Beginning in the 1960s, composers of Jewish liturgical music turned to popular music and jazz in search of new expressive possibilities. Gershon Kingsley used Moog synthesizers with jazz and rock idioms. Charles Davidson combined jazz and blues with cantorial and chant traditions. Around the same time, a teen-aged composer and rabbi’s son named Jonathan Klein composed a jazz sacred service for a Boston Jewish youth convention. When a local Jewish official arranged to have the piece recorded, some of the era’s finest jazz musicians showed up at the recording session.

Date: March 29, 2016

Credit: Milken Family Foundation

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