Arnon Palty

Prof. Arnon Palty is one of Israel’s most prominent musicians, both as a composer, arranger, producer, author, educator, Jazz composer, and multi instrumentalist.


Arnon is a professor at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance in Israel, where he serves as Dean of the Cross-Disciplinary Music Faculty.

His areas of expertise include jazz and traditional harmony, counterpoint, advanced ear training, jazz composition, arranging and orchestration, guiding ensembles, and teaching a variety of survey seminars concerning the music of Charles Mingus, jazz’s correlation with impressionism, the music of Horace Silver, Wayne Shorter, Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, Frank Zappa, and the Beatles.

Arnon teaches bass, guitar, upright bass, piano, and trombone.
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Arnon has been and still is, a guest- lecturer at top academic music departments worldwide.  For further info kindly refer to the “lectures” section on this site.

Prof. Palty is the author of the books “Connecting Points in Jazz Dialects: The Metamorphic Process”, which derives from his Ph.D. dissertation ( the dissertation won highest distinction at the Bar-Ilan University). More books written by Arnon are
“Advanced Jazz Reharmonization Techniques”, “Models and Lines”, “Jazz Counterpoint”, “Jazz Arranging Techniques for Large Ensemble”, Vocal Jazz Arranging Techniques” and many articles in top magazines.
A collection of poetry and short stories has been published in 1979 under the title “Pictures Book”.

A recent album by the Dave Liebman Big Band, “Tomorrow’s Expectations”, is fully dedicated to Arnon’s arrangements, which are featured, among many other of his writing projects, at the prestigious Walrus Music Publishing and JW Pepper.

As a composer, Arnon’s discography contains 10 original albums, including his Jazz opera “Zerach the Alien” (for which he has written both the libretto and the music) featured by Arnon’s 10-piece band ‘PLUTONIUM”.
As a Jazz bass player,
Prof. Palty has played and recorded with top jazz artists including:
Dave Liebman, Phil Woods, Lee Konitz, Benny Golson, Donald Vega, Vic Juris, Tim Hagans, Adam Nussbaum, Didier Lockwood, Ben Monder, Jeremy Davenport, Dan Adler, Uri Caine, Dave Samuels, Terry-Lyne Carrington, Airto Moreira, Zakir Hussein, Garry Fisher, Graham Bruce, Mike Hyman, Dave Douglass, Donald “Duck” Bailey, Byron “Wookie” Landham, Norbert Stachel, Charles Pillow, Jake Reichbart, Rob Prester, Roland Vasquez, Cyrus Chestnut, just to name a few.

Arnon has won the America-Israel Foundation Award five times consecutively, both as a composer and a jazz bass player, first prize for jazz big band arranging in Mannheim Germany, and a special price in the composition competition of “White Night”, Tel Aviv for his string quartet “Opus 500”.

In 2021, Arnon won the Prime Minister’s Award for composers in the field of jazz – the most prestigious award in Israel in the music field.