Harold Heft


For Jana Herzen, Jazzy Creativity Is in Jewish Bloodline

By Harold Heft

For Jana Herzen, Jazzy Creativity Is in Jewish Bloodline
Jana Herzen’s parents founded the Herzenberg Lab at Stanford and won the Kyoto Prize. The musician and jazz label impresario seems to have inherited their ingenuity.Read More


Keep Your Eye on Nikki Yanofsky in 2014

By Harold Heft

Keep Your Eye on Nikki Yanofsky in 2014
At age 12, she performed before a crowd of 125,000. At 14, she caught the attention of Quincy Jones. Now 19, she has a new album. Harold Heft tries to catch up to Nikki Yanofsky.Read More


Honoring the Memory of Warren Zevon, Rock's Raucous 'Werewolf' of Fresno

By Harold Heft

Honoring the Memory of Warren Zevon, Rock's Raucous 'Werewolf' of Fresno
A decade after the death of Warren Zevon, his famous pals look back at the son of a Jewish mobster who became one of rock’s most raucous cult heroes.Read More


The Top 10 Songs of Warren Zevon

By Harold Heft

The Top 10 Songs of Warren Zevon
From songs of youthful rebellion to introspective masterpieces, Warren Zevon’s music continued to evolve until his untimely death. Here are the ten essential cuts.Read More


The Second Coming of Jewish Baseball Star Jason Marquis

By Harold Heft

The Second Coming of Jewish Baseball Star Jason Marquis
Pitcher Jason Marquis is having a terrific year, but he’s no Sandy Koufax. Marquis comes from a different league of Jewish ballplayer.Read More






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