4th Ward Afro-Klezmer Orchestra Plays
Marcus Jewish Community Center Atlanta
The 4th Ward Afro-Klezmer Orchestra, which bills itself as a nine-piece klezmer-funk-rock-jazz ensemble that performs original compositions and arrangements combining West African rhythms with Eastern European, plays the Marcus Jewish Community Center Atlanta May 4. The music also includes a mix of bebop, funk, swing and other styles that build on the American Jewish assimilation of klezmer.
In the local music magazine Stomp and Stammer, critic Doug Deloach says “…tunes that swing like Ellington’s jungle nights at the Apollo, carve soulfunk grooves reminiscent of Fela Kuti’s Africa ’70 and rock the bar mitzvah like there’s no Second Coming. It’s a mash-up of seemingly incompatible styles…”
In Creative Loafing, music writer Chad Radford said the band’s music is “laid down by some of the best jazz hands in Atlanta.”
The 4th Ward Afro-Klezmer Orchestra plays Sunday, May 4 at 7:30 p.m. at the MJCCA.