It's hard to think of music more joyous than Omer Avital's. The Israeli bassist came up amidst the vibrant 1990s scene at Smalls, the storied Greenwich Village jazz stronghold. And even though these days he tours all over the world, in a sense he never left that cellar club: with his bobbing head, his blissed-out grin, and his soulful shouts, he's still Smalls' most visible genius loci. NPR, who put last year's "Suite of the East" among its top 10 discs of 2012, says Avital's music is animated by "ecstatic playfulness," his repertoire a seamless fusion of the "Sephardic with the swinging."
With Eli Degibri and Joel Frahm, saxophones; Yonathan Avishai, piano; and Daniel Freedman, drums.
Fulkerson Recital Hall (View)
1 Harpst Street
Arcata, CA 95521