Mostly Kosher - San Jose Jazz

Mostly Kosher

Winter Series
Sun, Feb 25
4:30pm showtime (Pacific)
$40; $35 Senior/Student / Oshman Family JCC, Palo Alto

Mostly Kosher, the acclaimed klezmer/rock band, radically reconstructs Judaic and American cultural music through ravenous klezmer beats and arresting Yiddish refrains. Mostly Kosher is a musical feast that explodes into a global food-fight of jazz, Latin, rock and folk. In response to the poetry and folk music of Judaic roots, their original voice resounds with themes of social justice, human dignity and mutual understanding. Led by frontman Leeav Sofer, one of Jewish Journal's "30 under 30" most accomplished professionals in the Los Angeles Jewish diaspora, Mostly Kosher is comprised of some of the highest regarded Los Angeles musicians: violinist Janice Mautner Markham, drummer Eric Hagstrom, bassist Adam Levy, singer and keyboardist Stephanie Meyers, accordionist Gee Rabe, trombonist Bob Lawrence and Ben Tevik on clarinet and sax.

Mostly Kosher is a fixture at renowned California stages such as the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre, Skirball Cultural Center, Torrance Center for the Arts and Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center. They have also graced the stage of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion for a live television broadcast to over half a million viewers in 2015, 2017, 2019 and 2021. The ensemble has headlined multiple summer festivals including the Silicon Valley Jewish Music Festival and Claremont Folk Festival. Mostly Kosher had the honor of being the first Jewish music ensemble at the Disney parks with 2022 marking their sixth season performing during the two-month long Festival of Holidays. They were credited for "stealing the Festival of Holidays Show" by the acclaimed Fresh Baked Disney podcast. For the 2017 holiday season, Mostly Kosher added Epcot Center in Florida to their list of holiday performance venues, becoming Disney's first Jewish cultural music performed on both coasts.

The band's self-titled debut album has won international acclaim by World Music Network, Songlines Magazine and BBC radio. The first track, Ikh Hob Dikh Tsufil Lib (I Love You Much Too Much), was recognized as one of World Music Network's Top 6 Songs of 2014. Mostly Kosher kicked off their 2022 live performance schedule with a long-anticipated record release of This World is Yours on February 24th at the Skirball Museum, and a tour of Arizona beginning with the magnificent Chandler Performing Arts Center. Other performances in the 2022–2023 season include the debut of the Mostly Kosher family show, "Roots and Wings"; headlining the Ashkenaz Music Festival in Toronto, Canada, the largest Jewish and Eastern European event in the western hemisphere; and participating in "Secret Chord," a live concert taping sponsored by the UCLA Department of Music and the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia.


Folk, Global, Jazz, Rock


Janice Mautner Markham - violin Eric Hagstrom - drums Adam Levy - bass Stephanie Meyers - vocals, keyboard Gee Rabe - accordion Bob Lawrence - trombone Ben Tevik - clarinet, sax Leeav Sofer - vocals

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Oshman Family JCC, Palo Alto

A premiere performing arts location on the Peninsula, the Albert & Janet Schultz Cultural Arts Hall is a spectacular venue with retractable theater seating, a raised stage and a glass-enclosed lobby space perfect for an post-concert refreshment from the lobby bar. Garage parking is free for OFJCC members and guests. Locked bicycle parking is also available.

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