ArtistSam Yahel

One of the more distinctive voices among a new breed of Hammond B-3 organ players on the jazz scene, Sam Yahel has earned the top spot in Down Beat’s annual International Critics Poll as a Talent Deserving Of Wider Recognition for the past five consecutive years. Since moving to New York in 1990, Yahel has worked with a string of notable jazz artists including tenor saxophonists Joshua Redman and Eric Alexander, former James Brown sideman and alto sax great Maceo Parker, guitarists Peter Bernstein and Bill Frisell, and trumpeter Ryan Kisor as well as having played on Norah Jones’ Grammy-winning Come Away With Me in addition to recordings by vocalists Lizz Wright and Madeleine Peyroux. But it has been as a solo artist in his own right that Yahel has made his most personal statements as both composer and player.