places Israeli, Yemenite, East European and North African music into a progressive jazz context. On April 23rd, 2013 Uri will release his second album for TZADIK records, BabEl, featuring his long time touring quartet and special guest multi- instrumentalist from Morocco, Brahim Fribgane on Oud and Percussion. The group will celebrate their release in a weeklong engagement at The Stone in New York, and will follow with a U.S. tour including shows at the Atlanta Jazz Festival and the Burlington Jazz Festival.