Satchmo, streimel and all that jazz

Keren Friedman, Jazzraelites ensemble give Jewish, Israeli folk music a magical contemporary twist.

By MAURICE PICOW
April 10, 2012 13:03
Jazz ensemble

Jazz ensemble. (photo credit: Roman Belashov)

 
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Her voice is smooth and sultry, and closely resembles iconic female jazz singers of years gone by. But this is not all local jazz vocalist Keren Friedman, 37, and her musical ensemble, The Jazzraelites, offer adoring audiences. Friedman and the Jazzraelites also perform “Jewish music” and Israeli tunes, giving these songs a contemporary jazz sparkle, bringing to mind the melodies of jazz greats such as Louis Armstrong and the Dave Brubeck Quartet.

“I originally formed an ensemble called Keren Friedman Jazz Group in the mid- 1990s, and we later changed its name to the Jazzraelites when we began to...

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