A new clip provides a musical sneak peak at The New Moon All Stars Party Band, a recently-formed all-female ensemble that includes Bulletproof Stockings members Dalia Shusterman and Dana Pestun among its ranks. The clip, taken by Pestun during a practice session, is sadly minus vocals (reportedly due to kol isha concerns), but the music is plenty intriguing.
Plugged by Shusterman on a recent episode of HevriaCast, the group reportedly plays a blend of New Orleans jazz, Brazilian bossa nova, French cabaret, American funk, and even traditional Hasidic nigunim. A recent Facebook post cites influences including Billie Holiday, Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock, Aretha Franklin, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Astrud Gilberto, and Edith Piaf. Shusterman herself was an active jazz drummer in New Orleans for a time, as discussed on the podcast.
Later this week, the band will be kicking off the Jewish month of Elul with a “New Moon Cabaret” at Wolf & Lamb Steakhouse in Brooklyn. Support bands have not been announced, but the show will reportedly include stand-up comedy from Soon By You‘s Jessica Schechter and art by Elanit Kayne. Details as they develop can be found here.
British-Israeli folk/soul duo The Portnoy Brothers (Sruli and Mendy Portnoy) have released a new song in honor of Yom Yerushalayim. Titled “A Love Song For Jerusalem“, the song is a jazz/R&B cover of Naomi Shemer’s classic “Yerushalayim Shel Zahav” (Jerusalem of Gold). The video, filmed and edited by Basti Hansen, has various residents of the land holding signs that convey what Jerusalem means to them. (One gentleman hilariously replies with “Beer”.)
The Portnoy Brothers, originally from Manchester, made their mark last year with their Indiegogo-funded debut album Learn to Love, one of my personal favorite Jewish albums of 2016. Since that album’s release, they have collaborated with Alex Clare on a series of acoustic videos from his last album and are now in the midst of their “A Beatle A Day” cover series on Facebook.
Israeli singer-songwriter Avigdor Gavish has just released his debut album, Yom Chadash (New Day). Recorded with bassist/producer Yehu Yaron at Pluto Studios in Tel Aviv, the album explores primal Jewish concepts of creation, exile, and seeking answers over a hypnotic jazz/soul blend. You can check it out on Bandcamp below:
Jon Madof‘s Zion80 band recently uploaded to Soundcloud a live jam they played in December with indie rapper ePRHYME. Recorded at the Brooklyn Bowl, the track, “Yehi Shalom”, features the band improvising as ePRHYME freestyles over them, mostly cribbing from his breakout hit “Punklezmerap”.
This isn’t the first time such a pairing has occurred; ePRHYME and Madof did a live version of “Heavy Shtetl” for Hevria shortly before this concert