Saxophonist

A Riff On Coexistence

05/06/2005
Managing Editor

Arnie Lawrence, a veteran alto saxophonist and influential jazz educator who moved to Israel in 1997 to found a jazz center teaching Jewish and Arab musicians, died April 22 in Jerusalem from lung and liver cancer. He was 66. This article first appeared in The Jewish Week in January 2001, when Lawrence was in New York to be honored by The New School's jazz program, which he helped found.

A Riff On Coexistence

05/06/2005
Managing Editor

Arnie Lawrence, a veteran alto saxophonist and influential jazz educator who moved to Israel in 1997 to found a jazz center teaching Jewish and Arab musicians, died April 22 in Jerusalem from lung and liver cancer. He was 66. This article first appeared in The Jewish Week in January 2001, when Lawrence was in New York to be honored by The New School's jazz program, which he helped found.

Hurling Curses Amid The Whitefish

Old-timers, new members battling it out for the future of East Village shul.

02/11/2010
Staff Writer

There is nothing remotely community minded about the war that is gripping the Sixth Street Community Synagogue.

Tensions at the East Village Orthodox shul, which have been building between old-timers and newly recruited younger members for six months, erupted last Sunday morning at a meeting to elect new board members.

The two sides hurled curses at one another in the shul basement, where a spread of whitefish salad and bagels had been laid out. At one point, someone suggested that the police be called in to restore calm.

A tense meeting Sunday at the Sixth Street Community Synagogue revealed sharp divisions at the shul.

Howie Leess, 82; Versatile Saxophonist

09/19/2003
Staff Writer
  Among klezmer and chasidic music circles, reedman Howie Leess was known as "the mountain goat."    The saxophone player "created harmony lines that were so apropos and actually adventurous, he climbed the tune like a mountain goat," said the pianist Pete Sokolow, who first met Leess in the 1960s when they played together in Jewish ensembles like Sy Kushner's Mark III and the Epstein Brothers Orchestra.     "He had ears like nobody's business," Sokolow recalled this week.
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