Erez Dessel is a pianist, composer, educator, and curator. He currently lives in Chicago, where he can be found leading his own groups, as well as playing in groups led by drummer Tim Daisy, saxophonist Ken Vandermark, and a variety of other improvisers. Dessel’s music is centered around exploring improvisation, graphic notation, and polyrhythmic structures. After graduating from NEC in 2020, Dessel moved to Savannah, GA to accept the position of music director at the Savannah Music Festival Jazz Academy, Savannah’s first and only free afterschool youth jazz program. Dessel studied at the New England Conservatory of Music (NEC), where he worked with a host of jazz luminaries including Billy Hart, Ethan Iverson, and Jason Moran. While in Boston he performed regularly, including at the Celebrity Series festival Jazz Along the Charles, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and Wally’s Jazz Club.