Monthly Archives: January 2006

Meira Warshauer Works To Be Performed by Slovak Radio Orchestra

Meira WarshauerThree major works by American Jewish composer Meira Warshauer, Ahavah (Love),
Shacharit (Morning Service) and Like Streams in the Desert, will be
performed in “Music of the Jewish Heart,” a concert by the Slovak Radio
Symphony Orchestra, the Slovak Philharmonic Choir, soprano Jennifer
Hines, mezzo soprano Stephanie Gregory and tenor Michael Hendrick, all
under the direction of Maestro Kirk Trevor on Thursday, February 2 –
7:00 PM at The Concert Hall of Slovak Radio in Bratislava, Slovakia.
For more about these works, visit

can follow Ms. Warshauer’s trip to Bratislava online through her new
blog at

String Quartets by Milhaud, Zorn, Secunda, Schonthal and Binder Released on CD by Milken Archive

String Quartets
The Milken Archive of American Jewish Music Releases Its 40th CD–
Jewish String Quartets by Darius Milhaud, Sholom Secunda, John Zorn, Ruth Schonthal and Abraham Wolf Binder on Naxos American Classics.
Jewish String Quartets [8.559451]
is a unique collection of Judaically inspired, 20th-century string quartets. Written by five highly individual and stylistically diverse composers, this latest CD features the imaginative intersection of Jewish melodies, motifs or historical sensibilities with one of the cornerstone genres of the Western musical canon, the string quartet. This intimate medium has historically been a prism for a composer’s most personal musical statements, and that tradition is upheld in the pieces heard on this new disc.
Compositions by Darius Milhaud, Sholom Secunda, John Zorn, Ruth Schonthal and Abraham Wolf Binder with
performances by the Juilliard String Quartet, the Bochmann String Quartet, the Bingham String Quartet, and a quartet formed specially for the Zorn composition.…

KlezFest London 2006 alongside a Jewish Song School this summer

KlezFest London 2006 Sunday 13-Friday 18 August
Jewish Song School Sunday 13-Friday 18 August
Ot Azoy! Yiddish Course Sunday 6-Friday 11 August

KlezFest London is a hands-on learning experience with luminaries of the Klezmer revival
from Europe and America, focusing on the style, ornamentation, rhythm and repertoire of
Eastern European Jewish music, song and dance. It is an inspirational and life-enhancing
experience for amateur and professional instrumentalists and singers. In 2006, KlezFest
includes a special parallel strand for professional klezmer players as well as the
parallel Song School. KlezFest is preceded by a fantastic one-week Yiddish course ideal
for complete beginners and for singers but catering also for advanced language students.
Booking is now open and details and registration can be found on Web

Professional Position: Lectureship in Jewish Music at SOAS

University of London

Lectureship in Jewish Music
Department of Music
£26,486 – £39,093 p.a Inclusive of London Allowance
Vacancy No: 100097
Applications are invited for a Lectureship in Jewish Music based within the Department of
Music, Faculty of Arts and Humanities. The appointee will lecture on Jewish music to BA
and Master’s students, will contribute to the Department’s teaching in the field of
ethnomusicology, undertake normal administrative duties, supervise PhD students, and
contribute to the research activity of the Department. Applicants should have a relevant
PhD; those about to complete a PhD will also be considered. The post commences on
September 1st 2006.

Applicants who wish to discuss the position may contact the Head of Department, Dr David
Hughes (…


Inaugural volume in book series on Jewish Cultural Studies, edited by Simon J. Bronner, Distinguished University Professor, The Pennsylvania State University, USA

Publisher: Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, Oxford, UK

Format and Guidelines: 8,000-word essays in English, prepared electronically
in Word, following Oxford Guide to Style (humanistic style with endnotes)
Deadline: May 1, 2006

Contact: Professor Simon J. Bronner, School of Humanities, The Pennsylvania
State University, 777 West Harrisburg Pike, Middletown, PA 17057-4898, USA,


MARCH 4-26, 2006!
Tickets and Info: 415-276-1511 or
Concerts throughout the San Francisco Bay Area
Group, Senior and Student Discounts available

Opening Night March 4th for a rare Bay Area appearance of the heroically nutty,
genre-bending NEW ORLEANS KLEZMER ALLSTARS, New Orleans’ top world music band.
Of Special Interest:

FROM ISTANBUL TO JERUSALEM: 3/19 – Direct from Turkey- Yahudice: Sephardic
music from an ensemble of Turkey’s finest musicians with Israeli Ladino
singer Hadass Pal-Yarden. Thrust Stage/ Berkeley Repertory Theatre

Other Highlights:

I-TAL-YA: 3/5 – Italian Jewish music and song with Francesco Spagnolo,
Sharon Jan Bernstein and Michael Alpert, of Brave Old World

BAGELS AND BONGOS: 3/11- Septeto Rodriguez and special guest Irving Fields
in a riotous fusion of Havana, Harlem and the Catskills

TRADITIONS AND TRANSFORMATIONS: 3/12 – Cantors Alberto Mizrahi and Jack
, with pianists Anthony Coleman, Tova Morcos and others

JEWISH FRINGES: 3/16 – World premieres of New Music by top Bay Area
composers: Paul Dresher, Daniel David Feinsmith, Amy X Neuburg and John Schott

BEYLE SCHAECHTER-GOTTESMAN 3/23 – America’s leading Yiddish poet and
songwriter, honored this year by the NEA as a national treasure

THREE YIDDISH DIVAS 3/25 – Joanne Borts, Theresa Tova and Adrienne Cooper
pour passion and artistry into Yiddish jazz, cabaret and theater songs.…

KlezCalifornia 2006 in Palo Alto

KlezCalifornia 2006 will take place this spring at the
Kehilla Jewish High School in Palo Alto. An exciting
program is planned in collaboration with The Albert L.
Schultz JCC. Program Highlights include:

SATURDAY NIGHT – 8:00 pm, April 29th – Concert and Dance Party

at Cubberley Auditiorium. VERETSKI PASS, world renowned klezmer band, will be featured.

SUNDAY – 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, April 30th – Classes and Workshops

in: Klezmer music, Yiddish dancing, Yiddish Literature, Folk Arts, as well as a children’s and teen program.


– Josh Horowitz, Stu Brotman, Cookie Segelstein
(Veretski Pass)

– Steve Weintraub: Yiddish Dance Teacher

– Chayale Ash: Yiddish Theater Diva

– Youth Orchestra

– Master Classes for Instrumentalists

– Master Class for Singers

For more information visit

Duo46 perform Aires de Sefarad in San Rafael

Violinist Beth Ilana Schneider-Gould and guitarist Dr. Matt Gould, better
known as Duo46,will perform “Aires de Sefarad” by award winning compsoer Jorge
on Saturday ,February 4, 2006 at the Osher Marin JCC in San Rafael
California .The 46 Sephardic song cycle, about an hour of of music, is based on
500 year old Jewish folk Music from the Mediterranean. The concert will begin
at 8:00pm with remarks by the composer. For tickets call (415) 444-8000 or
visit For information about the artists ,visit website

A Sunday with Mieczyslaw Weinberg: program in Paris

Sunday, January 22nd 2006, 3pm
“A Sunday with Mieczyslaw Weinberg”
Concert programme: Sonate No 4 op.56, Sonatine op.46 for violin and piano, Chants juifs op.13, String Quartett No 8, Notturno
Round table: Weinberg, a musician to discover
With Olia Weinberg, Frans Lemaire (musicologist), Reinhard Flender (editor)
Further Information:
L’Assocation internationale Dimitri Chostakovitch
Le Musée d’art et d’histoire du Judaisme Paris

Diversity and Unity: North African Musical Traditions at CUNY

An upcoming engagement of ASEFA on Feb. 8, 2006 in NYC– “Diversity and
Unity: North African Musical Traditions”
Samuel Thomas with Yoel Ben-Simhon and Dudu Bohbot as Asefa, present a performance/
presentation on the music of the Maghrebi at the CUNY Graduate Center.
Segal Theater, 6:30pm
365 Fifth Ave, NYC
$10 donation at door
This event is co-sponsored
by the Middle East and Middle Eastern American Center, the Center for
Jewish Studies, and the Ph.D Program in Ethnomusicology. See flyer for more details

DEVORAH HASOFER sings at OU in Jerusalem

The Orthodox Union Jerusalem World Center presents:
A Gala Night of Jewish Women’s Music
Featuring international singing star: DEVORAH HASOFER
Australian born musical sensation. Devorah Hasofer’s music speaks to Jewish women of all ages and of all
backgrounds. She touches upon Judaism’s contemporary and classic music with sweet
lyrics that reach the hearts and souls.
This concert is on Sunday, January 29, at the Israel Center,
22 Keren Hayesod, Jerusalem, at 8 p.m.
OU members: 30 shekel
Non members: 35 shekel
Gush Katif evacuees: free

Klezmer for Kids! in Seattle

It’s in Seattle — at Hertzl-Ner Tamid –(2 concerts): Klezmer for Kids!
With the Strauss/Warschauer Duo
Sunday, January 22
11 AM to 12 PM
Admission $5.00 per person

Klezmer for Kids!
A fun and participatory introduction to the world of klezmer music and
Yiddish culture for school audiences of all ages and backgrounds. Students sing,
dance, and ask and answer questions.

And later that same day:

The Strauss/Warschauer Duo in Concert
An interactive experience of klezmer music, Yiddish song and culture.
January 22. 2006
2 to 3:30 PM
$10/adults; $7/kids & seniors

Both concerts will take place at Herzl-Ner Tamid, Mercer Island, 3700 East
Mercer Way.
For more information: 206 232-8555 or email

David Berkeley at Club Passim on Feb. 1

David Berkeley will appear at Club Passim in Cambridge, MA on Feb. 1 at 8pm, Joe’s Pub in New York on Feb. 2 and The Tin Angel in Philadelphia on the 3rd.
Berkeley is an American singer-songwriter, with a voice compared by The New York Times as “lustrous, melancholy voice with shades of Tim Buckley and Nick Drake.” He’s is a Harvard University graduate about whom Hillary Meister wrote in the Atlanta Jewish Times on January 2, 2004, is influenced by synagogue services, and that in particular,” a cantor with a beautiful voice “kept me going to synagogue” while growing up in New Jersey” He has several CDs, including Live from the Fez (2005), After the Wrecking Ships (2004), The Confluence (2002). The Confluence, was reviewed in
Billboard magazine and Rollingstone which called him
a “Sixties-esque troubadour with songs to swoon by and a voice sweeter than
incense and peppermints.” Berkeley reported to Meister a couple of years ago that the music coming out of silent prayer was always the most powerful for him.…

Beyond The Pale to Perform Mozart on CBC

Beyond the Pale, a folk, roots, and klezmer group from Toronto, will try something a little different… They will play MOZART for CBC Radio on, Jan 26 & 27. They’ll be performing in a unique musical event on January 26 at Glenn Gould Studio as part of CBC Radio Two’s “Mozart 250” celebrations. The show A New World of Mozart will feature “an evening of creative musical homage to Mozart” featuring Beyond the Pale, the Dunhuang Chamber Ensemble (traditional Chinese), The Creaking Tree String Quartet (modern bluegrass), and Autorickshaw (South Asian jazz fusion). The show will be recorded and broadcast on CBC Radio Two’s “In Performance, The World,”the following evening January 27 (actually Mozart’s 250th birthday). CBC Radio Two is 94.1 FM in Toronto.

Beyond the Pale consists of musicians Eric Stein (mandolin, cimbalon–Eric is of KlezKanada fame), Bret Higgins (bass), Martin Van de Ven (clarinet), Milos Popovic (accordian), Bogdan Djukic (violin, percussion), and Alexsandar Gajic (violin).…

Mike Boxer CD Erev Chaim

Pianist/singer/songwriter and public school music teacher, Mike Boxer released Erev Chaim as a way to introduce Jewish music to teens not familiar with any. Boxer hopes that it results in some Jewish youth who emerge more enthusiastic about the music of their faith. This “independently marketed concept album
brings the face of cutting-edge mainstream pop to today’s Jewish music.” The track list contains — heimish, liturgical-oriented classics like Shalom Aleichem, Bilvavi, and Acheinu — but a good portion of the music features sounds typically from the forefront of modern pop, rock and R and B. Seven songs are revamped covers; seven are Boxer’s own original material.

Courses in Boston with Yelena Neplok

New England Conservatory, 241 St. Botolph Street, Boston, presents two
ten week courses with Instructor Yelena Neplok. “Eastern European Jewish
Musical Traditions” runs on Wednesdays, February 15-May 3, 2006, from
7:00 -8:30 p.m. and “The Art of Russian Piano Music” runs on Tuesdays,
February 14-April 25, 2006, from 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Registration starts on January 10th.
Financial Aid available/*/ (call 617-585-1125 to apply)
For more information, contact the instructor at 617-566-7969 or email:
Tuition for NEC School of Continuing Education is $325 – for non credit,
and $450 for the credit.

Third Annual Interfaith Symposium of Music in LA

Third Annual Interfaith Symposium of Music – “In the Beginning” –
The Music, Theology, Art History and Astrophysics of Creation

Date: Sunday, 2/12/2006
Start Time: Symposium 2:30 PM
The free evening concert (7:00 p.m.) will feature music of the Creation
story drawn from the many traditions of our time and of times past.
Location: Beverly Hills Presbyterian Church
Address: 505 N. Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Registration and Info: 818.623.1000 or

Announcing the third annual city-wide interfaith symposium exploring
spiritual themes. In cooperation with the Beverly Hills Presbyterian
Church (BHPC), the Los Angeles Catholic Archdiocese and the Jewish Music
Commission of Los Angeles (JMCLA) we will explore the opening chapters
of Genesis in Jewish, Protestant and Catholic thought, liturgy, science,
art history and music.

Lincoln Center Presents “The Passion of Osvaldo Golijov”

January 22-February 22, 2006

A festival dedicated to the evocative, exuberant work of this contemporary Argentine-American composer. Osvaldo Golijov was born in 1960 and grew up in an Eastern European Jewish household in La Plata, Argentina. With a piano teacher mother and physician father, Golijov was raised surrounded by classical music, Jewish liturgical and klezmer music, and the new tango of Astor Piazzolla. After studying piano and composition at the local conservatory he moved in 1983 to Israel, where he studied with Mark Kopytman at the Jerusalem Rubin Academy and immersed himself in the colliding musical traditions of that city. Upon moving to the US in 1986, Golijov earned his Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied with George Crumb. Upon naming him its composer of the year for 2006, Musical America declared “The 45-year old Argentine composer Osvaldo Golijov has emerged as one of the leading figures of contemporary music, with a multicultural style of exuberant dance rhythms and raw emotion that connects instantly to a wide range of audiences.”

In addition to performances of Golijov’s major works, Lincoln Center’s “The Passion of Osvaldo Golijov” features three late-night concerts in the Allen Room, including a performance by David Krakauer’s Klezmer Madness!…

Transcontinental Music has new Music Editor

Transcontinental Music has recently hired two new staff:
Mike Boxer will be Administrative Director of Transcontinental Music. He has a rich background in business, education, and music arranging and producing, and has a special love of Jewish a cappella music. Most recently Mike has been working as a middle school chorus teacher, while also running his own music production company. Mike has a B.A. in Music, a B.S. in Management and Marketing, and an M.A. in Adolescent Education.

Jayson Rodovsky Engquist will be the new Music Editor. Jayson has a long history serving as music director, choir conductor, and organist at various synagogues, including a position at Central Synagogue in New York City, and is active in the GTM (Guild of Temple Musicians) and the American Guild of Organists.…

Metropolitan Klezmer Events

Metropolitan Klemer will be performing at:
Sunday, Jan 22 Hilton NYC (20 mins, free/full octet)
Arts Presenters conference, 1335 Sixth Ave, Trianon Ballroom

Wednesday, Feb 1st – Mo Pitkins, East Village NYC ~!!
34 Avenue A (btw E. 2nd/3rd St’s), 9:30pm $12
Judeo-Latino cuisine, full bar, upstairs stage, 8-piece band
New tunes aplenty… atmosphere galore, all ages 212-777-5660
212-475-4544 for more info.

Alexander Brott: My Lives in Music

By Alexander Brott and Betty Nygaard King

So many Americans are just unaware of the accomplishments and achievements of Canadians. Possibly this is more ignorance than snobbery, but sometimes it seems to be a bit of both, without good reason for either. This snobbery particularly extends, it seems, in music. Our friends in Canada continually prove themselves extremely worthy, and yet notions to the otherwise persist. Fortunately, Canadians are a patient people and their accomplishments continue to shine and speak on their behalf. One such accomplished and distinguished musician is Alexander Brott. If you haven’t heard of him, then perhaps this memoir, published on the occasion of his 90th birthday, and written with the help of Betty Nygaard King, will be an antidote.

The book is an autobiographical memoir about his life as a violinist, conductor, composer, teacher and producer.…

Harvey Sheldon Jewish American Music Video Research Library at UPenn

If you haven’t already noticed, the Unviersity of Pennsylvania has a finding aid for its Harvey Sheldon Jewish American Music Video Research Library. This is “part of the University of Pennsylvania Library’s Judaica collections, which is one of the largest and most distinguished in the world. In particular, the Sheldon collection complements Penn’s reknown Robert and Molly Freedman Jewish Music Archive”. This has VHS and DVD formats which include works by renowned Jewish composers and performances by some of America’s outstanding singers. There is an entire section devoted to Broadway/Hollywood Musicals composed by Jewish Composers and lyricists , or performers and arrangers, ranging from such works as Annie Get Your Gun to Showboat.

Even if you can’t make it to UPenn, your local public library may have many of the same items.…

Adash Women’s Hebrew Choir of Czech

A wonderful sounding women’s choir has contacted me at JMWC announcing their presence…. They sing exclusively Jewish music, and you can hear samples on their website– Here you’ll definitely find something to delight in. Two of their CDs are devoted to Hebrew songs, but they sing liturgical pieces and Yiddish and Russian lanugage songs on their other two CDs which include many solos for folk music as well as choral works : Visit Adash Women’s choir at:

Amid the Jasmine CD Release

The Gerald Edery Ensemble‘s
newest recording, Amid the Jasmine is finished and will be available on the website,, on February 9th, 2006.

The Ensemble will be in the New York/New Jersey area, on Saturday, February
11, 2006. There will be a CD release concert at the Jewish Community Center of
Greater Monmouth County in Deal Park, New Jersey. The event will feature The Gerard
Edery Ensemble performing music from the new release as well as appearances by guest
Cantors. You can expect an evening filled with a multi-cultural spirit conveyed
through an eclectic mix of songs in Ladino, Spanish, Arabic and Hebrew from the
Sephardic and Middle Eastern traditions, as well as original songs by Gerard Edery.

The concert starts at 8:00 p.m.…


Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
February 17th through February 19th President s Day weekend

The weekend-long event features concerts, dance parties, lectures and classes with
the renown Klezmer performing artists.
Schedule of Events:
Friday, February 17th, 6:30pm:
Freylekhe Shabbes Concert & Dance Party featuring a ‘danced’ Kabbalat Shabbat
service followed by a potluck vegetarian dinner (7:00) and a short concert (7:30) by
our featured musicians Adrianne Greenbaum & Margot Leverett. accompanied by ABQ’s
favorite Klezband The Rebbe’s Orkestra, concert segues into dancing lead by our
featured dance artist Steve Weintraub & Nahalat Shalom s Yiddish dance troupe Rikud
($10.00 -suggested donation).

Saturday, February 18th Events:
9:30-10:45am: Yiddish and Eastern European dance class with Steve Weintraub ($18
adults, 17 and under $10).…

Free Klezmer Workshop with Jeff Warschauer!

Free Open House Tuesday, January 10, 2006 from 7-9 PM
Followed by a 6-week session – Tuesdays – January 17, 24, 31,
and February 4, 14, 21
Hands-On Workshop
– Study with an internationally recognized master instructor
– Learn tunes from the diverse klezmer tradition
– Work in ensembles with other instrumentalists
– Develop tools for improvisation
– Guest instructors from the cutting edge of the contemporary klezmer scene
– Open to players of any instrument who play and read music at least an
intermediate level.

The open house and all sessions will take place at the Workmen’s Circle, 45
East 33rd Street (between Park and Madison), Manhattan.
Members $140; per session $25
Non-members $170; per session $30

For more information contact:

Karina Weinstein
Workmen’s Circle
45 E.


Wondering what to do with all that Chanukah gelt in the way of gift certificates or cash?… JMWC can recommend a few musical solutions, one sest for the classical repertoire and one for YIddish.

Paul Ben-Haim, Vol. 2 on Centaur CRC 2766 and Piano Music of Paul Ben-Haim on Centaur CRC 2506
Gila Goldstein, piano, Yehonatan Berick, violin, Inbal Segev, cello and Alexander Fiterstein, clarinet are featured on the 2766 and Gila Goldstein is soloist for 2506. The works are (2766) Music for Piano 1957, op 53, Variations on a Hebrew Melody for Piano, Violin and Cello, Chamsin for Piano solo, Pastorale Variee for Clarinet and Paino, op. 31b and Music for Piano 1967, op. 67. The works for 2506 are: Sonatina, op.


DANCING ON THE EDGE OF A VOLCANO, (which was released a couple of years ago) is currently being sold olnline by Cedille Records at with a sale through mid January. (for $12) Some people who want to add this to their collections for a relatively inexpensive price, may want to know.

Jewish Cabaret, Popular, and Political Songs 1900-1945
CDR 90000 065 (2 CD set)

New Budapest Orpheum Society
Philip V. Bohlman, Artistic Director
Ilya Levinson, Music Director & Arranger
Stewart Figa, baritone — (SF)
Julia Bentley, mezzo-soprano — (JB)
Deborah Bard, soprano — (DB)
Ilya Levinson, piano
Peter Blagoev, violin
Stewart Miller, bass
Hank Tausend, percussion
Elizabeth Ko, flute
Jon Steinhagen, American lyrics
There’s more to traditional Jewish popular music than klezmer clarinet and Broadway-style fiddling on the roof.…

Journey to Jerusalem will make Toronto Debut in 2006

On the occasion of its 10th anniversary, JOURNEY TO JERUSALEM, “the Jewish people’s oratorio”, will make its Toronto debut in April, 2006. Conducted by the Canadian composer, EYAL BITTON. Journey to Jerusalem is an’ epic and majestic oratorio’ by EYAL BITTON recounting the 5000-year journey of the Jewish people. Composed for Jerusalem’s 3000th anniversary, it premiered in 1996 as an Official Jerusalem 3000 Event under the auspices of Israeli Consul General Daniel Gal. It was performed by a 25-piece orchestra and a 175-person choir at Salle Claude-Champagne. The Toronto production with feature CANTOR TIBOR KOVARI …Tenor and
MICHELE TREDGER …Soprano. Eyal Bitton is currently the Choir Director of Toronto’s Beth Tikvah Synagogue Choir, formerly conducted by Srul Irving Glick. For more information about the upcoming production view the website at:

Italian Music Judaica 20-CD on Holocaust music

Musica Judaica is a twenty CDs containing the music written from 1933 (when camps such as Dachau and Börgermoor were opened) to 1945 in all concentration, internment, extermination and POW camps, both of the Axis’ and Allies’ countries. It is the result of a 10-year, huge historical and musicological work by the Italian pianist and conductor Francesco Lotoro.

Musica Judaica represents a “Musical Dictionary” of concentration camp music during WWII. It contains all the music written in Terezin by Gideon Klein (Piano Sonata, Strings Trio, Czech and Russian Folk Songs, etc.), Viktor Ullmann (5th, 6th, 7th Piano Sonatas, the unknown Don Quixote tanzt Fandango, the opera The Emperor of Atlantis, etc.), Pavel Haas (4 Songs on texts from Chinese Poetry, Studio for Strings Orchestra), Rudolf Karel (Pankràc’s Musicbook, Nonet, the opera The 3 Hairs of the Wise Old man), Ervin Schulhoff (Piano score of 8th Symphony) Hans Kràsa (Rimbaud-Songs, the famous children opera Brundibàr), Karel Berman, Zikmund Schul, Jiri Kummermann, Szymon Laks, Frantisek Domazlicky, Ilse Weber, etc.…

Kalan Website carries Judeo Turkish music

For those interested in obtaining music from the Jews of Turkey or the Judeo-Sufi connection, the Kalan music website at carries several recordings of Jewish music interest. Recordings such as Jewish religious music, in the Turkish Jewish traditions, Rabbi Isaac Algazisinging Ottomon Jewish music, or such as or Janet and Jak Esim Antik Bir Huzun Judeo-Espanyol Ezgiler folk music are just a few examples. The JMWC has no experience in purchaing items from this website.

Funny, It Doesn’t Sound Jewish: How Yiddish Songs and Synagogue Melodies Influenced Tin Pan Alley, Broadway, and Hollywood

By Jack Gottlieb

Jack Gottlieb’s mission is to set the record straight. He wishes to clearly demonstrate through musical examples and technical musical means, that in fact, Jewish music from Yiddish song to synagogue melos, influenced American popular culture. This book could be a coffee table book, but it’s more. It could be the written record of years of Gottlieb’s programmatic material, but it’s more than that. Or, it could be the text of a course on Jewish influences on popular song, but it’s not quite that. It can be used as a broad reference work, and also has many elements of that. The book defies a neat categorization in terms of style, format and content, but has elements of each: an extensive, fascinating browse book, a music record with technical references, and a reference book with listings of hundreds of musical composers, lyricists, and songs of Jewish origin.