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Sunday, March 18 • 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Klezmer: Jewish Jazz?

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Is Klezmer really "Jewish Jazz"? In this session, we will examine and discuss the differences, and surprising similarities, between the Jewish American ("klezmer') and Black American ("jazz") dance band traditions. Where do they intersect, if at all? How were Jews at the forefront of the "birth of Jazz," and why can Jews be found at the highest levels of this great American sound even today?  And how did Jewish culture affect Black American musicians?  We will also listen to classic recordings for colorful examples of those cross-cultural connections, and Ben Schenck will give practical demonstrations. Ben has made a serious study of clarinet-playing masters of each form, even performing both approaches in the course of his Panorama Jazz Band's regular sets. Come with open ears and possibly see your own rich musical legacy in a new light.

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Mark Rubin

Oklahoma-born, Texas-reared, and now living in New Orleans, multi-instrumentalist Mark Rubin is an unabashed Southern Jew, known equally for his muscular musicianship and larger-than-life persona. Over an accomplished 30+ year career, he has accompanied or produced a virtual who’s-who... Read More →
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Ben Schenck

Ben Schenck is the clarinetist and bandleader with the Panorama Jazz Band and Brass Band and has been privileged to serve New Orleans' Jewish community with music for weddings, bnai mitzvot, festivals, and holidays since 1995.  Originally from Annapolis, Maryland, Ben received his... Read More →


Sunday March 18, 2018 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Mintz Auditorium, JCC