Gilad Atzmon

Born 9 June 1963.
Gilad Atzmon


Gilad Atzmon (Hebrew: גלעד עצמון‎; born June 9, 1963) is an Israeli-born British jazz saxophonist, novelist, political activist and writer.

Atzmon's album Exile was BBC jazz album of the year in 2003. Playing over 100 dates a year, he has been called "surely the hardest-gigging man in British jazz." His albums, of which he has recorded thirteen to date, often explore the music of the Middle East and political themes. He has described himself as a "devoted political artist."

His criticisms of Zionism, Jewish identity, and Judaism, as well as his controversial views on Holocaust denial and Jewish history, have led to allegations of antisemitism and racism from both Zionists and leading anti-Zionists.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of In Loving Memory Of America

    In Loving Memory Of America 2009

    Reviewed by Kathryn Shackleton
    In Loving Memory is Gilad's epitaph to his American dream.
  2. Review of Artie Fishel And The Promised Band

    Artie Fishel And The Promised Band 2006

    Reviewed by Kathryn Shackleton
    Between the mock interviews, riots and hilarious bouts of communal singing, there are...
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