Broza At 60

A City Winery retrospective of ‘inspirations’ and ‘creations’ for the protean singer-songwriter.

06/21/2016 - 12:24
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At 60 David Broza is remarkably unchanged from the young singer-songwriter I first met 23 years ago. The sideburns and hair are white and there is less of the latter, but he still smiles easily, laughs heartily and engages warmly. Musically he is as protean as ever, constantly trying out new collaborators, looking for new poems to set to his distinctive music, testing and prodding his audiences and himself.

“It’ll be just me and the guitar,” Broza says of City Winery show. Courtesy of David Broza

A Harbin-ger Of Things To Come

A Jewish-Russian-Chinese musical cross-pollination marking a little-known 19th-century diaspora melting pot.

05/17/2016 - 12:39
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Harbin might be the last place on earth you’d expect to have a Jewish history. The capital and largest city of Heilongjiang, China’s northernmost province, its name means “place for drying fishnets,” not a notably Jewish enterprise. But at the end of the 19th century, this Manchurian fishing village became a railroad boomtown when the Russian government secured a land concession under which it would build the Chinese Eastern Railway as an extension of the Trans-Siberian system.

Yale Strom, right, teams with the East River Ensemble. MARIO TAMA

Nostalgia For A Hipper New York

With a black and Jewish heritage and a classical musical pedigree, cellist-singer Marika Hughes mixes it all together.

03/08/2016 - 15:58
Culture Editor

City breezes and nightlights infuse a lot of Marika Hughes’ songs, and so does love and its longings. Born of classical musical royalty, she’s an urban poet who writes music and lyrics, plays the cello, sings and fronts a band. Her latest CD, “New York Nostalgia,” is a love song to this city.

Of her new record, Marika Hughes says, “I hear the blues, the art rock of the ’90s, the spirit of jazz. Nisha Sondhe

Matisyahu: Leaving Orthodoxy ‘One Of The Hardest Things’

10/14/2015 - 20:00

With his clean-shaven face and hip clothing, it’s easy to forget that Matisyahu was a Hasidic icon before he was just a Jewish one.

Matisyahu performing in Moscow, Dec. 7, 2014. JTA

License To Shill

A Jewish singer-songwriter finds success with catchy commercials.

09/17/2015 - 20:00

You may have never heard of singer-songwriter Cathy Heller, but chances are you’ve heard her music.

Heller has penned songs for American Airlines, Hasbro and the Disney Channel. Elisabeth Caren

Giving Voice To Cantorate’s ‘Golden Age’

09/08/2015 - 20:00
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He’s like a Mississippi bluesman trying to keep alive the authentic Delta sound for a new generation.

"It's my quixotic quest to keep his music alive," says Cantor Jack Mendelson.

Meet The Jewish Singer Whose Music You Already Know From McDonald’s, MTV Ads

09/03/2015 - 20:00

You may have never heard of singer-songwriter Cathy Heller, but chances are you’ve heard her music.

Cathy Heller

The Bluesman With The Yarmulke

‘Blind Boy’ Paxton may be the only blues singer who dons a skullcap and cooks ‘kosher soul food.’ Oh, and he can play, too.

08/10/2015 - 20:00
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‘Blind Boy” Jerron Paxton is taking a call inside his Ridgewood, Queens, kitchen to answer a few questions. He talks while making rugelach, from scratch. “I make everything from scratch,” he says.

Old soul: Jerron Paxton is a rising blues star who honors his Jewish roots. Bill Steber

Michele Lee remembers the great composer Cy Coleman.

06/09/2015 - 20:00
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“I remember him with a kind of combination laugh and giggle,” actress Michele Lee mused recently, thinking of the Jewish composer Cy Coleman. “He was always smiling.” Her tribute to a beloved mentor, “Nobody Does It Like Me: The Music of Cy Coleman,” runs this Thursday through Saturday at 54 Below ($45-$95; [646] 476-3551). On the program are some of Coleman’s best-known hits, including “Big Spender,” “Witchcraft,” “I’ve Got Your Number,” and “The Best is Yet to Come.”

Michele Lee sings the “unexpected” songs of Cy Coleman at 54 Below. Courtesy of Michele Lee

An Exit Ramp Off Weill’s Epic ‘Road’

Goal of slimmed-down version of ‘The Eternal Road’ is to ‘get it back into the repertoire.’

04/27/2015 - 20:00
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Even in a city addicted to eye-popping spectacles, Kurt Weill’s “The Eternal Road,” which opened in New York in 1937, was the most extravagant musical production that anyone had ever seen. Intended as a wake-up call to Americans about the worsening plight of the Jews of Germany, the show centers on a rabbi who employs stories from the Hebrew Bible to teach a Jewish boy about his heritage, even as demonic forces gather around the synagogue where the lessons are taking place — forces that the boy may be able to defeat once his education is complete. A new, slimmed-down, concert staging, using one of the work’s original titles, “The Road of Promise,” comes to Carnegie Hall next week with Broadway veteran Ron Rifkin in the cast, along with eight operatic soloists.

Veteran actor Ron Rifkin stars as character who doubts his religion in “The Road of Promise.” Courtesy of ABC Television
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