Tevye, the Black Cantor — The Remarkable Story of Thomas LaRue Jones
Hosted By: Sousa Mendes Foundation
The history of Black-Jewish cultural interaction primarily focuses on how Jews adopted and adapted Black vernacular music — ragtime, jazz, swing, R&B and blues, etc. — as performers, promoters, managers, club owners and record labels. However, what has never before been explored were the African-Americans who performed Yiddish and cantorial music in and for the Jewish community, in theaters on record, radio and in concert between the World Wars. The talk will honor the memory of now forgotten Black cantor Thomas LaRue Jones. The talk will feature historic graphics and translations of period Yiddish newspaper previews, ads and reviews and the playing of his only known Yiddish and Hebrew recording.
Date: May 29, 4 PM EDT
Cost: Free program; registration required
Event Category: Discussion
NOTE: Registration will close on Thursday, May 26 at 10 PM ET. Instruction and links will be sent out to all registrants on Friday, May 27 and again on the morning of the program.
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