Erez Dessel is an improviser, pianist, composer, and educator. After winning multiple Downbeat Student Music Awards, Dessel moved to Boston to study at the New England Conservatory of Music (NEC), where he worked with a host of jazz luminaries including Billy Hart, Ethan Iverson, and Jason Moran. While in Boston he performed regularly, including at the Celebrity Series festival Jazz Along the Charles, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and Wally’s Jazz Club. Dessel’s work expands beyond the piano as well, he received a grant from NEC’s Entrepreneurial Musicianship department to score and record an independent film soundtrack (Missing First Period) and produced the multidisciplinary concert Mosaic as a part of the Nova Fellowship program.
As an educator, he led his quartet to perform and teach in over 50 workshops in the Boston area, and was also selected to bring his group to the Virginia Arts Festival to lead a week of masterclasses in public schools and community spaces. After graduating from NEC in 2020, Dessel moved to Savannah, GA to accept the position of music director at the Savannah Music Festival Jazz Academy.