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Israeli jazz pianist brings his trio to Palladium April 17

Roy Assaf Roy Assaf The Roy Assaf Trio, a jazz group formed by Israeliborn pianist Roy Assaf, will perform at the Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave., N., St. Petersburg, on Sunday, April 17 at 6 p.m.

The performance will be in the Palladium’s Side Door, an intimate venue known for its acoustics and with seating for 175.

Reserved seats are $35 and general admission is $25, but Jewish Press readers can get a 10 percent discount by using promo code PIANOJAZZ. For more information call the Palladium at (727) 822-3590 or visit

At the age of 23, after graduating from Boston’s Berklee College of Music, Assaf moved to New York City to pursue his dream and was soon touring the world and playing with the Dizzy Gillespie All Stars, and thereafter with some of the world’s most influential contemporary jazz bands: Slide Hampton Sextet, The Mingus Big Band, David Sanborn Group, and many others.

While completing his master’s at the Manhattan School of Music, Assaf became one of the most sought-after young pianists on the New York jazz scene. In 2012, he released his debut album, Respect.

The next year Assaf formed a trio with Raviv Markovitz on bass and Jake Goldbas on drums. The group’s first performance was at the Jewish Community Center in Washington, D.C. and in September 2013 they spent three days in the Catskills and recorded their debut album, Second Row Behind The Painter.

Subsequently, the trio performed across North America at venues including New York City’s iconic Blue Note, the Rubin Museum of Art, and across the globe – Japan, Europe, North, Central and South America and Canada.

“I love playing in other people’s bands, painting their compositions with the colors I hear in my head,” says Assaf. “But for now I’m excited to dive into my own personality as a pianist, composer, and band leader; deliver stories from my life into my music; and discover what Raviv and Jake bring from their own backgrounds to the trio. It’s a journey to unknown boundaries. We take the audience on a quest every time we take the stage. We share our music and joy with our fans, and most importantly, our lifelong mission – being able to help people all over the world through the power of music.”

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