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Jews & Blues: Inside Out

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The story of how Jewish and African-American music came to be mingled is the story of how the soundtrack of the American Century came to be written Read the full description.

Jb_small WBUR's Inside Out Documentaries Senior Correspondent Michael Goldfarb tells a story of relations between African-American and Jewish communities through the history of American popular music of the first half of the 20th century. In "Jews and Blues: Inside Out" Goldfarb takes us on a journey through ragtime, blues, jazz, klezmer and popular song to see how and where the musical and social connections were made. While listening to the music of Scott Joplin and Irving Berlin, George Gershwin and Duke Ellington, Goldfarb traces the lines of musical influence. He takes us to the places where the music played and the musicians met to see how the intertwining of musical expression between Jews and African-Americans reflected-and sometimes helped initiate-social change. The program includes rarely heard performances from Willie the Lion Smith, George Gershwin, Cab Calloway, the Original Dixieland Jazz Band and Artie Shaw, among others. PRSS satellite uplink 8/01 "Jews & Blues: Inside Out" may be considered "evergreen." Michael Goldfarb's book , "Ahmad's War, Ahmad's Peace," published by Carroll & Graf, is out now: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0786715154/002-7566354-8354437?v=glance For more information about this and other Inside Out Documentaries, please contact Namita Raina, National Program Administrator, WBUR Boston. (617) 353-8160 nraina@bu.edu

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WBUR's Inside Out Documentaries Senior Correspondent Michael Goldfarb tells a story of relations between African-American and Jewish communities through the history of American popular music of the first half of the 20th century. In "Jews and Blues: Inside Out" Goldfarb takes us on a journey through ragtime, blues, jazz, klezmer and popular song to see how and where the musical and social connections were made. While listening to the music of Scott Joplin and Irving Berlin, George Gershwin and Duke Ellington, Goldfarb traces the lines of musical influence. He takes us to the places where the music played and the musicians met to see how the intertwining of musical expression between Jews and African-Americans reflected-and sometimes helped initiate-social change. The program includes rarely heard performances from Willie the Lion Smith, George Gershwin, Cab Calloway, the Original Dixieland Jazz Band and Artie Shaw, among others. PRSS satellite uplink 8/01 "Jews & Blues: Inside Out" may be considered "evergreen." Michael Goldfarb's book , "Ahmad's War, Ahmad's Peace," published by Carroll & Graf, is out now: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0786715154/002-7566354-8354437?v=glance For more information about this and other Inside Out Documentaries, please contact Namita Raina, National Program Administrator, WBUR Boston. (617) 353-8160 nraina@bu.edu

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Review of Jews & Blues: Inside Out

Jews and Blues offers a thought-provoking mixture of music, interviews and archival tape. There's singing by experts, and interviews with singers, and throughout, even though he doesn't delve into it deeply, Goldfarb doesn't shy away from bringing up what's controversial-- the sometimes tension-laden interactions of Jews and African-Americans, particularly in the world of entertainment. This piece strikes a great balance between information and music. Play it for avid Blues fans who should learn something if they listen to it, and for the passing enthusiasts who should be drawn in by the great and varied music.

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Review of Jews & Blues: Inside Out

Michael Goldfarb explores the connections between Jewish and African-American popular music in the 1st half of the 20th century in this fascinating hour. The music and interviews keep the pace of this program going throughout the hour, and Goldfarb’s narration and voice add to the mix with authority, interest, and enthusiasm for the topic. This should be no surprise to those who have listened to his reports over the years. An excellent execution of terrific tale. This program could be aired anytime of year, with emphasis on Black History Month, Rosh Hashanah, or if your blues programmer doesn’t show up at the last minute. I could also hear this piece on a weekend afternoon. Treat your listeners to radio done well.

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