The Jazzukkah Project is an ensemble that is putting a new sonic spin on the Hanukkah canon, some in English, some in Hebrew, and some instrumental. Their music pays homage to and updates familiar holiday classics, mixing them with jazz cool and salsa flair. For instance, they give “I Have A Little Dreidel” a bebop makeover, inject “Hanukkah, Oh, Hanukkah” with Afro-Cuban grooves and also play original material, like the ballad “Hanukkah Blues.”
As is traditional at the Annual Hanukkah Concert, the evening will begin with a story by Isaac Bashevis Singer, the famed Yiddish-speaking author, this year read by noted actress Eleanor Reissa.
Led by the acclaimed bassist Giliad Abro, one of Israel’s top jazz musicians, The Jazzukkah Project will include jazz pianist Tom Oren, percussionist Alon Benjamini, and singer-songwriter, Elana Rozenfeld.