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Volume 77, Number 20 | October 17 - 23, 2007

The Lower East Side Traditions and Transitions
A special Villager supplement

Villager photo by Jefferson Siegel

Klezmer convention blows into town on Eldridge St.

Last Friday The Eldridge Street Project assembled more than 100 of the world’s most influential klezmer musicians for “A Great Day On Eldridge Street,” the beginning of a 10-day series of concerts, lectures and educational events. The day started with a photo shoot with the musicians standing on the steps of the Eldridge Street Synagogue, re-creating the iconic 1958 photograph of renowned jazz musicians, “A Great Day In Harlem.” The musicians and others then paraded to Seward Park for a half-hour concert. Above musicians marched east on Canal St. while playing “Bei Mir Bist Du Schein.”

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