Yotam Ben-Or is a NYC-based Israeli-Belgian harmonica player and composer. Ben-Or was born and raised in a small village called Nataf in the Jerusalem area. He started playing the harmonica at the age of 11, taught by his uncle. A year later he set the harmonica aside and started playing the saxophone at a music school. A few years later his passion for the harmonica took over the saxophone and the harmonica eventually became his primary instrument. After graduating high school, Ben-Or moved to Tel-Aviv to attend the collaborative program of the Tel-Aviv Conservatory and The New School for jazz studies (New York).Â During his studies, Ben-Or performed throughout Israel and shared the stage with Israelâ€™s finest musicians, won the America-Israel Grant between 2014-2016, took the first prize in the Rostov International Jazz competition (Russia 2013) and recorded with his group â€śJupiterâ€ť for the album â€śAll Original â€“ Best Young Israeli Jazz, presented by Avishai Cohenâ€ť (2013).
In August 2014, Ben-Or moved to NYC after winning a full scholarship to study at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, where he graduated in May 2016. In March 2015 he
attended Betty Carter Jazz Ahead, directed by pianist Jason Moran. Since moving to NYC, Ben-Or has been intensively recording, performing around the city and touring with many different bands and artists, as well as with his own group.
More info here: https://soundcloud.com/yotam-ben-or
JAZZ AT SAINT PETERâ€™S CHURCH
Each Sunday at 5:00 P.M. an open community gathers for prayer and reflection on the lines of jazz.
The community is diverse and includes people who live near and far, native and new New Yorkers, and people visiting New York City. Oftentimes churches will bring groups from their home congregations. Others are not Christians or are exploring Christianity for the first time in this supportive environment. Musicians from New York and throughout the world come to play.
You do not need a ticket or reservation of any kind to attend a liturgy at Saint Peter's Church. As at every other liturgy of Saint Peterâ€™s Church, everyone is welcome.