music

African-American Opera Singer Revives The Songs Of The Shtetl

08/03/2015
RNS

Berkley, Calif. - Three years ago, when Anthony Mordechai Tzvi Russell took the stage at a Jewish vaudeville celebration and said he was going to sing in Yiddish, people laughed.

Anthony Mordechai Tzvi Russell. RNS

Hip Hop’s 'It Boy': An Interview with Jake Miller

"Rumor" has it that this talented MOT is making it big.

07/09/2015
Editorial Interns

Screams pierced the quiet concentration of The Jewish Week offices in Times Square on Thursday afternoon. The reason for the disturbance? Five floors down, across the street at the Best Buy Theater on West 44th Street, 22-year-old singer/songwriter and rapper Jake Miller had just stepped out of his “Dazed and Confused” tour bus, pausing for a quick Snapchat before heading backstage to prepare for his concert.

Jake Miller performs onstage during 93.3 FLZ'’s Jingle Ball in 2014. Alexander Tamargo/Stringer/Getty Images

Rebels Within The Fold

The unlikely journey of the frummy alt-rock duo Bulletproof Stockings destined for first stop on the Upper West Side.

03/11/2015
Staff Writer

‘Break the mold / from the crown you make it gold,” the all-women alt-rock duo from Crown Heights sings in its new single, “Mind Clear.”

Good girls, bad girls: Perl Wolf and Dalia Shusterman.  Hannah Dreyfus/JW

Chasidic Female Rock Band Kickstart First Album

From obscurity to sold-out shows, Bulletproof Stockings knock one more item off their bucket list.

03/09/2015
Staff Writer

“Break the mold / from the crown you make it gold,” the all-women’s alt-rock band from Crown Heights sings in their new single, “Mind Clear.”

Perl Wolfe and Dalia Schusterman rock out as the leading members of Bulletproof Stockings. Courtesy of Hannah Dreyfus

A Violin That’s A Survivor

11/26/2014
Staff Writer

On the first day of WQXR Radio’s musical instrument drive in March to benefit the city’s public school children, a staff member took a microphone to the drop-off site at Lincoln Center to interview donors.

Joseph Feingold and his violin, which has “some story.” Courtesy of WQXR

The Little Miracle That Connected Me To HaShem

Hashem works in interesting ways. In the middle 1990s, I had a really good psychotherapist who went for another job and I was broken up about it. Mom had her own health issues and it also bothered her that I lost a therapist we really trusted. I was depressed and Mom wanted to cheer me up.

It was Chanukah time and she was out shopping at the Roosevelt Mall in Northeast Philadelphia and there was a Radio Shack that was having a grand opening sale. They were selling radios and Walkmans and knowing my love for music, she thought, “This will cheer Phyllis up.”

Phyllis Lit

Jeremiah Lockwood’s ‘Blueish’ Education

10/22/2014
Special To The Jewish Week

For the time being, New York native guitar wizard Jeremiah Lockwood is a resident of Palo Alto, Calif. Make that “reluctant resident.”

Elijah Staley (aka Carolina Slim), left, mentored the young Jeremiah Lockwood (right) in the art of the Piedmont blues.

Starting Late, But Not Too Late

In a memoir about music and taking risks, Ari Goldman takes up the cello (again) — at a certain age.

Culture Editor
07/16/2014

As he was approaching his 60th birthday, the author and journalism professor Ari Goldman took up the cello, an instrument he had played on and off — mostly off, of late — for the last 35 years. He decided to adopt a regimen of regular practice, lessons and playing with a group, and set a personal goal — playing publicly for many friends at his 60th birthday party.

A devotee of classical music, Ari Goldman finds his voice by returning to playing the cello. Kali Kotoski

The Music Of Spanish Exile

In her N.Y. debut, a Catalan singer and lutenist moves from Sephardic songs to John Donne.

07/15/2014
Special To The Jewish Week

Clara Sanabras knows something about exile. The thirty-something Catalan singer was born in France, raised in Barcelona and for the past 20 years has lived in London. Her family history is so complicated that even she finds it a bit amusing. Her career path has had enough unlikely turns for an entire music festival.

The cover of Sanabras’ new CD, translated as “Scattered Flight.” Hill & Aubrey

Punk Rock Pioneer 'Tommy Ramone' Passes Away At Age 65

The drummer known as Tommy Ramone passed away on Friday due to bile duct cancer. Though he was only 65, he was the last living original member of the Ramones, and instrumental in the creation of punk rock as a musical genre.

Tommy was born Erdélyi Tamás in Budapest to two Holocaust survivors; the couple had hidden with neighbors for the duration of the war. The Erdélyi family immigrated to the United States when Tamás was four.

Tommy Ramone. Wikipedia
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