Paul Van Ross Flutes with Itai Kriss

29 July.

Very fortunate today to have a lesson with the Amazing Itai Kriss. A phenomal flutist who is originally from Israel and now resides in New York.

Itai has amazing technical facility on the flute and is equally at home in jazz or Latin music. He fuses the two together effortlessly.

Do yourself a favour and check his website ItaiKriss.com

After quizzing him on some basic fundamentals in the Cuban Charanga style of flute playing we played a few duets.

Had a great hang. Hope we can do it again before I leave NYC.



Cubana Social

Early July,

Headed down “Cubana Social”, a great Cuban bar in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Wanted to hear the wonderful Flutist Itai Kriss play with a Latin group.

After enjoying a few happy hour cocktails with my buddy…..(the peppery beer tasting cocktail definitely not recommended), I was able to join the group on saxophone for a set of music.

Fun Times.









Smoke jazz club with Itai Kriss

Wednesday 11th July went uptown manhattan to ‘Smoke’ jazz club.

I remember the venue from my last stay in NYC, it’s hard to forget a club that has a stage with a supporting pillar right in front of it!

Anyway, a fine sextet playing tonight led by pianist / organist Bill Charette. Joined by:

Itai Kriss – flute
Kenny Brooks – tenor
Frank Perowsky – bass clarinet
Mike DiRubbo – alto
Jochen Rueckert – drums

The band had some wonderful harmonies in their arrangements (all original composition). Most outstanding player was Itai Kriss with amazing technical facility over the full range of the flute combines with extensive jazz knowledge in both harmony and rhythm. Kenny Brooks also impressive.

Odd moment when Brian alternated choruses of accompaniment on organ & piano (sounded very strange).