Albert Dadon = Albare

June 5, 2012 by J-Wire
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Albert Dadon is well known throughout the community as the founder of the Australia Israel Cultural Exchange and the Australia Israel Leadership Forum…but the Melbourne businessman’s alter ego Albare is now on the road fronting his star-packed  jazz group on their “Long Way” world tour. J-Wire has five free double tickets for Satrday’s Sydney performance.


Albare will  appear this Saturday night at Sydney’s Seymour Centre and J-Wire has five double passes to give away…the first five J-Wire subscribers to email their subscriber’s email address to will take out the prize. To subscribe head to top right of this page….

The jazz guitarist, who chaired the Melbourne Jazz Festival between 2003 and 2005, recorded the first of his six albums in 1990. Moroccan-born Albare was introduced to the guitar in Dimona, Israel when he was eight years old. He told J-Wire: “For three years I has classical lessons but I am self-taught in jazz.”

His latest album “Long Way” features six top international musicians including drummer Antonio Sanchez, a regular performer with jazz greats Gary Burton, Pat Metheny and Chick Corea and German Grammy award winning sax player George Garzone. This will be the combo’s last Australian appearance before embarking on a world tour.

The tour opened in Melbourne this week and  included a concert at the 1200-seater Melbourne Recital Hall. Before heading to Europe, Albare will perform in Alice Springs. The European tour will take in Paris, Amsterdam, Munich, London and Turin.

Dadon added: “I created the ‘Albare’ persona back in 1990. I was signed up with Festival Records and I cut my first two albums with them. The best-known musician I have played with would have to be bassist Ray Brown. I produced an album in Australia with him in 1995.” Ray Brown was a regular bassist for fabled pianist Oscar Peterson

Albare has a large collection of guitars but says “I don’t hold any of them for sentimental reasons. If I don’t play them I get rid of them. The guitars that I currently play are my favourite ones and the ones I keep may become my favourite ones again if they produce a sound I want to play.”

Albare told J-Wire that his grandfather was a violinist but he never met him…”maybe it’s in the genes?”

The music being featured in the “Long Way” tour was composed jointly by Albare and his bass player Greek-Australian Evripidis Evripidou.

J-Wire asked Albare how his music fitted in with his very busy business life. He said: “I don’t have any separation between the two. My business life is very creative too. The two go hand in hand. That’s the way it has always been.”

And the Dadon family? Albare said: “My family is musical. My son plays piano and my two daughters sing. We play together often.”

Albare’s last performed in Sydney in November at The Basement.

Albert Dadon is the founder and chairman of the Australian Jazz Awards. He was born in Morocco and grew up in Israel and France before moving to Melbourne.

For businessman and community personality Albert Dadon, well-connected to many of the world’s leading political leaders and business luminaries, it is time to take centre stage himself…as Albare.


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