Berklee College of Music - B.A.
Herbie Hancock institute of Jazz (UCLA) - M.A.
Over the years Roni Eytan has developed a unique way of playing the harmonica, by drawing on influences from a wide range of music, transcending the traditional sonorities associated the instrument, and achieving a singular musical voice.
Roni has performed with a galaxy of world renowned musicians, such as bassists John Patitucci and Eddie Gomez, drummer Brian Blade, pianists Kevin Hays, John Beasley and Shai Maestro among others. In 2014 he joined the band of Grammy Award-winning pianist Danilo Perez, performing with him for two years at major venues and festivals around the world.
In 2018, Roni was the first harmonica player to be chosen for the prestigious Herbie Hancock Institute program (previously known as the Thelonious Monk Institute). He was selected by a panel of iconic artists, including Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Ambrose Akinmusire and James Newton. While on the program, he studied under the artistic direction of Hancock and Shorter, and various other jazz masters.
Roni’s musical language is based in the jazz tradition of improvisation, and also feeds off music from the Middle East and North Africa (particularly Andalusian music), which he absorbed and studied in his hometown of Jerusalem. Since 2015 Roni has collaborated with
Even though Roni plays an “uncommon” instrument, he has been in demand as a sideman ever since he made his return to Israel, in 2020. He is a regular member in the Omri Mor (Avishai Cohen, Karim Ziad) quintet, as well as regularly collaborating with others such as Shai Maestro, Gilad Hekselman and Ruslan Sirota as well as mainstream artists, such as David Broza.
Last January, Roni recorded his Debut album in France, with his band, The album was was produced by Shai Maestro and is planned to be released next year.