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|Born||May 3, 1978|
|Occupation(s)||saxophonist, composer, arranger, bandleader|
|Labels||PiLi Records, Plus Loin Music, Anzic Recordz|
|Associated acts||Eli Degibri Quartet
Eli Degibri Trio
Al Foster Quartet
Herbie Hancock Sextet
Degibri first began playing the mandolin at age 7 in an after school music program at the Jaffa Conservatory of Music. Three years later, after attending a jazz concert, he became enamored with the saxophone and switched his studies to that instrument.
In 1994 Degibri was selected to receive a full scholarship to attend the Berklee College of Music's Summer Performance Program. The following year Degibri was again awarded a full scholarship, and participated in the Berklee program for a second summer.
In 1997, at age 18, Degibri received a full scholarship to attend the Berklee College of Music and relocated to the United States. After a year at Berklee, he was one of only six musicians to be selected, with a full scholarship, to attend the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz program, where he studied and performed with Ron Carter, Benny Golson, Jimmy Heath and Clark Terry.
After graduating from the Monk Institute in 1999, Degibri was asked to join pianist Herbie Hancock's sextet, playing the music of Hancock's album Gershwin's World. Degibri toured the world with them for 2.5 years, and was featured on Hancock's 2002 The Jazz Channel Presents Herbie Hancock DVD special.
In 2002 Degibri relocated to New York and formed his first quintet featuring Kurt Rosenwinkel, Aaron Goldberg, Ben Street, and Jeff Ballard. The band performed in New York jazz clubs including the Blue Note, the Jazz Standard, 55 Bar and Smalls Jazz Club. That same year Degibri joined drummer Al Foster’s band, the Al Foster Quartet.
In 2006, he released his second album, Emotionally Available, again on Fresh Sound, featuring Goldberg, Street and Ballard. That year, he appeared on another album, One Little Song, a duo collaboration with pianist Kevin Hays.
Degibri was featured on Al Foster’s 2008 release Love, Peace and Jazz!, a live recording at the legendary New York club the Village Vanguard, and on Foster's 2008 full length DVD The Paris Concert. A live show of the Al Foster Quartet at the Village Vanguard was aired on NPR on May 21, 2008.
In January 2011 Degibri was invited to headline at the Red Sea Jazz Festival's first winter edition, where he has performed a duo with pianist Kenny Barron. In April 2011 Degibri joined drummer Al Foster and bassist George Mraz quartet together with pianist Fred Hersch at Birdland Jazz Club in New York for a performance dedicated to the music of the late Joe Henderson around what would have been Henderson's 74th birthday. The quartet was also invited to perform at the 2011 North Sea Jazz Festival  and Gent Jazz Festival.
Om August 29, 2013 Degibri released his sixth album, Twelve, on Degibri's own new label, PiLi Records, with a collaboration with Plus Loin Music, featuring Gadi Lehavi, Ofri Nehemya, and Barak Mori.
- In The Beginning (2003)
- Emotionally Available (2006)
- Live At Louis 649 (2008)
- Israeli Song (2010)
- Twelve (2013)
- One Little Song (2006) - with Kevin Hays
- The Jazz Channel Presents Herbie Hancock (2002) - Herbie Hancock
- Love, Peace and Jazz! Live at the Village Vanguard (2008) - Al Foster
- The Paris Concert (2008) - Al Foster
- Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Alumni
- Monk Institute Awards and Honors - Berklee students and alumni
- featuring Kurt Rosenwinkel, Aaron Goldberg, Ben Street and Jeff Ballard. Turner, Mark F. (March 2004). "In The Beginning :: Mark F. Turner review". All About Jazz.
- Ruhlmann, William (October 2008). "Al Foster Quartet: Love, Peace and Jazz!". Jazz Times.
- "Al Foster Quartet: The Paris Concert". E-Jazz-Lines.
- "Al Foster Quartet: Live at the Village Vanguard". WBGO. May 21, 2008.
- "Live at Louis 649 :: Anzic Records". Anzic Records. August 2008.
- "Eli Degibri & Kenny Barron Duo at the Red Sea Jazz Festival". January 2011.
- "Music of Joe Henderson - Wall Street Journal review by Will Friedwald". The Wall Street Journal. April 2011.
- "Music of Joe Henderson at the North Sea Jazz Festival 2011".
- "Ynet, Eli Degibri & Dubi Lenz, Red Sea Jazz Festival". October 2011.
- "Eli Degibri on UNESCO's Official Website".
- "International Jazz Day Official Website".
- "Eli Degibri, Twelve". August 2013.