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The Quintet

meet the band

  • Shauli Einav - saxophones
  • Tim Collins - vibraphone
  • Andy Hunter - trombone
  • Yoni Zelnik - contrabass
  • Guilhem Flouzat - drums
  • Shauli Einav - saxophones

    Shauli Einav - saxophones

    Saxophonist & Composer Shauli Einav has been described as a "remarkably complete musician, a virtuosic soloist with a lush sound on both soprano and tenor whose compositions are daring and deep" (All About Jazz). His album “Opus One” (Plus Loin Music) was reviewed as a "Smartly played, swinging and evocative jazz album” (DownBeat Magazine). Einav recently relocated to Paris after seven fruitful years in the vibrant music scene of NYC. Over there, he played with some of the leading jazz figures as Aaron Goldberg, Avishai Cohen, Don Friedman, Eliot Zigmund, Omer Avital, Johnathan Blake, Shai Maestro, Walt Weiskopf, Frank Gambale, Dave Liebman & Gilad Hekselman. Einav has performed with his ensembles on the main stages such as Duc des Lombards, Sudtirol Jazzfest, Rochester Jazz Festival, Swing Hall Tokyo, Bohemia Jazz Festival, Venice Jazz Festival, Red Sea Jazz Festival, Enjoy Jazz Festival, Smalls, Kitano, The Knitting Factory, Unterfahrt among many others. Born 1982 in the countryside of Israel and started playing the violin at the age of 4, at 13 he switched to the saxophone and started playing with many Jerusalem and Tel-Aviv based bands. In 1998 Einav was discovered by the legendary American saxophonist Arnie Lawrence who came to Israel to bring peace between Jews and Arabs through music. Mr Lawrence (who was mentored by Ben Webster) was the connecting piece between Jerusalem & Tel Aviv musicians to NYC’s Jazz heritage. Einav, later on, completed his BA at the Jerusalem Academy and earned his Master’s degree at the prestigious Eastman School of Music, Rochester NY.
  • Tim Collins - vibraphone

    Tim Collins - vibraphone

    Tim Collins has been called a “world-class vibes player” (CJSR Canada), “a distinctive vibraphone voice” (Radio One Australia), a “musician of fire” (Washington Post) and “nothing less than exemplary” (Downbeat). His music has been described as “thoughtful, probing composition” (Downbeat), “universal and vibrant” (Blogcritics.org) and “stunning sophisticated jazz” (PBS Australia). He has toured, performed and recorded with John Ellis, John Hollenbeck, Ralph Alessi, Marty Ehrlich, Jody Redhage, Nasheet Waits, Hector Martignon, George Porter Jr., Ben Monder, Donny McCaslin, Peter O’Mara, Joel Frahm, Ingrid Jensen, Aaron Parks, Antonio Sanchez, Aaron Goldberg, Will Vinson, Danny Grissett, Mike Moreno, Charlie Hunter, Seamus Blake, and Adam Nussbaum.
  • Andy Hunter - trombone

    Andy Hunter - trombone

    Born in Northern Michigan and musically raised on the diverse scenes of Cleveland, Shanghai and New York City, Andy Hunter now resides primarily in Cologne, Germany where he performs regularly with the WDR Big Band, with programs featuring many of the top artists in jazz today. Hunter has performed and toured around the world as a regular member of the Mingus Big Band (Mingus Dynasty and Mingus Orchestra), the Richard Bona Group, the Toshiko Akiyoshi/Lew Tabackin Jazz Orchestra, SPOKE, T.S. Monk’s 10-tet “Monk on Monk” and Cuban groups such as Ochún and La Típica Novel. Recording credits include albums with Snarky Puppy, Bob Mintzer, Orrin Evans’ Captain Black Big Band, The Birdland Big Band,The FatCat Big Band, La Cumbiamba, Hector Martignon’s Banda Grande and the WDR Big Band.
  • Yoni Zelnik - contrabass

    Yoni Zelnik - contrabass

    Born in Israel and moved to France in 1995, Yoni Zelnik is one of the most in-demand contrabassist in the French and international jazz scenes. He has been recorded on over seventy albums (Youn Sun Nah, Geraldine Laurent, Yonathan Avisha.) and has played on prestigious stages such as North Sea Jazz Festival, Lincoln Center, Tokyo Jazz Festival). Nowadays Yoni frequently plays in Avishai Cohen's (trumpet) quartet around the globe. Zelnik has played with notables such as Dave Douglas, Billy Hart, Aaron Goldberg, Walter Smith, Nasheet Waits, Ben Wendel, Johnathan Blake, Anat Cohen, Jeff Ballard, Leon Parker, Mark Guiliana, David Binney, Kendrick Scott, Jason Lindner, Justin Brown, Gregory Hutchinson, Yotam Silberstein among many others.
  • Guilhem Flouzat - drums

    Guilhem Flouzat - drums

    Parisian drummer Guilhem Flouzat cultivates a versatile approach to drumming. Flouzat is gaining attention and praise throughout the jazz community: drummer Dan Weiss calls him ‟one of the most talented young drummers I have met”, composer and pianist Dan Tepfer say he is ‟an accomplished composer with an original and fresh conception of development within a piece”. His collaborations have led him to play at jazz landmarks such as Smalls, Jazz Gallery, Zinc Bar and 55 Bar in New York, Sunside in Paris, Sounds and Music Village in Brussels and Jz club in Shanghaï. He can also be heard in Lower East Side pop venues like Rockwood Music Hall and Nublu, where he has a monthly residency with the afrobeat band Afrogroove Collective. As a sideman, he collaborated with the likes of guitarist Lionel Loueke, multi-reed player Steve Wilson, bassist Linda Oh and saxophonist Ben Wendel.

endorsements

Aizen Mouthpieces
Jazzlab
Légère Reeds
Rampone & Cazzani
Reed Geek
D'Addario Reeds
Berthold Records
Silverstein Works Ligatures