Monthly Archives: January 2007

Jews and Blues at JCC in Newton, MA

Jews and Blues at JCC
Saturday, January 27, 8:00 pm, and Sunday,
January 28, 2:00 pm: “Jews and Blues,”
Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center,
You might feel the JCC shake, rattle, ‘n’ roll when Artistic
Director Joshua Jacobson and Zamir, in
collaboration with Nathaniel Stringfield and
his band, HouseK’wake, team up this
weekend. The program includes individual sets by
each group and a not-to-be-missed joint set
showcasing Jewish and African-American music—
swing, jazz, folk, gospel, reggae, and blues. For more
information, go to LSJCC
or call the JCC Box Office at

Cantors Sing Broadway for Benefit

From “West Side Story” to “Wicked,” the music of the Broadway theatre
will be highlighted at the “Cantors’ Cabaret” concert at 7p.m.,
Thursday, February 15, 2007 at Congregation Rodeph Sholom, 7 W 83rd Street off
Central Park West.

Joining Rodeph Sholom’s Cantor Rebecca Garfein and Cantorial
Intern, Jennifer Strauss-Klein are New York Metro Area Cantors, Claire Franco,
Daniel Singer, Howard Stahl and pianist, Jonathan Faiman. The concert, a
light-hearted tribute to the Broadway theatre will benefit the School of Sacred
Music Scholarship Fund at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and
Project Kehila, Rodeph Sholom’s response to the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.
To date, Project Kehila has contributed tens of thousands of dollars to the hard-hit
Gulf community.

General admission tickets to the “Cantors’ Cabaret” are $25 in advance/$36 at the
door; Senior citizen tickets (age 65 and above) are $18.…

Alicia Svigals’ Party Band at Celebrate Showcase

Alicia Svigals

Free! Come dance the hora with dance leader Steve Weintraub and
Alicia’s klezmer party band!
Sunday, January 28, 12 to 5 p.m.

Big hora at 2 p.m! Come dance with us, and check out the band for
your wedding or bat/bar mitzvah. Before and after the big hora,
we’ll be playing for and teaching klezmer and Israeli folkdancing in
a more intimate setting. Its free, and its part of the Celebrate!
Party Showcase featuring hundreds of party vendors.

Celebrate! Party Showcase
Teaneck Marriott at Glenpointe
100 Frank W Burr Boulevard
Teaneck, New Jersey 07666 USA
Phone: 1-201-836-0600
For showcase information and directions:
or call Flora at 1-203-322-2840

Read about Alicia Svigals at

Visit the JCC website for more info:

Whirling Dervish with Yuval Ron Ensemble

“deeply moving pan-Middle Eastern music”–
The Yuval Ron Ensemble unites the sacred musical traditions of Judaism,
Sufism (Islamic mystical tradition) and the Christian Armenian Church
into an unusual musical celebration. Bringing together artists from
Arabic, Jewish and Christian ancestry the Yuval Ron Ensemble is
dedicated to fostering an understanding of Middle Eastern cultures and

What: An evening of Suft Music and Whirling and Sufi poetry of Rumi,
Yunus and Hafiz

Who: Whirling Dervish of the Melevi Order- Aziz, with The Yuval Ron
Ensemble, featuring Najwa Gibran, vocal soloist

Where: Church in Ocean Park, 235 Hill Street, Santa Monica, CA 90405.
Free street parking on 4th street and streets east of 4th street or pay
parking lots on Main Street or 1/4 block east of Main Street

When: Sunday, February 18, 2007 at 7:00pm

Money: Advanced tickets: $15, at the door: $20.…

Frank London’s “A Night In The Old Marketplace”

CD Release Celebration for Frank London’s “A Night In The Old Marketplace”

Ron Caswell, tuba. bass
Brandon Seabrook guitar, banjo, mandolin
Art Bailey keyboards, accordion
Aaron Alexander, drums

And vocalists… La Tanya Hall, Manu Narayan (star of Broadway’s Bombay
Dreams), Craig Wedren (from Shudder to Think), The Klezmatic’s Lorin Sklamberg and many others featured on the recording.

CD Release Celebration:
Monday, March 26th
Barrow Street Theatre
27 Barrow St.
NY 10014
(corner of 7th Ave. South)
Admission: $20
Telecharge Website < by phone inside the NY metro area at (212) 239-6200 and outside the NY metro area at 1 (800) 432-7250.

A Night In The Old Marketplace In Stores –April 3, 2007


February 4th, 6th and 8th 2007!
Israel Edelson (piano): winner of the BBC Lupert International Young Conductors’ competition
Devora Tyroler (accordion): Conductress of the “AccordiRon Orchestra” in Jerusalem
Batsheva Segal (violin): 4 time winner of the Keren Varon music competition

“Shulamit Rhythms” hails from Jerusalem, Israel. With a soul stirring repertoire of traditional Jewish songs, klezmer and hassidic inspired tunes, as well as classical pieces, the group aims to transport its listeners to a higher emotional plane.
Performance info:
Sunday, February 4th at 6pm @ the Manhattan Beach Jewish Center, 60 West End Ave, Brooklyn 718-891-8700

Benefit concert to raise funds for the Ron Shulamit Music Conservatory in Israel:
Tuesday, February 6th at 7:45pm @ 489 Marlborough Rd Brooklyn 718 469-5990

One of the performing groups is “Shulamit Rythms”.…

Denise Williams CD Release ‘Walk Together Children’

Soprano Denise Williams is launching
her imaginative Black-and-Jewish CD, Walk Together Children,
Sunday, February 11, 2007
3 p.m.
in the Al Green Theatre,
Miles Nadal JCC
750 Spadina Ave. (at Bloor)

Admission is $20. For tickets and information, call 416-924-6211, ext.0,
or visit
Copies of the CD will be
available for sale, with Denise available to sign them following the

Denise will perform a wide range of music. The program ranges from folk
songs in English, Creole, African languages, Yiddish, Hebrew and Ladino
to spirituals and classical. Joining her are some of the artists
featured on the recording – Brahm Goldhamer, piano; Nina Shapilsky,
keyboards; Sam Donkoh, percussion; and Tonian Morgan, guitar. The
Antiguan-Canadian choir Voices of Paradise, led by Eulalie
, will also appear, along with members of the Toronto
Jewish Folk Choir.…

Alicia Svigals’ Party Band at Celebrate Showcase

Free! Come dance the hora with dance leader Steve Weintraub and
Alicia’s klezmer party band!
Sunday, January 28, 12 to 5 p.m.

Big hora at 2 p.m! Come dance with us, and check out the band for
your wedding or bat/bar mitzvah. Before and after the big hora,
we’ll be playing for and teaching klezmer and Israeli folkdancing in
a more intimate setting. Its free, and its part of the Celebrate!
Party Showcase featuring hundreds of party vendors.

Celebrate! Party Showcase
Teaneck Marriott at Glenpointe
100 Frank W Burr Boulevard
Teaneck, New Jersey 07666 USA
Phone: 1-201-836-0600
For showcase information and directions:
or call Flora at 1-203-322-2840
Read about Alicia at
Visit the JCC website for more info:

Midnight Prayer Answered

The new CD, “Midnight
Prayer” by the Joel Rubin Ensemble has been released. Clarinetist Joel Rubin
has long been considered to be one of the leading
performers of Jewish instrumental klezmer music in the
world today, earning accolades from sources as diverse
as klezmer giants Dave Tarras and Max Epstein,
international clarinet soloist Richard Stoltzman,
avant garde composer John Zorn, and Nobel Prize
Laureate and poet Roald Hoffmann. The ensemble also
features Hungarian cimbalom virtuoso Kálmán Balogh,
Italian accordion wizard Claudio Jacomucci and rising
klezmer star violinist David Chernyavsky, as well as
Ferenc Kovács (trumpet), Csaba Novák (bass), Sándor
(second violin) and Pete Rushefsky (tsimbl).

To order:

For more information:


Fresh on the heels of their first Grammy nomination for their innovative
collaboration with the Woody Guthrie archives, The Klezmatics will perform
two shows at Manhattan S.O.B. on January 21st.

The Klezmatics with special guests Susan McKeown and Boo Reiners
Double bill with Hugh Masekela
Showcasing songs from Wonder Wheel, Woody Guthrie Happy
Joyous Hanukkah
, and the Klezmatics 20-year career.

Sunday, January 21st
1st show- Doors: 6:30pm Hugh Masekela: 7:15pm – The Klezmatics: 8:15pm
2nd show- Doors: 9:30pm The Klezmatics: 10pm – Hugh Masekela: 11pm
Where: S.O.B. 200 Varick Street, NYC
Info and tickets:

Free Synagogue of Flushing features Joel Chernet Quartet

The Free Synagogue of Flushing invites you to share an afternoon of music with:
**The Joel Chernet Klezmer Quartet**
**Pete Sokolow**
Sunday January 21, 2007 at 2:00 p.m.
The Free Synagogue of Flushing
41-60 Kissena Boulevard
Flushing (Queens), New York 11355
Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at the door
Children 12 and under: $10
Discounts available for groups of 10 or more
Call 718-961-0030 for more information and ticket purchase
Free onsite parking
3 blocks away from the #7 Flushing Line subway
Handicapped accessible

Next Generation in Philly

Klezmer: The Next Generation
at Society Hill Synogogue
Saturday, January 27th 8:00 p.m.
$10, by phone (215) 922-6590 or at the door

Society Hill Synagogue’s own Dan Blacksberg brings his trombone and
friends Michael Winograd, clarinet, and Carmen Staaf, accordion, for an
evening of klezmer music at Society Hill Synagogue, 418 Spruce St,
Philadelphia, Saturday January 27th at 8:00 PM. Second to none among the
new generation of klezmer players, Dan, Michael and Carmen offer traditional
and original music drawn from the heritage of Eastern European Jewry. A
magical combination of years of experience (already) on the world’s klezmer
stage, the sanctuary’s excellent acoustics and superb musicianship will
bring us to our feet, joined in spirit by those who once called the
Synagogue’s building “Die Groyse Rumeyneshe Shul.…

Marty Ehrlich Trio in Tel Aviv

The Marty Ehrlich Trio will play at the Performing Arts Center in Tel Aviv on January 19 at 10 p.m.
Ehrlich, an American wind player is known for his eclectic jazz style. Israeli saxophonist Albert Beger will also appear as a guest of the Trio. Ehrlich’s music is influenced not only by jazz, but by traditional Jewish music he heard as a kid in the US as well as American folk, pop, rock.

Veretski Pass in Connecticut

Branford Folk Music Society
Veretski Pass Jan. 20, 2007

Playing in an unbound, energetic “village style”, the trio Veretski Pass
presents a concert of historical klezmer music of Eastern Europe; pre WWII
melodies from Ukraine, Carpathian-Ruthenia, Bessarabia and Rumania played
violin, accordion tsimbl, basy and baraban. With unique arrangements and
compositions, this group of veterans carries on the ancient tradition of
musicians, playing music of all kinds, but with a recognizably Jewish

Branford Folk Coffeehouse
First Congregational Church of Branford
1009 Main Street, Branford, CT
Admission: $15 nonmembers, $13 members, $3 children

NPR and Nextbook stories on new CD “Jewface”

Some of the most offensive music ever recorded, put together by Jody Rosen…a look at the early vaudeville and minstrel music about Jews in America a hundred years ago…

NPR’s radio program hosted by Terry Gross, “Fresh Air” had a story on January 2, 2007 on the new CD “Jewface”, which journalist Jody Rosen put together. “It’s the first anthology of Jewish minstrel songs. Tracks include “Cohen Owes Me 97 Dollars,” “I’m a Yiddish Cowboy” and other long-lost hits from the vaudeville stage of the early 20th century. Rosen is the music critic for and also writes for The Nation.”
Rosen is the author of the book White Christmas: The Story of an American Song which was reviewed on JMWC Rosen also has an interview on Nextbook.…

Two New Discographies of Jewish Music

Julian Futter wrote: Dr Rainer Lotz, who was behind the 11 CD set
“Vorbei” – Beyond recall, the survey of Jewish recordings in the Nazi
era, has just released a discography of Jewish recordings in German
speaking countries. “Discographie der Judaica-Aufnahmen”.
This book covers 78rpm recordings made from 1901 up to 1960. It is
complimentary to Spottswood since Spottwood only covers recordings made
in the USA. It is nearly 600 pages long and covers more than 400
performers. Covering all aspects of Jewish life, culture, religion and anti-semitism
it therefore also includes entries for Thomas Mann, Ze’ev Jabotinsky and
many of the leaders and functionaries of the 3rd Reich. Among other
performers there are full details for S Kwartin, J. Rosenblatt, Julius Guttmann and many others.…

A Tickle in the Heart at MFA

A Tickle in the Heart
Thursday, January 11, 6:30 pm
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Part of the Series, “Swiss Films with Rhythm”
Tickets: $9 general admission; $8 for memberes of The Boston Jewish Film
Festival, the MFA, students, and seniors
On Sale at MFA Box Office Only (Please call the Box Office at 617 369 3306
for advance ticket orders.)

A Tickle in the Heart
Director: Stefan Schwietert
Country: Germany, Switzerland, released 1996
Duration: 90 min., Video
Language: English, Yiddish
w/subtitles Film image
The Epstein Brothers were the kings of klezmer, the traditional music of
Eastern European Jewry, for more than 60 years. Beginning in the 1930s,
they played their joyous, sentimental blend of tangos, horas, Russian folk
dances and Gypsy drinking songs throughout New York.…

Klezmer Workshop with Jeff Warschauer in NY

Free Open House this coming Tuesday, January 9, from 7-9 PM
Followed by a 6-week session – Tuesdays – January 16, 23, 30
and February 6, 13 and 20
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.
$150 for all 6 sessions
Members: $25 per session
Non-members $30 per session
For more information contact:
Lisa Stein
New York Regional Director
Workmen’s Circle
45 E.…

Flashes In The Darkness CD Released

In honor of her newly released CD, Flashes In The Darkness,
Talia Applebaum will be performing in Har Nof in the home of Karen Pichel.
Address: 2/12 Chai Taibe, Entrance Bet
Date: Motzei Shabbat, January 13th
Time: 8:00 PM
Entrance fee: 20 NIS
Cost of CD: 50 NIS
Talia’s music encompasses a variety of genres including:
Melodic piano ballads, folk, jazz, blues, rag time, mild rock and
All carrying messages based on Torah themes or verses.
All resulting from a personal spiritual journey that can be shared by all.
Please join us for this “Inspiring Musical Odyssey”

Quote from Tambourine, Jewish Woman’s Arts Newsletter,
“Talia’s unique sound reveals deep spiritual dimensions within her voice.
Potent and playful,
Talia’s voice emerges from the depths of the soul with a rawness and
honesty that is simply refreshing”

Center for Jewish History opens NEW joint catalog in 2007

The Center for Jewish History officially declared opening of a new joint catalog (for all 5 partners) through the Center’s official website This new catalog currently has records for the holdings of the library and archival collections of the Partners, which include YIVO, Yeshiva University Museum, Leo Baeck Institute, American Sephardi Federation, and the American Jewish Historical Society.
Here is a link to the new catalog: