Kehati’s recent compositions are inspired by the daily and trivial, yet wonderful and significant experiences of life: from a winter, snow-laden view of Fenway Park from his apartment porch (A View From My Window), to the mundane but satisfying life of a snail (Sunshine Berale), to a story of exodus with mixed feelings of freedom, pride, fear, and hope (Passover). His imagination has been fed over the years by a wide range of influences such as Berlioz, Kenny Rogers, Pat Metheny, Sting, and Gershwin. Kehati studied with artists such as Jerry Bergonzi, Billy Hart, George Garzone, Danilo Perez, Bob Moses, Robin Eubanks and Dave Holland.
In Boston, Kehati has preformed at Jordan Hall, The Beehive, Slades, Savant Project, Boston University, and Brandeis University. In his native Israel he has appeared at the Shablul Jazz Club, the Yellow Submarine, the Tel Aviv Jazz Festival, and the Machtesh Ramon Jazz Festival. As a sideman, Kehati has played with the Rimon Honors Ensemble at the Jazz and Blues Festival and the Holon Big Band at the Israel National Festival in Jerusalem. Kehati has performed alongside such noted musicians as Don Byron and Frank Gambale.
Kehati opens his quartet performances with one or two intimate Jazz Standards played with as a trio. He connects traditional Jazz with contemporary compositions. The standards give the audience a taste of his interpretation, his deep emotion, his musical motives, ideas, and vision that reflect later in the performance of his intriguing original compositions.
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