For more information about the event, see our previous post, The Heritage Ensemble Returns December 1st.
And in case you're still trying to decide, why not see what your fellow congregants have to say about their previous concert at Adas Emuno last April:
I am a confessed jazz snob and went to hear the ensemble with low expectations. After all, ancient melodies in jazz at a temple? This band ranks with the best you will hear anywhere. Go and enjoy the music, the fresh interpretation of themes from another millennium and the group’s multicultural enthusiasm for making a joyous noise.
The Heritage Ensemble is in a word... awesome... and I do not use that term lightly! Tell your family and tell your friends. You don't want to miss how these guys take Hebraic melodies and make them soar on the wings of great jazz and world music. And, surprise, the synagogue is a wonderfully intimate venue for their magic.
--Rabbi Barry Schwartz
We are so lucky to be able to hear such first-rate jazz in little ol' Leonia and at such a reasonable price! Mike Hashem is a superb sax player. He is very talented, puts on a great show, and has energy to burn. Bobby Sanabria is a well known drummer whom I've heard all over NY. It was a pleasure to hear him with this ensemble. He plays with all the greats. Those 2 musicians really drive the ensemble. The concert was fabulous.
It isn't easy to describe an evening with the Heritage Ensemble, but suffice it to say that if you're a music lover, you will know you're in the company of great artists!
Where can you go to hear world-renowned jazz musicians playing Jewish-themed jazz in an intimate, spiritual venue? No where else but Congregation Adas Emuno. If you heard the Heritage Ensemble last year, you know what you're in store for. If you missed it, don't make the same mistake twice.
People have asked me, how did you get world-class musicians like Bobby Sanabria and Michael Hashim to come out to our little temple to perform for us? And the answer is simple: connections. Eugene Marlow is an old friend from grad school, and when I heard the music he composed and performed with the Heritage Ensemble, my first thought was, how can I get them to play at Adas Emuno? And I have to tell you, I'm no jazz aficionado, not much of a fan to be honest with you, I'm just a good old rock'n'roll kinda guy, and I think this group is absolutely amazing, just totally sensational. The Latin rhythm section alone is more than worth the price of admission, add the incredible saxophone gymnastics, the top-knotch bass and keyboards, the very moving vocals from Shira Lissek, and the Jewish soul behind the compositions, and it is an unbelievable, not-to-be-missed experience. We are so lucky to have this opportunity to host these world-class performers. I think this says a lot about what Congregation Adas Emuno is all about!