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Matzah to Menorah: A Holiday Jazz Celebration with Alberto Mizrahi, Howard Levy, and Trio Globo

Matzah to Menorah: A Holiday Jazz Celebration with Alberto Mizrahi, Howard Levy, and Trio Globo

Thursday, December 5, 2013 7:00 pm


Can a cantor
swing?

Can a jazzman play Hebraic
chants—on harmonica?

Chicago Tribune Jazz Critic Howard Reich asked these questions the last time tenor Alberto Mizrahi and harmonica/piano whiz Howard Levy played together at Spertus  — and he answered with a resounding "yes!"

In fact, he suggested we host a repeat performance with a larger ensemble, since "one hardly can imagine a jazzier way to say Happy Hanukkah."

We aim to please, so this year Spertus presented 
Hazzan Alberto Mizrahi together with jazz ensemble 
TRIO GLOBO featuring Howard Levy, Eugene Frieson,
and Glen Velez for a festive evening on the eighth
and final night of Hanukkah.

Hazzan Alberto Mizrahi is one of the world's leading interpreters of Jewish music, currently in his 23rd year with Chicago's Anshe Emet Synagogue. A performer of both classical and Jewish music, he has appeared and recorded with orchestras throughout the U.S., Europe, and Israel. He has performed and recorded with musicians ranging from legendary jazz pianist Dave Brubeck to the great Theodore Bikel. Hazzan Mizrahi has performed for two U.S. Presidents, George W. Bush at the White House Hanukkah celebration, and Barack Obama at the U.S. Capitol Days of Remembrance.

Howard Levy is an acknowledged master of the harmonica, as well as an innovative pianist, composer, bandleader, and teacher whose musical travels have taken him across the world. Equally at home in jazz, classical, and rock, he brings a fresh approach to whatever he plays. He has performed and recorded with a “who’s who” of artists, including Pete Seeger, Paul Simon, Steve Goodman, Dolly Parton, Paquito D'Rivera, and his longtime collaborators Béla Fleck & The Flecktones.

Eugene Friesen, a graduate of Yale School of Music, is active internationally as a performer, composer, conductor, and teacher.

Glen Velez, a four-time Grammy winner, is known as the founding father of the modern Frame Drum movement and regarded as a legendary figure by musicians and audiences worldwide.

TRIO GLOBO fuses styles as far reaching as jazz, classical, and sacred music. The group's album Steering by the Stars was released in 2011 by Stonecutter Records.