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An examination of 'Jewish Jazz' comes to Burchfield-Penney

The list is long and stunning

If you're naming the famous Jewish Jazz musicians in the history of the great American musical art, you might start with clarinetist Mezz Mezzerow, go on to swing band leaders Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw and, before you stopped at current alto saxophone rebel John Zorn, clarinetist Anat Cohen and sublime soprano saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom, you would touch on Stan Getz, Paul Desmond, Buddy Rich, Terry Gibbs, Herbie Mann, Dick Hyman and many, many more.

But on close examination, you notice something interesting: a large number of great clarinetists or musicians who have played the clarinet's lusty cousin, the soprano saxophone, or those giants on the alto and tenor saxophones (Desmond, Getz.)

So, what's going on with "Jewish Jazz?" At 2 p.m. Sunday, a couple of musicians will try to answer questions about the relationship of Klezmer music and jazz at the Burchfield-Penney Art Center.

Clarinetist Steve Loew and pianist Daniel Weisen will be part of a multi-media presentation including an exhibition of paintings by Milton Weiser.

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