Yoron Israel


Chicago native Yoron Israel is among his generation's most gifted musicians. He began his journey in church, where he honed his skills as a drummer, pianist, and vocalist.

Yoron's captivating musical and visionary prowess as a band leader are showcased throughout notable recordings on his label: Ronja Music Company, including "New Dreams," "This Moment," "Visions," "Basic Traneing," and "A Gift for You;" also, on critically acclaimed albums such as “Chicago” (Double Time label) and “Live at the Blue Note” (Half Note). As co-leader of the Frank Walton/Yoron Israel Sextet, he produced “Live in Chicago” and “The Back Step” (Han-Wal Productions).

"Music to be Enjoyed by All" and "Music to Uplift and Heal" are guiding principles of his art. As Jack DeJohnette aptly puts it, "Yoron's works are sparkling musical offerings from a drummer with good taste. He has a sense of direction and a feeling of joy in his drumming, compositions, and arrangements. Yoron Israel is an important voice you should listen to."

Yoron is Chair and Professor of Percussion at Berklee College of Music. He is the author of the online course "Drum Set Performance 101" and the educational video "Creative Jazz Improvisation for Drum Set" (Hal Leonard). He also serves as Pastor of Music and Arts at Destiny Life Center International Church (Brockton, MA) and Artistic Director of the "Jazz in the Sanctuary-South Shore" concert series. His distinctive educator, activist, and administrator roles testify to his commitment to nurturing the next generation.

Yoron's musical evolution is marked by his collaborations with some of history's most prolific artists. These include performances on more than 200 recordings and world tours with Ahmad Jamal, Horace Silver, Abbey Lincoln, Sonny Rollins, Joe Lovano, and Roy Hargrove, among numerous others. His current work with Laszlo Gardony, Avery Sharpe, Chico Freeman, Jay Hoggard, and The Makanda Project attests to his versatility and immense talent.