About this Playlist

For such a small country, Israel has made huge contributions to the world of jazz. In the past two decades, the country has seen a remarkable surge in talent, producing artists like The 3 Cohens and Omer Avital that bring a distinct brand of jazz to the international table. Israeli jazz, like the region it comes from, blends styles and influences to a delightful effect. In any given Israeli jazz song, one can hear traces of klezmer, European classical music, American funk, bossa nova or traditional Middle Eastern melodies. In the playlist, Downbeat presents the best new tracks from Israeli artists. Listen with open ears. The music will move you - in more ways than one.