music@theJ - "Klezmania: Klezmer and Gypsy Music, and (Optional) Chinese Dinner"

Date: December 24, 2018
Time: 5:30 pm Contact: Jodi ZicklinEmail:

Gypsy Jazz & Klezmer Fusion

Monday, December 24 | Dinner at 5:45 pm | Concert at 7 pm

Concert only: $25 in advance | $30 at the door
Concert and Dinner:
$50 in advance only
$10 concert only | $35 concert and dinner in advance only

Advance Concert Ticket Sales Close at 5:00 pm on December 24th
Dinner ticket reservations close at 11:59 pm on December 19th
A Kosher meal is available. Please see the registration form.


The tradition of borrowing from other traditions has long been an essential practice for the wandering Jewish people.

Klezmania, for example, proudly carries on the 20th century tradition of enjoying Chinese food on the holiday of Christmas. Our annual Christmas Eve Party – celebrated with a klezmer concert and traditional Chinese food – gets another ethnic jolt with this year’s addition of music from the robust Gypsy tradition.

Klezmer music borrowed from a variety of sources. Most significantly, Klezmer enjoyed long geographic proximity to gypsy music, as the Roma people and the Jewish people of Eastern Europe shared instruments and traded melodies.

At the third annual Klezmania, Sheldon Sand’s Klezmer Consort will be joined by Swing St. Vrain, a gypsy jazz ensemble based in Longmont. 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.

Instrumentation includes Selmer and DiMauro style guitars, archtop jazz guitars, mandolin, Greek bouzouki,upright bass, male and female vocals in English, French, Spanish, and Yiddish. As The Hot Club of Boulder the group produced three gypsy jazz festivals in Longmont, played the Longmont Jazz Festival several times, and appeared at the first Djangofest Colorado in Crested Butte.


Barron Beshoar - Guitar, mandolin, Greek bouzouki, vocals
Kaila Fluss - Multi lingual soprano vocals
Willie Gammell - Rhythm guitar.
Ryne Meese - Upright bass