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Session 28 - Song Backstory #4 - Eagle & the Lion

Exploring the stories behind the songs. Eagle & the Lion Foreign streets you walk On your way to madness Subtle smiles you meet along the way The bird will talk expose your secret’s address She’s had it in for you since your wedding day They held you underground And made you swallow wine Spiked with turpentine And turned your walls to snakes Revealed your destiny Divined with your third eye That on the inside there was still sunshine What kind of lion would roar then flee so quickly And by...


Session 27 - Andy Statman - Steeped in Tradition

In the words of the New Yorker, "Andy Statman, clarinet and mandolin virtuoso, is an American visionary”, has appeared on more than 100 recordings, including 20 under his own name. He has recorded and/or toured with the Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, Ricky Skaggs, Béla Fleck, David Grisman, Itzhak Perlman, Vassar Clements, Stéphane Grappelli, Paul Shaffer, and Kenny Werner. A Grammy nominee, Statman has been the subject of dozens of feature articles, from the New York Times to Billboard to...


Session 26 - Craig Schatten - Thing Most Important

Craig Schatten is an educator, musician, animator and children’s apps developer. He is currently Educational Director and Classroom Teacher at Kids’ Canvas preschool in Brooklyn, NY. Craig was a Fred Rogers Early Career Fellow, a contributing author to the Speakaboos Preschool reading app, and an Educational Consultant on the PBS Preschool TV Show Space Racers. His app company, Mus-Ed, has most recently released Studio Island: Song Creator, a kids’ recording studio for learning and creating...


Session 25 - Marlon (Moshe) Sobol - Keep on Moving

Marlon Sobol is a professional percussionist and board certified music therapist who has performed extensively throughout the world. Sobol’s musical pedigree runs in the family. His father was a master clarinetist, concert producer, and educator and his mother is a concert pianist, as well as a music teacher for special learners. The younger Sobol has shared the stage with musical legends Richie Havens(Woodstock 1969), David Amram(Manchurian Candidate), and Candido Camero(2008 NEA Jazz...


Session 24 - Will Bernard - Pursuit of Happiness

Will Bernard is a jazz guitarist and band leader from the San Francisco Bay Area. He has led the Will Bernard Band, Will Bernard Trio, Will Bernard 4-tet, and Motherbug. Bernard's first major touring and recording was with Peter Apfelbaum's Hieroglyphics Ensemble. In the mid-1990s he joined guitarists Charlie Hunter and John Schott as T.J. Kirk. Their album If Four Was One received a 1997 Grammy Award nomination. Bernard also received a Grammy Award nomination for his album Party Hats in...


Session 23 - Song Backstory #3 - Perique

Exploring the stories behind the songs. Perique We got lost in the land of Perique There’s a man walking by Better cross your legs honey And reach for the sky There’s nobody here and nothing to say You can find your own pleasure without him anyway Throw up some medieval medicine to cure what ills you Got lost in the land of Perique We were just passing through You went looking for a pen With the road apple guide Watch the ceiling fan spin While the cool air divide...


Session 22 - Aaron Dugan - Lifetime Devotion

Aaron Dugan is a Brooklyn based guitarist/composer raised in Philadelphia. He studied Jazz Performance at Bucks County Community College with Ben Schachter and John Sheridan before attending the New School in Manhattan. There he studied with George Garzone, Steve Cardenas, Richie Beirach, Vic Juris, Reggie Workman, Jane Ira Bloom and others. He is a founding member of Matisyahu’s original band, touring with him for six years and co-writing/performing on five of his records released on Sony....


Session 21 - Richard "Wolfie" Wolf - In Tune

Richard “Wolfie” Wolf is an Emmy Award winning composer, multi-Platinum RIAA awarded record producer and author. He is founder and CEO of the independent production, publishing and licensing company, The Producers Lab, Inc. which provides music to hundreds of multimedia productions including some of the most popular television programs and films worldwide. His book In Tune: Music As The Bridge To Mindfulness is acclaimed as an innovative guide to contemplative practices for musicians.


Session 20 - Peter Himmelman - This Father's Day

Peter Himmelman , who Time magazine has said “writes songs with the same urgency that compelled the Lost Generation to write novels,” has long explored a variety of creative outlets. In addition to his dozen solo albums, he has recorded several children’s CDs (including the Grammy-nominated My Green Kite) and composed scores for numerous films and TV shows. Over the last several years his company, Big Muse has earned accolades in both the corporate world as well as in academia for its...


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: