The chazzan makes a comeback in Brooklyn

The chazzan makes a comeback in Brooklyn


norman lebrecht

August 05, 2022

NPR gets all excited over a return of Jewish cantorial singing:

While in grad school, Jeremiah Lockwood stumbled upon a YouTube video of cantors at an informal Chasidic sing-along known as a kumzits, a kind of cantorial jam session where solos are handed off with the point of a finger.

The video inspired Lockwood to produce the new album Golden Ages: Brooklyn Chassidic Cantorial Revival Today, which was recorded at Daptone Records, an analog recording facility known for soul music.

Three of the six cantors who are on the album went with Lockwood to perform at the Jewish Culture Festival in Poland in late June…

Read on here.

More tracks here.


  • NYMike says:

    Weren’t Richard Tucker and Jan Peerce cantors early in their careers?

  • Helene Kamioner says:

    when did the Chazzanim leave?

  • BruceJBerger says:

    And let’s not forget the first sound movie, The Jazz Singer!

  • NYCgirl says:

    Thank you for this link!!!