The fiftysomething saxophonist and educator has been performing and teaching jazz all over the country for over 30 years, and served as head of the Rimon School of Music for many years.
Now he has launched a Headstart fundraising campaign to get the necessary financial resources together to get the Jaffa Jazz Festival off the ground. Kimmelman is well connected in the global jazz community and has lined up leading artists from across the world to perform in what he hopes will be the inaugural edition of the event, which is due to take place October 8-10, in Jaffa.
The program takes in 10 concerts, with acclaimed jazz musicians performing in tribute shows which celebrate the music of iconic figures the likes of trumpeter Chet Baker, guitarist Wes Montgomery, saxophonist Joe Henderson and pianist Bill Evans. On the first two days the final performance slot will be followed by jam sessions that may well continue on into the wee hours.