Soprano Roberta Peters has died at 86. We remember the high points (and high notes) of her illustrious career.
Meyer’s Hardware on Chicago’s South Side was once the site of one of America’s most prominent jazz clubs.
Critic, gadfly and columnist Nat Hentoff has died at 91. We remember his contradictions and his prescient vision of Bob Dylan’s klezmer roots.3
“Strange Fruit,” the classic Billie Holiday song about lynching, is in the headlines. Rebecca Ferguson says she’d like to sing it at Donald Trump’s inauguration.
Phil Spector and Herb Alpert might have made the all-time best Jewish Christmas albums. But Mel Torme and the Moog Machine aren’t far behind.
A new music program juxtaposes klezmer with the music of Richard Wagner. Artistic director Jessica Gould explains what they do (and don’t) have in common.
Sure, Phil Spector’s “A Christmas Gift for You” is the best Jewish Christmas album all time. But let’s not forget Herb Alpert’s “Christmas Album” either.
The music of a pioneering Jewish label was destroyed on Kristallnacht. Now, the Semer Ensemble is trying to revive it.
Accused of anti-Semitism for his song “N.E.R.D.,” Lupe Fiasco performed in Denver last night and reportedly got even more offensive.21
“Last Christmas,” the 1980s hit by pop duo Wham! could just as easily have been called “Last Pesach.” John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” is a Vietnam War protest, not a Christian song. And, while “White Hanukkah” is not quite as catchy as Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas,” there is nothing overtly religious about dreaming of a winter wonderland.
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