AmiciMusic, “Jewish Jazz ll”

AmiciMusic Salutes Jewish Jazz with New Show

Sunday, May 27 - 2:00 p.m.-  AmiciMusic, “Jewish Jazz ll”, w/ Daniel Weiser, Steve Loew, Simone Vigilante. Chamber jazz. $18 advance/$20 door

On Sunday, May 27 at 2:00 p.m., the Amici Music series, historically one of the White Horse Black Mountain’s most popular draws, returns with a special program, “Jewish Jazz ll”Pianist Daniel Weiser, clarinetist Steve Loew and vocalist Simone Vigilante will explore the uniquely American music that blossomed in the  1920-1940s as Eastern European Jewish immigrant communities in New York City interacted with African-American arrivals moving North in the Great Migrations, forging one of this country’s great musical fusions. The concert will feature works with klezmer influences, including an arrangement of George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” and Yiddish swing from the repertoires of Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, Harold Arlen and more.

Daniel Weiser is familiar to audiences throughout Western North Carolina in his role as pianist and Artistic Director for AmiciMusic, which seeks to break down barriers between artist and audience with performances of chamber music in informal and non-traditional venues. He’s remained a regular on the White Horse stage since relocating to Baltimore, continuing to dazzle audiences with his command of a wide range of genres, from classical to musical theater and jazz. 

Steve Loew is a former clarinetist with the US Marine Band and has played for five Presidents. He’s also performed with the New York Philharmonic and the National Symphony, and has organized several clarinet based chamber music groups in the Asheville area. Steve has been a featured soloist in a number of AmiciMusic programs.

Simone Vigilante has been hailed as a “beautiful dramatic soprano capable of some awesome fireworks” by the Asheville Citizen-Times. She’s appeared in recitals and competitions, with opera companies and orchestras, throughout the United States, France, Spain, Austria and Italy. Her solo CD release, Love, Look Away, showcases her diverse talents in singing various genres including opera, classical, musical theater, gospel, and folk song through a dynamic collaboration with pianist David Troy Francis.