What Is Jewish Music?

Jeremiah Lockwood of the Sway Machinery explains the history and confusion behind Jewish music.

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Jewish music has a long and varied history, from the Song of Songs to Hasidic niggunim to Leonard Cohen and Joey Ramone. Here, Jeremiah Lockwood of the band The Sway Machinery gives his take about the history of Jewish music, and what defines a Jewish song.

 

 

Jeremiah Lockwood

Son of composer Larry Lockwood and the grandson of the legendary Cantor Jacob Konigsberg, Jeremiah Lockwood began his musical career playing his guitar and singing on the streets of Manhattan.
Jeremiah has worked for years as the front man and composer for The Sway Machinery, a blues/world beat/Cantorial music ensemble.