Music

JxJ takes a careful step outdoors

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Annual arts fest aims to bring audiences just close enough together “Tango Shalom” is “Rocky” meets “Footloose,” says director Gabriel Bologna. It’s the story of...

The color of music with Dan Binstock

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Name a tune and Dan Binstock can probably play it on his piano from memory. Binstock estimates he knows the melodies of maybe 10,000...

Folk guitarist Nathan Salsburg makes experimental soundscapes from old Jewish phonograph records

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By Daniel Bromfield Folk musician and record archivist Nathan Salsburg lives on a 40-acre former tree farm in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, with fellow...

Flory Jagoda, champion of Sephardic music, dies at 97

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Flory Jagoda at the Richmond Folk Festival in 2012. (Screenshot from YouTube) Updated: Feb. 3, 10 a.m. Flory Jagoda, a Ladino and Sephardic music icon, Holocaust...

These 10 Debbie Friedman songs are what we need right now

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By Maddy Albert It’s hard to believe, but it's been 10 years since the passing of Jewish musical icon Debbie Friedman, who died of pneumonia...

Making musical connections with Vladimir Fridman

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Aside from a three-year stint as a civil engineer in Moscow, Vladimir Fridman crows that he’s never worked a day in his life. “After three...
Smithsonian Jazz Masters Orchestra ( SJMO) performs at the National Museum of American History in 2018.

‘Bernstein Reimagined’ pays homage to the music of a Jewish icon

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By David Rullo Marty Ashby remembered the reaction from the crowd after a 2018 performance of “On the Waterfront” at the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild on...

For her new record, D.C.-born Shira Kobren looked for what was missing from Jewish...

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In her years as chief music maker at New York’s Central Synagogue, Shira Kobren began to notice that while there is a multitude of...

Yiddish psychedelic rock band Forshpil brings electric guitar to the shtetl

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By Joe Baur WEIMAR, Germany — What if the Yiddish-speaking poets and songwriters had electric guitars and amps in the shtetl? That’s the question Sasha Lurje...
Honey County

Country singer Dani Rose returns to her roots in NoVa

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Danielle Rosner was met with boos as she walked on stage. The year: 2009. The place: Amateur Night at the Apollo Theater in Harlem....