ASSAF GLEIZNER (Piano Player), was born and raised in Tel Aviv, Israel. In 2007, Assaf moved to the U.S. where he received a scholarship to earn his BMus in Jazz Performance at SUNY Purchase. There, he studied with Jazz greats such as Charles Blenzeig, Hal Galper, Todd Coolman, Pete Malenverny, Jimmy Green, Kenny Washington, David Hazeltine, Arturo O'Ferril and Jon Faddis. Assaf has since played in a number of venues throughout the tri-state area such as Smalls Jazz Club, Dizzy's Coca Cola Club and Birdland, along with many others.
Most recently, Assaf has formed the group Trio Shalva. Here, he fuses his heritage with his vast musical training by performing classic israeli songs, as well as his own compositions is a Jazz setting. The trio released their debut album Riding Alone on January 1st, 2011.