The Jewish Women of Rebetika

Monday, June 20, 2011
Legendary Greek Jewish Singers of the ’20s. ’30s, & ’40s
Songs and Personal Histories of
Roza Eskenazi, Amalia Baka, Stella Haskil, and Victoria Hazan
Carol Freeman – Vocals
Beth Bahia Cohen – Violin
Haig Manoukian – Oud

LOCATION: The JCC of Manhattan
334 Amsterdam Ave. at 76th St.
New York City
Information: 646-505-5708
Admission $20, $15 members

Within the provocative world of the early twentieth century
urban Greek Cafe Amans and Rebetika Houses, where
flamboyant characters sang about desperate love, life, and
death, and the seedy side of life, there were a surprising
number of celebrated Greek Jewish female vocalists. Included
among them were Roza Eskenazi, one of the most renowned
Greek singers of all time, and Stella Haskil, who performed
with the most famous musicians and composers of the time.
On this side of the Atlantic, Jewish women, notably Amalia
Baka and Victoria Hazan, found center stage in the immigrant
Greek nightclubs and community centers of major urban
centers, as well as within the American ethnic recording

Although remarkably celebrated for their musical
contributions to urban Greek cafe music and Rebetika, their
life stories as Jewish women are not widely known. Using live
performance and excepts from personal and family interviews,
acclaimed vocalist Carol Freeman, together with virtuoso
musicians Haig Manoukian and Beth Bahia Cohen, pay tribute
to these Greek Jewish singers with a fascinating look into the
songs and lives of these extraordinary women.

Information: 646-505-5708
Admission $20, $15 members