Like a summer breeze
that lifts a seagull over a tropical beach, the music of the Shimon
Ben Shir Group is warm, inviting and takes the listener on a journey
to destinations that reflects the far reaching places around the globe
that the group represents.
Shimon Ben-Shir: Basses
- Berklee College of Music graduate, Shimon Ben-Shir grew up in Israel,
surrounded by the sounds of Middle Eastern music. Since 1994 Shimon has immersed himself in the New England music scene,
playing in a wide range of bands covering diverse musical genres, including big band, jazz, blues, rock and pop.
Shimon is the leader of “The Shimon Ben Shir Group” with considerable performances in many notable venues throughout the
Diane Wernick: Saxophones
Received her B.A. in Jazz Education from North Texas State University
and her M.A. in Music Performance from Northern Illinois University.
Diane's teaching experience includes: JPMC since 1994, teaching saxophone,
clarinet, and flute, The Berklee College of Music's Ensembles department,
and Directing the Middle School Jazz Band at Buckingham Browne & Nichols.
Twenty years of teaching and performing make her comfortable working
with a variety of musical settings including jazz combos, swing big
bands, sax quartets, and woodwind ensembles.
Duncan Martin: Saxophones
Saxophonist Arranger and Composer A New England jazz stalwart for
40 years, Duncan Martin is an active teacher as well as performer.
He is conductor and arranger for the John Payne Saxophone Choir, which
has appeared at the Regattabar, Ryles, the Tam, and Sculler's, three
times performing with President Bill Clinton. Duncan is also a member
of the septet Pzazz and leader of his own quartet.
Diana Fischer: Keyboards
Pianist/vocalist Diana Fischer received a Bachelor's in Jazz Performance
from the New England Conservatory of Music where she studied with
Tom McKinley. She has an extensive background in classical piano and
Rotating Drumers: Phil Neighbors, Dani Danor, Ricardo Nhuch, Jody Bregler