Tourist Tip #246 / Tel Aviv Jazz Festival

Striking a chord with the locals, the Tel Aviv Jazz Festival descends on the White City this week, with plenty of helpings of local and foreign talent for the taking.

Tel Aviv, it's officially time to get jazzed up. For all of you looking for some hot licks this week, the Tel Aviv Jazz Festival will be in full swing this Wednesday to Friday, May 29 to May 31.

The Festival will be held at Tel Aviv's Cinematheque and will include evening performances by both Israeli and foreign musicians. Among those playing will be Saxophonist on the Roof Daniel Zamir; Japanese pianist Chihiro Yamanaka and her trio; and from the U.S., the Gary Bartz Quartet.

Also, keep a special eye on local talent Ester Rada, who has been creating a good deal of buzz in Tel Aviv since releasing her first EP this January. Rada, who sings in English, will be performing some Ethiopian jazz and Nina Simone numbers at the festival.

For the entire program in English or Hebrew, head to the festival's website at http://www.jazzfest.co.il/. Tickets for the festival's performances range from NIS 99 to NIS 179 and can be purchased online at www.cinema.co.il or by phone at 03-606-0800.

For those either short on dough or who just can't get enough, there will also be jazz happenings with free admission taking place in the plaza outside the Cinematheque on Wednesday and Thursday evenings and Friday afternoon.

Dates: May 29-31. Location: Tel Aviv Cinematheque, 2 Sprinzak St. Main performances begin at 8 P.M., with last starting before midnight. For specific times look at schedule at: http://www.jazzfest.co.il/2013/english.html. Tickets NIS 99 - NIS 179.

Jazz happenings last several hours and begin Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 P.M. And Friday at 2 P.M. Price: Admission is free. Full list of performers at happenings available in Hebrew at http://www.jazzfest.co.il/2013/hapening.html

AP