Born in Morocco, raised in France and Israel, jazz guitarist Albare’s influences are varied and global indeed. At the age of 27, he migrated to Australia where he was initially well-known on the then burgeoning “acid Jazz” scene, recording a string of albums for the Festival label.
Returning to his first love, instrumental jazz, Albare (the nom de guerre of Albert Dadon) began recording and performing with his own band, while also becaming a major force in jazz as presented in Australia. As Director of the Melbourne Jazz Festival, he presented artists such as Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Gary Burton, McCoy Tyner and Sonny Rollins. He also founded the Australian Jazz “Bell” Awards and chairs the board of the Australian Jazz Awards. In 2008 he received the Order of Australia for his service to the arts, particularly for his work with the Melbourne Jazz Festival.
In 2011 Albare recorded and released Long Way, Albare’s latest album for the prestigious German jazz label Enja Records. Recorded in Brooklyn, the album features triple GRAMMY® winner drummer Antonio Sanchez (Pat Metheny Group), saxophonist George Garzone (the Joe Lovano Nonet), pianist Leo Genovese (Esperanza Spalding), prolific harmonica player Hendrik Meurkens and Albare's long time musical collaborator, bassist and composer, Evri (Evripedes Evripidou.) Albare calls this super group iTD, or the International Travel Diary, reflecting their global, cosmopolitan backgrounds.