Avram Fefer : Saxophone

Avram Fefer: Saxophone

Avram Fefer: Sax­o­phone

Avram Fefer has been per­form­ing and record­ing inter­na­tion­al­ly since 1990. After spend­ing the 1990’s as a soloist with a num­ber of dif­fer­ent groups, his first sev­er­al record­ings as a leader were sin­gled out as among the Best of 2001 and Best of 2002 in pub­li­ca­tions such as Down­beat Mag­a­zine, Cadence mag­a­zine, the Vil­lage Voice, the Chica­go Week­ly Stan­dard, and Jaz­zPor­tu­gal.

Now, with nine record­ings as a leader or co-leader, Avram is gain­ing atten­tion as both com­pos­er and impro­vis­er. Sanc­tu­ary (CIMP 2006) was the fourth CD high­light­ing his col­lab­o­ra­tion with 72 year old piano leg­end Bob­by Few – this time in a quar­tet for­mat. Fefer has estab­lished a dis­tinc­tive per­son­al style reflect­ing his taste for adven­ture and exper­i­men­ta­tion while draw­ing on his com­mand of the jazz tra­di­tion. His lat­est record­ing, Rit­u­al –a trio with drum­mer Chad Tay­lor and bassist Eric Revis — has just been released on Clean Feed Records.

Avram grew up on both coasts of the Unit­ed States, received a lib­er­al arts degree at Har­vard Uni­ver­si­ty and stud­ied music at Berklee Col­lege of Music and New Eng­land Con­ser­va­to­ry. He then moved to Paris, France (1990) for sev­er­al years where his music career offi­cial­ly began. Dur­ing this time, he per­formed in Europe, Africa and the Mideast and was fea­tured on diverse record­ings, includ­ing by rap orig­i­na­tors, the Last Poets (Scatterap/Home), and with jazz leg­end Archie Shepp on drum­mer Steve McCraven’s Song of the For­est Booger­aboo [World McC Music]. He was also one of the found­ing mem­bers and fea­tured soloists of the French “acid jazz” group, Beigels Daisy Toast, record­ing two top-sell­ing CD’s for Vir­gin France in 1994 and 95.

Since mov­ing to New York in the mid-90’s, Fefer’s diverse musi­cal inter­ests have kept him busy. His elec­tric groups—the Tone Poets, Squelch, and Auto*Dope—were all down­town favorites, while his acoustic trio’s debut CD, Call­ing All Spir­its (2001), was a hit with jazz crit­ics. Fefer has con­tin­ued to lead numer­ous groups of his own with musi­cians like Reg­gie Wash­ing­ton, Roy Camp­bell, James Zol­lar, Cur­tis Fowlkes, Sean Con­ly, Ben Alli­son, William Park­er, Tomas Ulrich, Michael Bisio, Eric Revis, Chad Tay­lor, and Brad Jones.

In addi­tion to Burnt Sug­ar, he has been fea­tured in a num­ber of large ensem­bles, includ­ing the David Mur­ray Big Band, Butch Mor­ris Orches­tra, Joseph Bowie Big Band, Min­gus Big Band, Frank Lacy’s Vibe Tribe, the Adam Lane Quar­tet and Octet, the Michael Bisio Quar­tet, and the Rob Red­dy Octet.

He has per­formed at clubs and fes­ti­vals around the world, includ­ing the Mon­tre­al Jazz Fes­ti­val, the Free Music Fes­ti­val in Antwerp, Bel­gium, the Burling­ton Jazz Fes­ti­val, the JVC Jazz Fes­ti­val at Carnegie Hall, the Heineken Jazz Fes­ti­val, the Ver­i­zon Jazz Fes­ti­val, the Knit­ting Fac­to­ry What is Jazz Fes­ti­val, the Tel-Aviv Jazz Fes­ti­val, the Williams­burg Jazz Fes­ti­val, Sons D’Hiver in Paris, and the Casa del Popo­lo Fes­ti­val in Mon­tre­al, among oth­ers. In addi­tion to per­form­ing, he also main­tains a thriv­ing pri­vate teach­ing prac­tice in down­town Man­hat­tan.