Chicago’s Jewish and African-American communities first found common ground on Maxwell Street, a west side Jewish immigrant ghetto that became a mecca for some of the world’s most beloved blues artists in their formative years. The NAACP was founded and led in Chicago by prominent Jewish activists, and during the civil rights era, Chicago Rabbis and their congregants often accompanied Rev. King on his famous marches. The first act of Chicago’s Jewish Council on Urban Affairs (cosponsoring the concert) was to loan a staff member that campaign, work that 40 years later continues in the struggle for affordable housing.
The Afro-Semitic Experience mirrors these partnerships in their stunning jazz arrangements whose results are equally moving for their collaboration on the spiritual, social and musical planes.
But most importantly, they truly swing.
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