Please join us as Roosevelt House and Hunter’s Center for Jewish Studies co-host a unique concert program featuring Gordon Lockwood, a blues duo including singer and guitarist Jeremiah Lockwood and drummer Ricky Gordon. Originally fellow accompanists to blues legend Carolina Slim, Gordon and Lockwood have been making music together for more than 20 years. In this live concert, the famed musicians will present their unique arrangements of a range of Yiddish songs—including old Yiddish women’s ballads as collected in their new album Once Upon a Time the Fire Burned Brighter, and original works based on the poetry of 20th century Yiddish poet Celia Dropkin. The songs inspired by Dropkin’s poetry were composed by Jeremiah Lockwood in collaboration with his longtime musical partner—the late singer, composer, bassist, and educator Jewlia Eisenberg.

Jeremiah Lockwood is a musician and scholar working in the fields of Jewish studies, performance studies, and ethnomusicology. The author of the new book, Golden Ages: Hasidic Singers and Cantorial Revival in the Digital Era, Lockwood has recorded more than a dozen albums with his band The Sway Machinery and other projects.

Ricky Gordon is a drummer, percussionist, and composer. He has performed and recorded with Wynton Marsalis, The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Public Enemy, and The Allman Brothers Band, among others. A frequent collaborator with filmmaker Spike Lee, Gordon recently worked on the Jon Batiste Oscar-nominated documentary American Symphony.

Once Upon A Time The Fire Burned Brighter… and Other Yiddish Songs — A live musical performance created and performed by Gordon Lockwood | Posted on March 25th, 2024 | Public Programs