Meet Gilad Atzmon – Jazz Musician and Author

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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