Rafi Malkiel Ensemble

Rafi Malkiel Ensemble


Rafi leads a versatile ensemble with unique instrumentationwith a far-ranging repertoire that never strays too far away from the Latin-related rhythms of Cuba and South America that ultimately serve as the binding element to his fresh group concept that plays music as danceable as it is listenable.


Composer and trombonist Rafi Malkiel, originally from Jerusalem, is an active musician in both the Jazz and Latin scenes in New York City. Leading his ensemble, Rafi plays original compositions, as well as unique arrangements fusing Jazz and Latin-American standards with Afro-Caribbean rhythms. The Rafi Malkiel Ensemble performs extensively in venues such as Makor, Smalls, the 92 Street Y, The Corcoran Gallery of Arts in Washington, D.C, The Kimmel Center in Philadelphia and more.

Rafi was cited in the Recommended Jazz Trombonists list in PBS’ website Jazz, a film by Ken Burns, as well as in The Young Guns of Jazz, trumpeting the best of a new generation, by Chip Deffaa in the New York Post, July 2001. Rafi plays with Willie Colon, Jason Lindner’s Big Band and with Grammy-nominated Colombian singer Toto La Momposina, and he participated in Reggie Workman’s John Coltrane Africa Brass Live project. He has played in New York City in venues such as Madison Square Garden, Radio City, Town Hall, Symphony Space, the Carlyle Hotel with Bobby Short, Sweet Basil, SOB’s, and Small’s. Rafi has performed in the Broadway shows The Color Purple and in the Tony-award winning musical Urinetown. He has performed in numerous festivals around the world such as the JVC Jazz Festival, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Summer Stage, WOMAD festivals in Greece, New Zealand, and Australia, the Sydney Festival in Australia, and the Red Sea International Jazz Festival in Israel. He has recorded over forty Jazz, Latin, and Rock albums with notable artists such as Ray Anderson, Salsa Picante, Toto La Momposina, Lauryn Hill and Loren Schoenberg.

Rafi is releasing his debut solo album titled My Island. The album features him as a composer, arranger, band leader, trombone and euphonium player. It also features some of the best Jazz and Latin musicians in New York City, including legendary bassist Andy Gonzalez, percussionist Anthony Carrillo, tuba player Howard Johnson, clarinetist Anat Cohen and many more.


Rafi malkiel
My Island
Raftone NYC 2007

Pablo Mayor and Folklore Urbano
Chonta, New York 2005

La Cumbiamba Eneye
Cumbiamba, NY 2005

Nu Guajiro
Nu Guajiro, NY 2004

Ay! Que Rico
Jose Conde y Ola Fresca
Pipiki, New York 2004

Pablo Mayor and Folklore Urbano
New York 2003

Out of This World
2 CD Set of 10 years of WOMAD in Australia
WOMAD, Australia 2003

Out of This World
WOMAD New Zealand 2003
WOMAD, New Zealand 2003

Fiesta En El Bronx
Wayne Gorbea’s Salsa Picante
Shanachie, NYC 2002

20 Aòos De Toto La Momposina, Antology 1983-2002
Toto La Momposina
Yard High/Real World, England 2002

Live from New York
Salsa Picante
WayneGo, New York 2002

Itamar Ziegler
Itamar Ziegler
NYC 2002

Tagidu Mashehu
Tomer Yosef
Phonokol 2001

Constant Chase
Avi Leibovich
Fresh Sound NYC 2001

Wayne Gorbea & Salsa Picante
Shanachie Records, 2000 NYC

The Penniless Wilds
The Penniless Wilds
Vibromonk Records, 2000 NYC

Hamechona Shel Hagroove
Hadag Nachash
Hed Artzi, Tel Aviv 2000

Pueblo Alegre
Mo' Guajiro
1999 NYC

Out of this World
Loren Schoenberg and His Jazz Orc.
Montreux Jazz, 1998 NYC

Mika Karni
Mika Karni
Helicon, Tel Aviv 1997

Erev Erev
Shalom Chanoch
NMC Records, Tel Aviv 1997

A story of Multiplicity
BIMWO & Marilyn Mazur
Dacapo Records, Copenhagen 1997

BIMWO & Ray Anderson
Dacapo Records, Copenhagen 1997

Blue Bag
Harold Rubin
Digital Hippy Records, Tel Aviv 1996

Miscellaneous Items
Ram-Rimon Project
Jazzis Records, Israel 1995

Latin Hebrew Latin
Hed Arzi Records, Tel Aviv 1994

Shmil Berniker & Friends
Shmil Berniker
Gizmo Records, Jerusalem 1993

Set List

Guajira con Trombone / Rafi Malkiel - Guajira (Cuba)
Gozambique / Rafi Malkiel - Mozambique (Cuba)
Black and Tan Fantasy / Duke Ellington (New Orleans Funeral March)
Choro for Anat / Rafi Malkiel - Choro (Brazil)
Stardust / Hoagy Carmichael - Danzon-Cha (Cuba)
Nature Boy / Eden Ahbez - Porro-Cumbia (Colombia)
Blue Bomba / Rafi Malkiel-Bomba (Puerto-Rico)
Los Tres Juanes / B, Jillian Gutierrez - Bolero-Son (Cuba)
Danza Magica / Rafi Malkiel - Fandango (Colombia)