In November 2014 we put out a klezmer number, based on old Hassidic melodies, that we called "Home for the Holidays." It was loosely intended as our first annual Hanukkah release. This year's drop is called "Hanukkah on Japonica" and features a traditional Jewish bulgar ("The Voliner Bulgar") with a Hanukkah song ("Sevivon") folded in.

Japonica Street is the "lowest street in the upper Ninth Ward," right next to the Industrial Canal. In this recording, we imagine the drums and clarinet calling everybody out of their houses to come celebrate the Festival of Lights. The accordion, tuba, banjo trombone and saxophone quickly fall in and it soon becomes apparent that "a great miracle happened there!"


from Song​-​of​-​the​-​Month Club: Good Music For You, released May 1, 2015
Recorded October 13, 2015 at Listen Up! Studios, New Orleans, LA
Ben Schenck - Clarinet, Tambourine
Aurora Nealand - Alto Saxophone
Charlie Halloran - Trombone
Matt Schreiber - Accordion
Patrick Mackey - Banjo
Mark Rubin - Tuba
Doug Garrison - Drums

Produced by Ben Schenck
Music arranged by Ben Schenck
Recorded, edited and mixed by Michael Seaman at Listen Up! Studios, New Orleans, LA
Mastered by Lu Rojas at Oak Street Recording, New Orleans, LA
Graphic design by Ben Schenck
Cover photo by Greg Miles


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The Panorama Jazz Band and the Panorama Brass Band have been working steadily in New Orleans and beyond since 1995. Many hundreds of nightclub gigs, festivals, weddings, crawfish boils and Mardi Gras parades have added to this community of musicians' collective experience, all of which they bring to each of their recordings. ... more

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