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Jews and Jazz

The SDSU Jewish Studies program will host a concert celebrating the sounds of the 20s and 50s.
By Rhoda Nevins

Celebrate the sounds of the 1920s to 50s in a performance of “Jews and Jazz,” when jazz and klezmer come together.

The event, hosted by the San Diego State University Jewish Studies department, features tunes from members of the klezmer band, Hot Pstromi.

About the band

The band includes world-renowned artists Duncan Moore (percussion), Tripp Sprague (tenor), Jeff Pekarek (bass), Lou Fanucchi (accordion), Elizabeth Schwartz (vocals), Yale Strom (violin) with special guest Gilbert Castellanos

Special guests

Stachel, a saxophonist and multi-woodwind instrumentalist, is widely recognized for being a unique soloist and for having strong ensemble contributions in all kinds of musical genres.

Stachel has recorded, toured and performed with a variety of well-known musicians, including Diana Ross, Boz Scaggs, Bonnie Raitt, Neil Diamond, En Vogue, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Sheila E, Quincy Jones and Billy Joel.

Castellanos has established himself as one of the nation’s most inventive improvisers in live performances as a member of the Clayton Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, Anthony Wilson Nonet, Charles McPherson Quintet, Willie Jones III Quintet and as leader of his own groups. A passionate advocate for formal jazz education, Castellanos has taught at SDSU, regularly conducts high school workshops and is a lecturer at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music.

More information

“Jews and Jazz” will begin at 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 5 in Smith Recital Hall.

The event is free and open to the public.