"A keen story teller, Ben-Hur's dexterous, melodic and emotive playing is supported by a tight-knit cast of stellar musicians...his skill and warm tone underscoring the band's chemistry"
- Sharonne Cohen, JazzTimes
A pioneer for what has become an important wave of top jazz talent coming out of Israel, Ben-Hur migrated to New York in 1985, at the age of 22, and was quickly embraced by Manhattan's jazz elite. Learning jazz the old fashioned way by ‘doing the hang' at notable venues such as Barry Harris's Jazz Cultural Theater, he met a veritable who's who in the jazz community. "People like Walter Booker, Barry Harris, Chris Anderson, and Leroy Williams offered me a window to this music," says the guitarist, who was a key player in Harris's band from 1991 to 2007. Along with being a prodigious player, composer, arranger, and bandleader, Ben-Hur has truly dedicated himself to educating others about the joys and rewards of playing jazz. Since being the jazz program founder/director at The Lucy Moses School at Kaufman Center in Manhattan.