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    Dining in the Gym. Click on the photo for the whole album.

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    Xmas Eve Chinese Food Banquet. Click on the photo for the whole album.

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    ACE Executive Director Kathryn Bernheimer with fan. Click on the photo for the whole album.

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    Sheldon Sands' Klezmer Consort. Click on the photo for the whole album.

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    Eve Ilsen sings in Yiddish with the Klezmer Consorts. Click on the photo for the whole album.

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    Near full house. Click on the photo for the whole album.

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    Swing St. Vrain, featuring Barron Beshoar on guitar; Kaila Fluss on vocals; Willie Gammell on rhythm guitar; and Ryne Meese on upright bass.

Klezmania 3 Swings the BJCC

For the third year in a row, the Boulder JCC hosted a Jewish Christmas Eve tradition: eating a Chinese dinner with a lot of Jewish friends, complete with a Klezmer concert.  Klezmania 2018 got another ethnic jolt with this year’s addition of music from the robust Gypsy tradition. Swing St. Vrain, a gypsy jazz ensemble based in Longmont, entertained during the Chinese food banquet held in the JCC’s gym. Formerly known as The Hot Club of Boulder, SSV plays “le jazz hot” in style of Django Reinhardt. The group draws material from a broad variety of sources, including Latin, choro, klezmer, and carefully selected pop tunes.

Sheldon Sands’ Klesmer Consort then opened the concert in Levin Hall with an hour of traditional klezmer, including Yiddish vocals from Eve Ilsen. This was followed by a second helping of Swing St. Vrain, focusing more on their klezmer material.  The evening was rounded out by a combo set aimed at getting the audience moving on the small dance floor in front of the stage.

Here’s a little musical sample:

And be sure to check out all of the photos from the event here in our Google album.

About David Fellows

I've been writing things since grammar school, and served as a writer, photographer and/or an editor on my junior high and high school newspapers; the Daily Trojan at USC (where I earned my journalism degree); the student newspaper at the Anderson School at UCLA (where I earned my MBA); and written and edited countless business documents and presentations in the ensuing twenty years. I've been involved Jewishly since my bris and in Boulder since 1995. I'm married to my Executive Director Cheryl, and we have two children, Lauren and Ethan.

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