Nir Felder

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Nir Felder
Birth name Nir Felder
Born (1982-12-30) December 30, 1982 (age 31)
Genres Jazz
Occupations Musician, songwriter, composer
Instruments Electric guitar, acoustic guitar
Years active 2005–present
Labels Okeh
Associated acts Nir Felder 4, Big Heat
Notable instruments
Fender Stratocaster
Polytone Mini-Brute II

Nir Felder (born 1982[1]) is an American jazz guitarist, composer, and songwriter. He grew up in Katonah, New York, and attended the Berklee College of Music.[2] Before leading his own band, he played with Greg Osby, Esperanza Spalding, Jack DeJohnette, and Meshell Ndegeocello.[3][4] He has also collaborated with Australian jazz pianist Barney McAll and singer Gian Slater in the experimental jazz ensemble, Sylent Running.[5]

In 2013, Felder performed a tribute to saxophonist Dexter Gordon at the Montreal International Jazz Festival with Terri Lyne Carrington, Greg Osby, and Orlando Le Fleming. The quartet recreated and played two albums of material by Gordon, Go (1962) and Our Man in Paris (1963).[6]

Golden Age (2014), Felder's first album, was released on Sony's Okeh Records label with Aaron Parks on piano, Matt Penman on bass, and Nate Smith on drums.[7][8]

Selected recordings[edit]

As leader
  • Golden Age (2014)
As sideman
  • Terri Lyne Carrington, Money Jungle: Provocative in Blue (2013)
  • Tony Grey, Elevation (2013)
  • The Brian Landrus Kaleidoscope, Mirage (2013)
  • David Weiss & Point of Departure, Venture Inward (2013)
  • The Brian Landrus Kaleidoscope, Capsule (2011)
  • David Weiss & Point of Departure, Snuck Out (2011)
  • Bobby Selvaggio, Grass Roots Movement (2011)
  • Le Boeuf Brothers, In Praise of Shadows (2011)
  • David Weiss & Point of Departure, Snuck In (2010)
  • Alper Yılmaz, Over The Clouds (2010)
  • Sylent Running, Empathy Chip (2010)
  • Rob Mosher, Rob Mosher's Storytime: The Tortoise (2008)
  • Greg Osby, 9 Levels (2008)


  1. ^ Nir Felder, The TVD First Date. The Vinyl District. January 21, 2014. Retrieved February 13, 2014.
  2. ^ Hindin, Zach (March 27, 2014). Nir Felder: Putting Musical Storytelling Ahead of Chops. JazzTimes. Retrieved July 1, 2014.
  3. ^ Chinen, Nate. (August 5, 2010). Bridging Jazz Generations Without Nostalgia. The New York Times, p. 3.
  4. ^ Schultz, Barbara (January 2014). Nir Felder's 'Golden Age'. Mix. 38(1): 18. ISSN 0164-9957
  5. ^ Curtis, Rebecca Anne. (March 2010). Australia's Capital of Jazz? The (re)creation of place, music and community at the Wangaratta Jazz Festival. Australian Geographer, 41(1): 101–116. doi:10.1080/00049180903535618 (subscription required)
  6. ^ Rentner, Simon. (July 5, 2013). Guitarist Nir Felder on Dexter Gordon Tribute in Montreal. WBGO.
  7. ^ Jackson, Josh. (September 2, 2010). Nir Felder: Introducing The Next Big Jazz Guitarist. NPR. Retrieved February 13, 2014.
  8. ^ Barton, Chris. (January 21, 2014). Album Review: Nir Felder's 'Golden Age'. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 13, 2014.

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