• It’s A Scream How Levine Does the Rhumba: A Record Release Mambo Party

    December 5th


    At the Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission Street, San Francisco

    The Idelsohn Society celebrates their new two CD compilation—a showcase of the greatest Latin Jewish mash-ups of the twentieth century—by teaming up with DJ Oro11 and DeeJay Theory of the hot SF Latin club party, Tormenta Tropical. The celebration is held in the Stephen and Maribelle Leavitt “Yud” Gallery. Features cash bar and bueno bites provided by Wise Sons Deli.

    $10 members/$15 General (includes museum admission)

    21 and over

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    Black Sabbath: The Secret Musical History of Black-Jewish Relations


    Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco


    The Idelsohn Society is thrilled to announce that the Black Sabbath exhibit is reopening at the Contemporary Jewish Museum is San Francisco.

    Black Sabbath is a musical journey through a unique slice of recording history–the Black-Jewish musical encounter from the 1930s to the 1960s. In contrast to the oft-told story of how Jewish songwriters and publishers of Tin Pan Alley and Broadway transformed Black spirituals, blues, and jazz into the Great American Songbook, scant attention has been paid to the secret history of the many Black responses to Jewish music, life, and culture. From Johnny Mathis singing “Kol Nidre” to Aretha Franklin’s 1960s take on “Swanee,” visitors can learn how Black artists treated Jewish music as a resource for African-American identity, history, and politics.

    Within a nightclub setting that evokes the 1940s, these songs and more, including rare and unusual recordings, can be heard at the exhibition’s two iPad listening stations. Each station features a curated group of songs arranged around a particular theme. The “Heebie Jeebies” playlist focuses on jive. The “Go Down Moses” playlist features spirituals and soul music inspired by the Old Testament. Liner notes from the soon to be released compilation by the Idelsohn Society of Musical Preservation on which the exhibition is based can be accessed via a special Black Sabbath application on the Museum’s iPads. Visitors can view vintage videos of performances such as a 1966 TV appearance by Danny Kaye and Harry Belafonte singing “Hava Nagila” and Nina Simone singing the Israeli folk favorite “Eretz Zavat Chalav” in Hebrew. And, still images and album covers can be viewed as projections on the soaring wall of the Museum’s Yud Gallery.

    Click here for more information on visiting the exhibit

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