Wednesday, July 1, 2015 Tammuz 14, 5775
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"Greenwich Village Hooligans"? Gee, why didn't he think of that, chuckles director/writer (with Michael Jaeger) Josh Shelov of what he could have called "The Best and the Brightest." Because, probably, the writer of "Green Street Hooligans" -- Shelov's acclaimed other major credit -- would have been repeating himself. And, one thing's for sure: Shelov is an original. It shines through...
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If not for a friend in a secular choir who referred him to a Jewish choral gig, Robert Ross might still be singing Christian requiems instead of Jewish psalms. He'd always identified as Jewish, but hardly had any experience with the religion while growing up, much less the music. "There were vestiges of Jewish life in our household, but it...
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Israeli's jazz cool and collected -- from concert stages all over the world
Big careers from Smalls packages? Tel Aviv's Avishai Cohen's history tells such a story; new to New York in 1997, but already an established artist in Israel, he arrived at Smalls legendary jazz club as a man with a horn and a talent with a tale. It takes a village? It took gigs at the pre-eminent Greenwich Village landmark to...
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From Philadelphia to Warsaw, how a master violinist plucks plaudits from the air
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No loose strings on Joshua Bell's plentiful portfolio; indeed, his career-making connection to Philadelphia has become even more taut with time. And what the master violinist -- who has taught younger musicians in classes that bespeak his mettle as a class act -- has learned since having his debut at age 14 with the Philadelphia Orchestra, is that "you feel...
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Barbra Streisand is Steven Brinberg's bread and ... buttah. You don't need the Coffee Lady to know that people who like people are lucky; but people who adore people like Brinberg adores Streisand, well, they're ... fabulous! A great turn -- turn around and just listen; is it him or "Memories"? -- is what Brinberg does as "Simply Barbra," his...
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