The Klez Dispensers (New Jersey) CD Release
Originally formed as a student ensemble at Princeton University, New Jersey’s Klez Dispensers celebrate their 10th anniversary with the release of their latest CD at the Ashkenaz Festival. This eight-piece big band of young jazz and klezmer hotshots dispenses virtuosic musicianship and lush, swinging arrangements of mid-20th century klezmer and Yiddish classics, as well as their own stirring original compositions. While powerfully evoking the golden age of American-Yiddish swing, the group simultaneously blazes new trails in contemporary klezmer-jazz crossover. A fresh and exciting blend of old world sounds and cool, downtown sensibilities.