RAMAT HASHARON, ISRAEL – The esteemed Rimon School of Music in Ramat Hasharon continues its tradition of hosting distinguished international musicians to enrich the learning experiences of its jazz department students. In a testament to their commitment to excellence, this year’s choice is the accomplished American composer, orchestrator, and tenor saxophonist Tivon Pennicott. With a decade and a half of dynamic career experiences in New York City under his belt, Pennicott is poised to share his insights and expertise in a master class scheduled at the school later today. The engagement will culminate in a captivating concert, offering attendees a unique opportunity to witness the fusion of mastery and passion (6:30 p.m. for the master class and 8 p.m. for the concert).
Pennicott’s tenure in the music industry and his stellar accomplishments make him a prime mentor for the students and an exceptional performer alongside the head of the jazz institute, pianist Ronen Shmueli. The ensemble is further enriched by the participation of trombonist Jonathan Volchock, bassist Yoav Ganor, and drummer Roni Kaspi.
Who is Tivon Pennicott, the celebrated jazz virtuoso?
A distinguished reed player hailing from the United States, Pennicott’s contributions have led to three Grammy victories – one alongside renowned bassist Esperanza Spalding and two in collaboration with the acclaimed vocalist Gregory Porter. His prominence was further solidified by securing second place in the esteemed Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz competition in 2013.
Pennicott’s artistic journey includes the release of his debut album, “Lover of Nature,” in partnership with the Sound Quartet he co-founded five years prior. This collaboration featured pianist Mike Battaglia, bassist Spencer Murphy, and drummer Kenneth Salters. His sophomore offering, “Spirit Garden,” unveiled in 2020, marked a grander sonic exploration. Pennicott’s multifaceted talents shone as he composed, orchestrated, and produced the album, collaborating with a sextet accompanied by a 26-piece orchestra.
Before venturing into his own project-led endeavors, Pennicott made his mark in studio settings, contributing his musical prowess to guitarist Kenny Burrell’s 2010 release “Be Yourself.” Notable collaborations pepper his illustrious career, including partnerships with drummer Ari Hoenig and the late trumpeter Roy Hargrove.
Pennicott’s virtuosity has graced some of the world’s most revered stages, including the Royal Albert Hall, Berliner Philharmonie, and Carnegie Hall. His artistry has also captured broader audiences as a member of the house band for CBS’ popular “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.”
Beyond his performances, Pennicott brings substantial educational credentials to the table, serving as a faculty member at New York University.
As Pennicott imparts his wisdom and performs alongside Rimon’s jazz luminaries, the school and its students are poised to bask in a symphony of inspiration and growth, embracing the powerful force of music to transcend boundaries and foster artistic brilliance.