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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.
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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 Boston area.

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 voice.

Rotating Drumers: Phil Neighbors, Dani Danor, Ricardo Nhuch, Jody Bregler

Ben-Shir MusicContact: Tel: 617-852-6028
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