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Nir Felder

1982 -

Origin: United States

Main instrument: Acoustic guitar/electric guitar

Genre: Jazz

Named the next big jazz guitarist by NPR, hailed as a whiz kid by The New York Times, Nir Felder ranks among the most promising jazz guitarists jazz on the current scene, recognized for his personal and original style, and his skill at navigating between genres. A rising star of jazz fusion, Felder grew up in the suburbs of New York and got his start playing in rock groups, all the while freely delving into jazz, drawing influences equally from John Coltrane and Jimi Hendrix. After completing his studies at the Berklee College of Music, he launched himself into the New York jazz scene in 2005 and swiftly become a sought-after accompanist, sharing bills with Esperanza Spalding, Terri Lyne Carrington, Jack DeJohnette, Greg Osby, Diane Reeves, Bobby McFerrin and Stanley Clarke. In 2010, he stepped out as a bandleader, founding the Nir Felder 4 and Big Heat, performing all over North America and Europe. He then took up a year-long residency in the 55 Bar in New York, an opportunity to play with such major musicians as Aaron Goldberg, Uri Caine, Chris Potter, David Binney, John Patitucci, Mark Guiliana, and the groups Snarky Puppy and Kneebody. He followed the residency by heading into the studio with pianist Aaron Parks, bassist Matt Penman and drummer Nate Smith to record Golden Age, released in 2014, a bold album blurring the lines between jazz, rock, hip-hop and pop.


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