Old World Beat
December 27th, 2008
Klezmer music, once rooted in the Jewish religious tradition, is now being played on festival stages, nightclubs and concert halls throughout the world. Many of the roots of American Jazz and Broadway music can be traced to Klezmer. Joel Rubin (University of Virginia) is both a historian of Klezmer music and a clarinetist who regularly performs Klezmer music. Also: Kevin J. Stees (James Madison University) talks about the rich history of American and British brass bands and plays a few songs on the tuba in the studio.