Tag Archives: jazz

Portnoy Brothers Celebrate Homeland With New Song

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.

Avigdor Gavish debuts with “Yom Chadash” album

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:

Zion80 ft. ePRHYME, “Yehi Shalom” (live audio)

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