Nir Felder

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Nir Felder
Born (1982-12-30) December 30, 1982 (age 38)
Occupation(s)Musician, composer
Years active2005–present
Associated actsBig Heat

Nir Felder (born 1982) is an American jazz guitarist, composer, and songwriter.


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

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).[5]

Felder's first album, Golden Age (2014), was released by Okeh and recorded with Aaron Parks on piano, Matt Penman on bass, and Nate Smith on drums.[6][7]


As leader[edit]

  • Golden Age (Okeh, 2014)
  • II (Ropeadope, 2020)

As sideman[edit]


  1. ^ Hindin, Zach (March 27, 2014). Nir Felder: Putting Musical Storytelling Ahead of Chops. JazzTimes. Retrieved July 1, 2014.
  2. ^ Chinen, Nate. (August 5, 2010). Bridging Jazz Generations Without Nostalgia. The New York Times, p. 3.
  3. ^ Schultz, Barbara (January 2014). Nir Felder's 'Golden Age'. Mix. 38(1): 18. ISSN 0164-9957
  4. ^ 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)
  5. ^ Rentner, Simon. (July 5, 2013). Guitarist Nir Felder on Dexter Gordon Tribute in Montreal. WBGO.
  6. ^ Jackson, Josh. (September 2, 2010). Nir Felder: Introducing The Next Big Jazz Guitarist. NPR. Retrieved February 13, 2014.
  7. ^ Barton, Chris. (January 21, 2014). Album Review: Nir Felder's 'Golden Age'. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 13, 2014.

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