How an Afro-Jewish band rocked Nazi-occupied Denmark

How an Afro-Jewish band rocked Nazi-occupied Denmark

Anne Dvinge, University of Copenhagen

It seems an impossibility: in Nazi-occupied Denmark in the 1940s, one of the hottest jazz orchestras around was the interracial Harlem Kiddies, with two white and three black band members – and a Jewish singer in front. The story of how the band came to be so popular is one that uncovers the great role that jazz and race played in the occupied territories during the Second World War.

Several factors contributed to the social and political atmosphere that enabled their success. In the occupied territories in the Second World War, Denmark was known as the Sahnefront – the cream front – due to the co-operative government and the relative leniency of the occupying forces.…

End of an Era: Forward on the Last KlezKamp

The Forward ran a short story on the upcoming “last Klezkamp”.
. It’s the end of an era, to say the least. Adrienne Cooper z”l and Henry Saposnik were leaders in recognizing you have to teach the next generation to keep things going. Music is such an important identity marker for Jewish young people. It would be great if more of the Jewish community institutions recognized that as well and put more music into practice!

Billy Jonas and Naomi Less

This from Newle:
“There’s acid rock, blues rock, glam rock, punk rock, and about 100 more variations of good ol’ rock and roll. But readers, there is also Jewish Rock!

And two of the top stars of this genre, Billy Jonas and Naomi Less (whose website has a rock star worthy url), are putting on a concert just for you.

Jewish Rock Radio is streaming a series of six online interactive concerts, and each concert benefits a great Jewish organization. We’re grateful that two of the concerts will directly benefit Keshet’s work for a fully inclusive Jewish community. You can catch Billy Jonas on January 30th and Naomi Less on February 6th, both at 8:30 EST. Pay what you can and listen to a great 30 minute concert.”

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Perlman/Helfgot CD in panel at CJH

The Center for Jewish History and the American Society of Jewish Music, along with Sony Masterwords, sponsored a panel discussion about the new CD, “Eternal Echoes: Songs and Dances for the Soul.” between two world-renowned musicians, violinist Yitzchak Perlman and Cantor Meir Helfgot. Hankus Netsky, spoke of his role as arranger and producer The Forward carried a story about the event:

Tango and more

From Buenos Aires to the Promised Land in Washington Jewish Week

Lebanese Dancer Tells World She Wants Peace

An article appeared in the Jerusalem Post about a Lebanese Dancer who dared to express her wishes for PEACE on stage at a heavy metal concert. She performed on the same stage with Israelis, and held aloft the two flags, in a gesture of a wish for peace. Maybe if the men politicians, power people and haters of the old generation had the bravery of this girl, there would be peace…Orphaned Land – Norra el Norra – HELLFEST 2011

Judicial Review of “Divine Sparks”

In a very interesting way, The Boston Jewish Music Festival is continuing to build education about Jewish music. They’ve collaborated with The Arts Fuse: The Culture of New England, a discussion forum. This is their sixth session, “this time a discussion of the concert “Divine Sparks,” a provocative attempt to explore how Jewish cantorial music and other kinds of religious song can spark musical improvisation and spiritual experiences.” Written by Steve Elman, the reviews are opinions of six knowledgable people who attended the event in March.

Hadassah Magazine Features Klezmer

Veretzki PassA terrific picture by Jean Fruth of Cookie Segelstein, klezmer violinist, graces the front cover of Hadassah Magazine this month with a feature article on traditional klezmer music, written by George Robinson. There are lots of photos including Cookie, Josh Horowitz, Stu Brotman, Andy Statman, Alicia Svigals, Pete Rushefsky, Joel Rubin, Michael Winograd, Yale Strom, and others. George does a good job of explaining the branch of klezmer that focuses on traditional folk and how it differs from other groups. Cookie, Josh and Stu have a group called Veretzki Pass, which is an amazing group, especially to hear in person. It might be noted, as his article touches on the topic of sources, that we owe a debt of gratitude to klezmer musicians such as Josh Horowitz and Bob Cohen for years and years of dedicated research in Europe on recovering as much authentic music as possible.…

Job Opening in New Orleans

Tulane University through Library Associates Companies (LAC) seeks a creative, dynamic Head of Music & Media Librarian to work within the Public Services Division at an academic library located in New Orleans, LA. Reporting to the Director of Public Services, the Head of the Music and Media Librarian will play a key role in the Library’s efforts to rebuild its world-class music collections, which were heavily damaged by Hurricane Katrina. He or she will participate in committee service within the library and through professional activity help to advocate for the interests of librarians at Tulane and throughout the profession. The librarian may share reference duties with other librarians at a central Reference and Information Desk including some evening and weekend duty; and participate in the library’s instruction program.…

Gala Concert kicked off NY’s Celebration of Israel at 60

“On March 30th, the Zamir Choral kicked off New York City’s celebration of the 60th
Anniversary of the founding of Israel to a sold-out Carnegie Hall.
The star-studded concert featured the Zamir Chorale and Friends, including the
Theodore Bikel, Debbie Friedman, Cantors Alberto Mizrahi, Jack Mendelson and Lorna
, and a special guest appearance by HaZamir: The International Jewish High
School Choir, all under the direction of Matthew Lazar, Founder and Director of
the Zamir Choral Foundation.

The concert traced the history of Israel through music, with musical selections
that ranged from Hebrew chant through favorites from the beginnings of the state
to contemporary peieces, including the world premiere of Israeli composer Yehezkel
‘s Bayom HaHu, specially commissioned for this concert.