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Ari Hoenig Quartet featuring Gilad Hekselman

Direct from New York, Ari Hoenig and Israeli-born Gilad Hekselman performed with Australian jazz stars Jamie Oehlers and Sam Anning as the Ari Hoenig Quartet at the 2009 Wangaratta Jazz Festival in Victoria and the York Jazz & Soul Festival in Western Australia.

Born in Philadelphia, Ari Hoenig was exposed to music from an early age and by the time he was just four years old he began studying violin and piano. He took up the drums at 12 and by 14 was honing his skills with other young jazz musicians around the Philadelphia clubs.

Ari soon found himself living in New York and playing extensively with a variety of groups. But, in 2002, the Art Hoenig Quartet was formed and released two critically acclaimed albums – The Painter and Kinetic Hues.

He currently leads two bands – the Hoenig Pilc Project (formed with Jean Michel Pilc) and the Ari Hoenig Quartet a.k.a. Punk Bop. Alongside Hoenig on drums are Will Vinson (alto), Matt Penman or Orlando LaFleming (bass) and Jonathan Kreisberg or Gilad Hekselman on guitar.

Gilad Hekselman will travel with Hoenig from New York for the gigs in Australia, Israeli-born, he studied classical piano before moving to guitar at the age of 12. He studied at the renowned Thelma Yellin School of the Arts before winning a scholarship in 2004 to attend the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music.

Since his arrival in New York, Gilad has been earning a reputation as one of the most promising guitarists in the city, and, in 2005, was the winner of the Gibson Montreux International Guitar Competition.

The two New Yorkers will perform with two award-winning Australian musicians.

Now based in Perth, Western Australia, Jamie Oehlers was the winner of the 2003 White Foundation World Saxophone Competition. He was named Australian Jazz Musician of the Year at the 2007 Bell Awards as well as winning the Best Jazz Release category. He is now co-ordinator of Jazz Studies at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.

At 27 years of age, Sam Anning (bass and double bass) is one of Australia’s foremost up-and-coming Jazz musicians. After graduating from WAAPA, Sam went on to study and perform in New York City, the U.K. and Europe, where he also developed and broadened his compositional and performance style. He received the 2008 Bell Award for Young Jazz Musician of the Year.


8pm, Saturday 24 October: York Jazz & Soul Festival
Alan Corbert Memorial Stage, Town Hall,
York, Western Australia

or 08 9328 7464/ 08 9335 1945

8pm, Tuesday 27 October: The Ellington Jazz Club
191 Beaufort St, Perth, Western Australia


9.30pm, Friday 30 October: Wangaratta Jazz Festival
Memorial Hall, Wangaratta, Victoria

1pm, Saturday 31 October: Wangaratta Jazz Festival
MDF Alpine Theatre, Wangaratta, Victoria

3pm, Sunday 1 November: Wangaratta Jazz Festival
MDF Alpine Theatre, Wangaratta, Victoria

Tickets: or
1800 801 065
Ari Hoenig
Gilad Hekselman
Jamie Oehlers
Sam Anning