Widely influential Jewish guitarist Yossi Piamenta, widely known as the “hassidic Hendrix,” passed away Sunday after an extended battle with cancer. He was 64.
Born in Jerusalem in 1951, Piamenta moved to New York to play with famed jazz saxophonist Stan Getz in the 1970s, “But when Yossi saw what went on in the showbiz industry… he declined and ran toward his Jewish roots,” according to his Facebook page. He stayed for more than 20 years in the United States, becoming religious and gathering a dedicated following enamored of his eclectic mix of jazz, rock and traditional hassidic melodies.
A devoted Chabad hassid, Piamenta was a fixture on the Orthodox wedding scene, performing with his brother Avi as the Piamenta Band.