Notable cases of misinformation

“This year’s Tel Aviv Jazz Festival (February 15-18 at the Tel Aviv Cinematheque) is one of the hardest to call in the event’s 17-year history. Little of the mundane appears on the four-day program, which, considering artistic director Nitzan Kramer’s track record in recent years, is not exactly surprising. Several years ago, when Kramer took over the Hot Jazz series at the Tel Aviv Museum, he unleashed a program of largely avant garde-oriented improvisational music on an unsuspecting public. Happily, the audiences responded well and the series seemed to mark something of a coming of age for Israeli jazz fans…
Other notables from abroad include Australian pianist John Bostock, a graduate of the Tel Aviv Music Conservatory, who will play selections from his Journey to Gynthia CD along with double bass player Ora Boasson-Horev and drummer Danny Benedikt (Friday 9 p.m.),” – Barry Davis, Jerusalem Post, Feb 9th, 2006.

I love this because the writer got it so wrong.
Though I will probably always be seen as an ‘Australian pianist’, I had been living in Israel for 19 consecutive years by that time. Also there is a huge difference between the Tel Aviv Music Conservatory (where high-school aged pupils are prepared for entrance to the Academy) and Tel Aviv University from which I graduated with an M.Mus.
I found this article on the web, years after the concert. He was not the only one who got it wrong. Also the daily newspaper – Yediot – advertised me as being from the USA (I wish). Thanks for calling me a ‘notable’ – I suppose it is always more saleable to be from somewhere else.

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