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New Orleans Jazz Festival Opens with Reception at Ambassador of Norway’s Residence

 The third annual New Orleans Jazz Festival in Tel Aviv opened Wednesday evening with a jazz reception at the Ambassador of Norway’s Residence H.E. Mr. Kare R. Aas .

Guests from the diplomatic corps, civil society, and friends of the Norwegian embassy enjoyed dinner and refreshments and got a sneak preview of Israel’s premier jazz festival launching the next evening in Tel Aviv.


The Eli and the Chocolate Factory Band performed a series of jazz favorites. Throughout the evening guest musicians from top jazz bands in Israel, as well as several singers, took the stage to delight the guests. Guests even took advantage of the evening to dance in front of the pool. 



Ambassador Kåre R. Aas explained that the evening was also in honor of the incoming Deputy Chief of Mission, Mr. Bjørn Klouman Bekken. Ambassador Aas thanked the organizers and invited all the guests to enjoy the chance to dance to quality live music. Ziv Ben, the founder and musical director of the festival, addressed the audience, thanking the ambassador and the many musicians. Explaining the impetus behind the festival--celebrating the diversity and influence of jazz, Ziv explained that despite the complexities of holding a festival during Covid-19, there would be over 100 musicians performing this year in Tel Aviv, highlighting the talent of Israeli musicians.


The New Orleans Jazz Festival runs from October 14-16 at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.

Tickets are available via www.hotjazz.co.il or by calling 03-5733001.

Tickets can also be purchased there for upcoming jazz performances in future months.

Photo credit  Silvia G. Golan