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Session 19 - Benny Friedman - Start Dancing Now

Benny Friedman was born in Minneapolis, MN, into a family of Chabad Shluchim. Benny’s musical career began at age thirteen when he began performing at small local events. Passionate about both singing and the ability to inspire people through music, Benny spent four years working with elite Hollywood vocal coach Seth Riggs. In demand as a performer throughout the Jewish world, has released four studio albums and has made numerous recordings as a guest singer. Benny lives with his wife and...


Session 18 - Boris Williams - Playing From the Heart

Boris Williams best known as ex-drummer of the Cure, has also worked with various artists, including Thompson Twins, Kim Wilde, Strawberry Switchblade, Robbie Nevil, Ian McCulloch, Babacar and Tomato City. Williams first joined The Cure in 1984. During his tenure, Williams helped The Cure reach their critical and commercial peak recording the studio albums The Head on the Door, Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Disintegration, and Wish. He was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of fame in 2019,...


Session 17 - Eddie Landsberg - The Chords to Say Who I Am

An internationally respected music theorist and performer, Eddie Landsberg was born and raised in Philadelphia and began classical piano training at the age of 5, starting Jazz Studies at Philadelphia's famous Settlement Music School in his teens. Switching to Hammond Organ in his mid 20's, he received his first organ lesson from the legendary Shirley Scott then studied Jazz composition and performance with Blue Note Recording artist Big John Patton. Eddie also received guidance from Austin...


Session 16 - Song Backstory #2 - Ashrei Ha-Ish

Exploring the stories behind the songs. "The Cripple" by Rebbe Nachman of Breslov Ashrei Ha-Ish - Lyrics by King David; Music by Yisroel Arye Yisroel Arye - Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Organ Menachem Grossman - Guitar, Vocals Nissin Levitin - Drums, Vocals Ephraim Goodman - Vocals Menachem Fontek - Vocals Yossi Gootblatt - Vocals Shmuli Gootblatt - Vocals Avrohom Shvili - Vocals Jason Ewald - Vocals Recorded 2017 at Sound Heights Records Mixed at the Bunker Studios by Aaron Nevezie תהלים א׳...


Session 15 - Dan Tepfer - Keep Your Dignity

Dan Tepfer has made a name for himself as a pianist-composer of wide-ranging ambition, individuality and drive — “a remarkable musician” in the words of the Washington Post and one “who refuses to set himself limits” in those of France’s Télérama. The New York City-based Tepfer, born in 1982 in Paris to American parents, has performed with some of the leading lights in jazz, including extensively with veteran saxophone luminary Lee Konitz. As a leader, Tepfer has crafted a discography...


Session 14 - Aaron Nevezie - Emotional Impact

Aaron Nevezie is a producer and engineer based at The Bunker Studio in Brooklyn NYC. He has worked with Danger Mouse, Black Thought (The Roots), Questlove, tUnE-yArDs, Brad Mehldau, Brian Blade Fellowship, Vijay Iyer, The Black Keys, Black Taxi, Ambulance Ltd, Charlie Hunter, Dave Eggar, Jojo Mayer & Nerve, Now Vs Now, Wayne Krantz, Ben Allison, Steve Cardenas, Kim Petras, The City and Horses, White Prism, Andrew Keoghan, Mercury Radio Theatre and many more. Currently a member of Nerve,...


Session 13 - Phillip Namanworth - The Boogie Woogie Mystic

Phillip Namanworth began his music career singing with an a capella doo wop group, The Rondell’s, whose lead singer was Chuck Negron, later of Three Dog Night. He has recorded and toured with Dave Von Ronk (Dave Van Ronk and the Hudson Dusters) Joseph Byrd (The American Metaphysical Circus), Elliott Randall (Rock and Roll City), Roberta Flack, Ry Cooder, and Kenny Vance among many others. He was the piano player for the original Broadway productions of Superstar and The Rocky Horror Show. He...


Session 12 - Butch Phelps - Heavy Lift

Butch Phelps is a songwriter, vocalist, guitar player, music teacher and music lover who lives in Hell's Kitchen, New York City. Soaking up a variety of musical influences as a kid, Butch began playing guitar and writing songs at an early age. Having lived in most regions of the USA at one time or another, his appreciation for writers and performers reached new heights in Portland, Oregon. Upon arriving in NYC he became immersed in the thriving music of the East Village while cofounding the...


Session 11 - Laura Melnicoff - Listening to Your Inner Voice

Laura Melnicoff is a cellist, classically trained at the conservatories of New York City, and holds a Masters in Cello Performance from Tel Aviv University. Her performances have included the stages of Carnegie Hall, the Women’s International Convention for Chabad Emissaries, tours in Europe and Israel, and an internship with the Israel Philharmonic. Concerto in B Minor by Antonin Dvorak: Suite for...


Session 10 - Isaac "Jacky" Bitton - The Key to Redemption

Isaac (Jacky) Bitton was one of the founding members of the top French Rock Band LES VARIATIONS from the 70's which was the first French rock band to tour the US. Since he returned to his Jewish religious roots, he has been known in the Jewish music scene under the group name of RAYA MEHEMNA and more recently under his own name. In the early 80's he released two albums titled SONGS FOR A BROTHER Vol 1 & 2. Bitton is widely known for his energetic drumming style, soulful powerful voice, and...


Session 09 - Turner Cody - In the Wee Wee Hours

Tummy Touch Records Recording Artist Turner Cody is a songwriter in the American style. He's been recording and touring since 2000. He lives in Queens with his wife and son. Check out his music/ Join Sound Heights on Patreon:


Session 08 - Song Backstory #1: "Joshua Howe"

The first in a series exploring the stories behind the songs. "Joshua Howe" is by Yisroel Arye Rough Cut Video (Patrons Only): Join Sound Heights on Patreon: yisroel arye - guitar, harmonica, vocals sara meira - bass pesach alpert - drums trip to new orleans laughing pills things get mean bottle spills try so hard to be the man throw back jack whiskey...


Session 07 - Jon Madof - Zion Jazz Warrior

Jon Madof plays guitar and writes music, and has been described by NPR’s Liane Hansen as ‘Dick Dale doing the music at your bar mitzvah.’ Leader of the bands Zion80, Blivet and Rashanim, he is co-founder of Chant Records, a label that aggregates and amplifies the work of an international community of artists pushing the boundaries of music across many genres; a ‘sonic temple for adventurous music.’ Jon has collaborated with musicians including John Zorn, Matisyahu, Marc Ribot and Frank...


Session 06 - Dosh - Loop Life

Martin Chavez Dosh, better known mononymously as Dosh, is a multi-instrumentalist based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Dosh is principally a percussionist who usually adds a Rhodes piano to his kit and uses other electronic devices such as samplers and looping pedals. He has been characterized as experimental/electronica due to his use of signal-altering devices in performance to allow him to create live solo performances using keyboards, tuned percussion, and drums. Dosh has toured extensively...


Session 05 - Scott Hull - the Mastering Master

Scott Hull is a world-renowned mastering engineer and owner of Masterdisk, the country's number one mastering facility. Scott’s mastering expertise runs the gamut of modern recorded music. Equally accomplished in pop, rock, avant-garde, soundtracks, world, jazz, soul and many other areas of music, Scott is one of the most sought after mastering engineers in the industry. Here's a partial (!) discography:...


Session 04 - Faucet On

Yisroel Arye on how you making music may be essential for your well being and for the good of the world. Debut of new Brooklyn Jazz Warriors Song, "Clouds Set Sail" Recorded live at Sound Heights Records on 4/22/18. Yisroel Arye: Guitar, vocals; Eitan Corenblum: Bass; Nissan Levitin: Drums; Menachem Grossman: Guitar. Free Download Available Join us on Patreon The time has come the clouds have set sail Here with...


Session 03 - Kosha Dillz & Meir Kay - Hustle Beach

Kosha Dillz & Meir Kay drop by the Sound Heights Records Studio to record, the sit down to schmooze a bit about how to achieve success with a career in creativity. The secret: hard work and consistently (aka Hustle Beach). Kosha Dillz is a man who knows no boundaries. Born Rami Matan Even-Esh to Israeli Parents, he led a life of crime and addiction after a life of sports and competition, only to return to his craft of hip hop as an artist who was proud to represent who he truly is. Best...


Session 02 - the Sound Heights Mission

Yisroel Arye shares some of his story and the impetus behind the Podcast


Session 01 - Brian Stoltz - Unravelling the Mystery of the Secret Groove

Brian Stoltz, a virtuoso guitarist and songwriter from New Orleans, has released four solo albums, and is best known for playing throughout the 80′s with the world-renowned Neville Brothers Band and for fourteen years with The Funky Meters. Brian has performed and recorded with artists as diverse as Bob Dylan, Edie Brickell, Linda Ronstadt, Dr. John, Allen Toussaint, Jerry Garcia, Page McConnell and many more. Yisroel Arye met Brian in 2012 during the making of the Brooklyn Jazz Warrior’s...