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    The Yosl and Chana Mlotek Yiddish Song Collection at the Workers Circle
    (The Workers Circle, 2023) Mlotek, Yosl, Mlotek, Chana
    A collection of five anthologies of Yiddish songs, each one organized around a specific theme and compiled by Yosl and Chana Mlotek. Each book includes information about the collection and the lyrics and music of the songs. On this site, you can also access performances of music from the collection.
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    Burt Bacharach, sophisticated Jewish hitmaker of the ’60s and ’70s, dies at 94
    (Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA), 2023-02-09) Silow-Carroll, Andrew
    Burt Bacharach was a prolific and influential songwriter and composer, who, often in collaboration with lyricist Hal David, wrote hundreds of popular hit songs. His music is widely credited with elevating Dionne Warwick to stardom with such hits as "Do You Know the Way to San Jose," "Walk on By" and "I Say a Little Prayer." Silow-Carroll quotes Jonathan Freedman, author of the book, "Klezmer America: Jewishness, Ethnicity, Modernity,” as saying that what made Bacharach 's music Jewish is his “wild play with time signatures; he is to time signatures what [George] Gershwin is to chord changes," and is an example of how Jewish musicians “enter popular forms and make them their own.” Click on the link to read the article.
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    The Yiddish Philharmonic Chorus
    (The Yiddish Philharmonic Chorus, 2022) Bleaman, Isaac I
    The Yiddish Philharmonic Chorus, formerly the Jewish People’s Philharmonic Chorus , is a group of forty singers spanning multiple generations, who are "committed to promoting Yiddish language and culture through beautiful four-part harmony." They situate themselves as part of the "twenty-first-century Yiddish renaissance." The chorus performs at a variety of locations. Click on the ink above to see their homepage. See the links below for some of our entries on other venues for Yiddish music, plays and culture in the United States as well as Canada.
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    ‘Hallelujah’ Review: From Leonard Cohen to Cale to Buckley to Shrek: A new documentary tells the entwined stories of a songwriter and his best-known composition
    (New York Times, 2022-07-01) Scott, A.O.
    This is New York Times film reviewer, A.O. Scott's Critics Pick of the biographical documentary, "Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, a Journey, a Song." The directors, Dan Geller and Dayna Goldfine trace the seven-year development of Leonard Cohen's best-known song, "Hallelujah." They trace his development from a poet and known figure in the Canadian literary community, his upbringing in the affluent Westmount section of Montreal, and his interest in Jewish and Buddhist religious teachings. Click on the link above to read Scott's review of the film. Click on the links below to see NAJC's other entries on Leonard Cohen.
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    Carole King
    (Jewish Women's Archive, 2021-06-23) Rosen, Nancy; Adelstein, Rachel
    "Over the course of a career spanning more than half a century, Carole King has shaped American popular music behind the scenes, on stage, and in the recording studio. With her first husband, Gerry Goffin, she composed popular hits for singers including Aretha Franklin, Little Eva, The Shirelles, and Bobby Vee. As a solo artist, she broke new ground with her 1971 album Tapestry. Since then, King has composed for albums, movies, and television, and for children as well as for adults. She has received numerous awards for her music and performance and has been the subject of a biographical Broadway musical." Click on the link above to read the rest of this biography.