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Drunken revelers in masks and costumes rolling through the streets of the French Quarter followed by a raucous brass band! Wait a minute, didn't we just do that? But this isn't Mardi Gras, this time it's the Jewish holiday of Purim.

These drunken revelers are members of New Orleans' Krewe du Jieux, led by reveler-in-chief LJ Goldstein. Purim is the Jewish holiday celebrating the biblical story of Esther in which she and her cousin, Mordecai, triumph over Haman, adviser to the Persian king, who wants to kill all Jews in the Empire.

Your Panorama track for March, featuring the Panorama Brass Band, is a medley of two pieces coming from a pocket of Europe where Jewish communities (along with their Yiddish culture, language and music) survived the Holocaust. The first, originally titled "Bessarabian Bulgar" comes to us via the late Moldovan clarinetist German (pron. "GAIR-mon") Goldenshteyn (1934-2006) who emigrated to the U.S. in 1994, bringing with him close to a thousand authentic Jewish melodies. Goldenshteyn, working with American clarinetist Alex Kontorovich, provided a direct bridge to the modern klezmer revival from the old, mostly extinct, pre-war klezmer scene of Eastern Europe. For more of that music, check out his wonderful and important CD, "German Goldenshteyn: A Living Tradition."

The second tune in our medley, "Khasitsky Horo," is from a terrific contemporary Ukrainian band, Konsonans Retro, from whom we've borrowed material in the past (see "Trombon Hora" on our live CD, "Dance of the Hot Earth.")

We recorded this one (as well as last month's offering, "Geljan Dade") on Ash Wednesday, 2013, after a brutal Carnival schedule that left us all exhausted but happy. We somehow managed to get ourselves up and into the studio the next day, our chops tired but strong, for the recording session. We'll be releasing the
results, on an occasional basis, for the next several years.

Many thanks to banjo man Henry Sapoznik, director of the Mayrent Institute for Yiddish Culture and executive director of Living Traditions for going over our liner notes and for releasing Mr Goldenshteyn's album, "German Goldenshteyn: A Living Tradition."

Thanks also to klezmer, multi-instrumentalist and raconteur Mark Rubin, who plays tuba on that album, for bringing the music to Panorama Brass Band.

And another thanks to accordion wizard and Panorama's alto horn man Patrick Farrell, who transcribed the "Khasitsky Horo" from the Konsonans Retro album "A Podolian Affair."

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from Song​-​of​-​the​-​Month Club: Good Music For You, track released March 1, 2016
Recorded February 13th, 2013 @ Piety Street Studios, New Orleans, LA.

Ben Schenck - Clarinet
Aurora Nealand - Alto Saxophone
Dan Oestreicher - Baritone Saxophone
Jack Pritchett - Trumpet
JR Hankins - Trumpet
Patrick Farrell - Alto Horn
John Gerken - Tenor Horn
Don Godwin - Tenor Horn
Charlie Halloran - Trombone
Jon Gross - Sousaphone
Boyanna Trayanova - Snare Drum
Richie Barshay - Bass Drum

Produced by Don Godwin, Patrick Farrell and Ben Schenck
Music arranged by Mark Rubin and Patrick Farrell
Session engineered by Wesley Fontenot at Piety Street Studios
Mixed by Don Godwin at Airshow, Takoma Park MD
Mastered by Randy LeRoy at Airshow, Takoma Park MD
Graphic design by Ben Schenck
Cover photo by Unknown

Thanks to Mark Bingham for wonderful food and beautiful vibes
during the recording session.

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Panorama Jazz Band / Panorama Brass Band - New Orleans New Orleans, Louisiana

"New Orleans' genre fluid jazz band"

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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