What Is a Cantor?

Jeremiah Lockwood tells (and demonstrates) the duty and power of a cantor during the synagogue service.

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What is a cantor? The Jewish prayer leader, also known as a hazzan or chazan, isn't just a singer--the hazzan is the central figure who conducts weekday, Shabbat, and holiday services in a synagogue. Jeremiah Lockwood of the band The Sway Machinery explains.

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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.