What lies ahead for the career of Noy’s
By Jon Liebman
March 7, 2017
Oz Noy began his professional career at age 13, playing jazz, blues, pop and rock in his native Israel. By the time he was 16, he was playing with the top musicians and artists in the country. By 24, after becoming one of the most established and in-demand guitarists in Israel, Oz packed up and moved to New York City, hoping to break in to the American music scene.
Word of Oz’s guitar prowess eventually got around. Over the years, he has performed, toured and/or recorded with Richard Bona, Chris Botti, Cyndi Lauper, Toni Braxton, Phoebe Snow, Nile Rodgers, Mike Clark, Jeff “Tain” Watts, The Gil Evans Orchestra, The Allman Brothers, Allen Toussaint, John Abercrombie, Wallace Roney, Don Was, Nelly Furtado, Matisyahu, Jennifer Hudson, Don Henley, Patti Austin, Take 6, Michael Buble, Josh Groban, Phil Ramone, Paul Shaffer, Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Sting, Steve Perry, Allison Krauss, Foreigner and countless others.
Oz’s solo records feature an equally impressive lists of guest artists, including drummers Vinnie Colaiuta, Anton Fig, Dave Weckl and Chris Layton; bassists Etienne Mbappé, James Genus, Will Lee, Jimmy Johnson and Roscoe Beck; keyboardists Chick Corea, John Medeski, Jim Beard and Ricky Peterson; and guitarists Eric Johnson, Mike Stern, Steve Lukather and Warren Haynes.
Noy’s latest solo recording, Who Gives A Funk, released in April 2016, features guests Joe Bonamassa, Robben Ford, Dweezil Zappa, Fred Wesley, Chris Potter, John Medeski and Corey Glover.
FGPO’s Jon Liebman caught up with Oz at the Xotic booth at the 2017 winter NAMM show in Anaheim, CA.
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