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Yaron Herman is an Israeli jazz pianist from France who began his recording career at a young age and was roundly acclaimed. Some even referred to him as the Keith Jarrett of his generation. Born in Tel Aviv, Israel, on July 12, 1981, he began learning piano relatively late in life as a teenager and, after only a few years of study, moved to Boston, MA, to attend the Berklee College of Music at age 19. He didn't stay long at Berklee, however, and instead moved to Paris, France, where he began his recording career at age 21. Herman's full-length album debut, Takes 2 to Know 1 (2004), was a collaborative effort with drummer Sylvain Ghio released on the label Sketch. He subsequently made his solo album debut with Variations (2006) on Laborie Records. Also in 2006 he performed on the Raphaël Imbert-led Newtopia Project album Suite Elegiaque released on the classical label Zig-Zag Territoires. In 2007 Herman hit the French albums chart with A Time for Everything, the debut recording of the Yaron Herman Trio, comprised also of bassist Matt Brewer and drummer Gerald Cleaver. Released on Laborie Records, the album features original material as well as interpretations of contemporary pop hits by Björk ("Army of Me") and Britney Spears ("Toxic"), plus older yet similarly well-known songs by the Police ("Message in a Bottle") and Leonard Cohen ("Hallelujah"). ~ Jason Birchmeier