JazzTimes, in association with Ropeadope Records, is pleased to announce the launch of a new online video series, Speakin’ My Piece, hosted by Israeli guitarist Dekel Bor. Premiering live weekly on Facebook and YouTube, the series will feature casual yet in-depth artist-to-artist conversations about music and life with some of the top names in jazz today, including Christian McBride, John Scofield, Ron Carter, Terri Lyne Carrington, Aaron Parks, Antonio Sánchez, Melissa Aldana, and Fred Hersch.
Speakin’ My Piece will air Thursdays at 3 PM ET on JazzTimes‘ Facebook page and YouTube channel, as well as on Bor’s and Ropeadope’s Facebook pages and YouTube channels. The series begins September 3, when Bor chats with saxophonist Walter Smith III. John Scofield will be the guest on September 10, followed by Terri Lyne Carrington on September 17 and Christian McBride on September 24. Further episode dates will be announced soon.
Dekel Bor, son of the Israel Philharmonic’s principal percussionist Alon Bor, studied at Thelma Yellin High School of the Arts alongside Avishai Cohen, Eli Degibri, and others before heading to the Royal Danish Academy on a full scholarship. He eventually moved to New York City, where he performed with a wide range of jazz artists, including Reggie Workman, Roy Hargrove, Donny McCaslin, and Ari Hoenig. Then, in August 2015, he nearly lost his life in a motorcycle accident. His recovery took years, during which he had to relearn his instrument. But his path back to playing shape is now complete, as evidenced by his first album as a leader in more than a decade, Let Love Rule, released in June of 2020.