Highlights from the 2019 AJMF


BILL CHARLAP

Bill Charlap, onstage during his stellar trio performance of Leonard Bernstein interpretations during our opening night performance at the Atlanta History Center. As NEA Jazz Master Jimmy Heath, who we're honored was in attendance that evening, told AJMF director Joe Alterman after the concert, "It's hard to believe that only three people made that much music."

Bill Charlap, onstage during his stellar trio performance of Leonard Bernstein interpretations during our opening night performance at the Atlanta History Center. As NEA Jazz Master Jimmy Heath, who we're honored was in attendance that evening, told AJMF director Joe Alterman after the concert, "It's hard to believe that only three people made that much music."


LAWRENCE

Lawrence, led by the Jewish sibling team of Clyde and Gracie Lawrence who are deeply influenced by both Carole King and Jerry Seinfeld - which they refer to as "New York, Jewish storytelling", a tradition they long to be a part of - put on an amazing, super funky show at Vinyl @ Centerstage.

Lawrence, led by the Jewish sibling team of Clyde and Gracie Lawrence who are deeply influenced by both Carole King and Jerry Seinfeld - which they refer to as "New York, Jewish storytelling", a tradition they long to be a part of - put on an amazing, super funky show at Vinyl @ Centerstage.


ATL COLLECTIVE RELIVES THE SOUNDS OF CHESS RECORDS

"The Synagogue prayers had traces there in Andrew Tibbs’ moans, The Old World met the cotton fields, The Warsaw ghetto shook hands w/ the Mississippi Delta, That suffering in Poland didn’t sound that different than the suffering in Selma" - ATL Collective's fabulous emcee, Adan Bean, walked us through the deeply important story of Jewish/black collaboration in American music via the fascinating, complicated story of Chess Records at Venkman's.

"The Synagogue prayers had traces there in Andrew Tibbs’ moans, The Old World met the cotton fields, The Warsaw ghetto shook hands w/ the Mississippi Delta, That suffering in Poland didn’t sound that different than the suffering in Selma"
- ATL Collective's fabulous emcee, Adan Bean, walked us through the deeply important story of Jewish/black collaboration in American music via the fascinating, complicated story of Chess Records at Venkman's.


Ben Sidran

Through his fascinating history of Jewish involvement in American popular music at Ahavath Achim Synagogue, Ben Sidran explored what is both uniquely Jewish and uniquely American about "Jewish music". In looking at "Take Me Out To The Ballgame", which was composed by Judy Garland's uncle after reading an article about the game in a New York Yiddish newspaper, Sidran, through his examination of the lyrics - "I don't care if I never get back" - showed us how "baseball", in this song - which is really a song looking for community - is actually a metaphor for America and wanting to belong to it.

Through his fascinating history of Jewish involvement in American popular music at Ahavath Achim Synagogue, Ben Sidran explored what is both uniquely Jewish and uniquely American about "Jewish music". In looking at "Take Me Out To The Ballgame", which was composed by Judy Garland's uncle after reading an article about the game in a New York Yiddish newspaper, Sidran, through his examination of the lyrics - "I don't care if I never get back" - showed us how "baseball", in this song - which is really a song looking for community - is actually a metaphor for America and wanting to belong to it.


ROLLING STONE ROCK CRITIC Alan Light

Journalistic Alan Light helped us examine the Jewishness of Bob Dylan's music at Temple Sinai. When asked what - beyond Dylan's happening to have been born Jewish - was Jewish about his music, Light said, "It's his way of constantly questioning - of answering questions with more questions."

Journalistic Alan Light helped us examine the Jewishness of Bob Dylan's music at Temple Sinai. When asked what - beyond Dylan's happening to have been born Jewish - was Jewish about his music, Light said, "It's his way of constantly questioning - of answering questions with more questions."


Salute To Hollywood

Salute To Hollywood's Bob Spiotto and Deb Bowman explore the Jewish imprint on 1989 Academy Awards Best Original Song winner "Under The Sea", from the Disney film, "The Little Mermaid" at the Breman Museum.

Salute To Hollywood's Bob Spiotto and Deb Bowman explore the Jewish imprint on 1989 Academy Awards Best Original Song winner "Under The Sea", from the Disney film, "The Little Mermaid" at the Breman Museum.