Naaman, one of several fine transplanted Israeli jazz players who are currently enlivening the scene, is a no-nonsense saxophonist who displays his firm musicality and robust tone on his début album, Independence.
– The New Yorker
Nir Naaman started playing the saxophone at age 10, and has distinguished himself as a performer, composer and teacher of jazz. A multi-award winning saxophonist and composer, Nir was born and raised in Israel, studied at the Thelma Yellin High School of the Arts, served as a Lead Alto Saxophone Player in the Israeli Air Force Band. Nir has recently earned a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from the New England Conservatory (2017).
Nir has appeared in jazz festivals, clubs, TV shows and recording sessions. Performed professionally with artists such as George Cables, Eddie Marshall, Terri-Lyne Carrington, Paquito D'Rivera, Joanne Brackeen, Oscar Stagnaro, Dave Samuels, Steve Gadd, Abraham Laborial and John Riley. Toured in the United States, Europe, Israel and Japan.
Nir resides in Brooklyn. He is involved in many musical projects and leads his own jazz quartet. His debut CD, Independence (2014), produced by George Cables, was hailed by Jazziz magazine as a “Rare Gem".