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Paul Shapiro Releases ‘Essen,’ a Tribute to 1940s Yiddish Jazz

New York-based saxophonist Paul Shapiro’s third album, Essen, to be released on June 24, pays heartfelt homage to the Yiddish swing jazz of the 1940s. Essen-the Yiddish word for “eat”-plays off of the same themes as Shapiro’s Ribs and Brisket Revue, a monthly concert held in New York City under Shapiro’s leadership.

The album features songs previously performed by such artists as Peggy Lee, Cab Calloway, Slim ‘n’ Slam and the Barton Brothers, rearranged by the funk and R&B-influenced Shapiro. With a track list full of songs clustered around the theme of food, Shapiro creates an album in the unique category of Jewish jazz, or Yiddish R&B.

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