Oz Noy

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Oz Noy
Born (1972-04-25) 25 April 1972 (age 50)
GenresJazz, jazz fusion, Rock music, Electric blues, Funk
Years active1990s–present
LabelsAbstract Logix
Associated actsBANN, Ozone Squeeze

Oz Noy (born April 25, 1972) is a guitarist, composer, and bandleader born in Israel[1] and currently based in New York City[2].

Early years[edit]

Noy grew up in Rishon LeZion[1] and began playing guitar at the age of 10.[3]. His initial influences included the Beatles, and grew to encompass jazz guitarists Wes Montgomery, Jim Hall, Bill Frisell, Pat Metheny, and John Abercrombie; blues guitarists Stevie Ray Vaughn, B.B. King, Albert King, and Freddie King; and rock guitarist Jimi Hendrix[4][2].

Music career[edit]

As a young professional musician in Israel, he played in jazz, pop music, blues, and heavy metal outfits in Tel Aviv[5], eventually collaborating on stage and in the studio with Israeli artists like Ariel Zilber, Mazi Cohen, and Meir Banai while continuing to pursue his own instrumental music.[1][6]. He was hired to be the guitarist in the house band of one of Israel’s top-rated television shows, Ha'Rishon Ba'Bidur (“The First in Entertainment”), hosted by Dudu Topaz[1], giving him the opportunity to perform in front of large national audiences. After two years in this role, Noy felt he had exhausted the available opportunities in Israel, and relocated to New York City in 1996[5].

Over the course of his career, Noy has recorded or performed with Gavin Degraw, Clay Aiken, Harry Belafonte, Idina Menzel, Chris Botti, the Gil Evans Orchestra, Warren Haynes, Allen Toussaint, Don Was, Richard Bona, Jeff "Tain" Watts, John Patitucci, Dweezil Zappa, and the Allman Brothers[1][2].


  • “Oz Live” with James Genus, Keith Carlock, Reggie Washington, Anton Fig (Magnitude Records, recorded 2002, released 2004)
  • “Ha!” with James Genus, Will Lee, Anton Fig, Keith Carlock, George Whitty, Shai Bahar (Magnitude Records, 2005)
  • “Fuzzy” with James Genus, Will Lee, Anton Fig, Keith Carlock, Jim Beard, Shai Bahar, Matt Houser, Jimmy Johnson (Magnitude Records, 2007)
  • “Schizophrenic” with Will Lee, Keith Carlock, Ricky Peterson, Shai Bahar, Chris Palmaro, Sheri Miller, Anton Fig, Steve Lukather, Dave Weckl (Magnitude Records, 2009)
  • “Twisted Blues Volume 1” with Roscoe Beck, Will Lee, Anton Fig, Chris Layton, Vinnie Colaiuta, Eric Johnson, Jerry Z., John Medeski, Reese Wynans, Allen Toussaint, Ralph MacDonald (Abstract Logix, 2011)
  • “Twisted Blues Volume 2” with Will Lee, Keith Carlock, Greg Leisz, John Medeski, Dave Weckl, Chick Corea, Jerry Z., Roscoe Beck, Chris Layton, Gregoire Maret, Reese Wynans, Lew Soloff, Giulio Carmassi, Eric Johnson, Warren Haynes, Allen Toussaint (Abstract Logix, 2014)
  • “Asian Twistz” (as the Oz Noy Trio) with Etienne Mbappe, Dave Weckl (Abstract Logix, 2015)
  • “Who Gives a Funk” with Will Lee, Roscoe Beck, Rocky Bryant, Steve Wolf, Chris Layton, Jerry Z., Danny Sadownick, Joe Bonamassa, Robben Ford, Dweezil Zappa, John Medeski, Randy Brecker, Chris Potter, Fred Wesley (Abstract Logix, 2016)
  • “Booga Looga Loo” with Anne Drummond, John Patitucci, Kevin Hayes, Seamus Blake, Will Lee, James Genus, Dave Eggar, Marika Hughes, Dave Weckl, Steve Ferrone, Vinnie Colaiuta, Brain Charette, Jerry Z., John Sneider, Alba Torremocha, Gabrielle Fink, Mazz Swift (Abstract Logix, 2019)

With BANN (Oz Noy, Seamus Blake, Jay Anderson, Adam Nussbaum):

  • As You LIke (Jazz Eyes, 2010)

With Ozone Squeeze (Oz Noy, Darren Stanley, and Rai Thistlethwayte):

  • Ozone Squeeze (Abstract Logix, 2017)


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Brinn, David. "The wonderful world of Oz". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 2020-07-31.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Bryson, Allen. "Oz Noy". All About Jazz. Retrieved 2020-07-31.
  3. Ferguson, Jon. "The guitar grabbed Oz Noy and never let go". LancasterOnline. Retrieved 2020-08-07.
  4. Ross, Michael. "Oz Noy: Wizard of Weird". Premier Guitar. Retrieved 2020-07-31.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Goodwin, Jeremy D. "Jazz that rocks from guitarist Oz Noy". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2020-08-07.
  6. "Oz Noy Discography". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2020-08-21.

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