Shai Golan is an Israeli saxophonist currently residing in both New York and Los Angeles. Shai has performed with numerous distinguished artists including David Binney, Billy Childs, Steve Wilson, Walter Smith III, Chris Potter, David Liebman, John Escreet, Matt Brewer, Nate Wood, Louis Cole, Dan Weiss, and John Daversa.
He has accumulated several distinctions which including winning the 2016 Vandoren Emerging Jazz Artist Competition, and the Best Soloist and Best Arranger Awards from the 2015 Amsterdam Keep and Eye International Jazz Competition.
Shai is a student of Donny McCaslin, Gary Smulyan, Rich Perry, Katisse Buckingham, Rob Lockart, Michael Mull, Josiah Boornazian, and Gary Pratt. He graduated with a Master’s Degree in Jazz Arts from the Manhattan School of Music in 2017 and with a Bachelor’s Degree from CSUN in 2015.