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Poetry = Klezmer = Jazz

  • Jewish Community Library 1835 Ellis Street San Francisco, CA, 94115 United States (map)

Jewish Community Library / 1835 Ellis Street, San Francisco
Free event. Free parking in the building's private garage. Enter garage on Pierce Street, between Ellis and Eddy; buzz intercom for entrance. Pedestrians use gate at 1835 Ellis Street and buzz intercom for entrance.

Jake Marmer, poet and performer who has written for the page and performed for the stage, will be joined by musicians Ben Goldberg (clarinet) and John Schott (guitar) in a unique conversation that interweaves Jewish-infused words and music. 
Please note that Philip Terman was to be part of this program, but he had to cancel his trip to the Bay Area. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Ben Goldberg

Ben Goldberg grew up in Denver, Colorado. He received his undergraduate music degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz and a Master of Arts in Composition from Mills College. He was a pupil of the eminent clarinetist Rosario Mazzeo, and studied with Steve Lacy and Joe Lovano. In 2012, Ben premiered Orphic Machine, a song-cycle with lyrics from the “speculative poetics” of Allen Grossman. Ben’s other recordings include Unfold Ordinary Mind and Subatomic Particle Homesick Blues (BAG Production, 2013); Go Home (BAG, 2010); Tin Hat’s The Rain is a Handsome Animal (New Amsterdam, 2012); Speech Communication (Tzadik, 2009); Baal: The Book Of Angels vol. 15 (Tzadik, 2010); the door, the hat, the chair, the fact (Cryptogramophone, 2006); Plays Monk (Long Song, 2007); Nels Cline’s New Monastery: a view into the music of Andrew Hill (Cryptogramophone, 2006); Twelve Minor (Avant, 1998); Junk Genius (Knitting Factory Works, 1995); What Comes Before (Tzadik, 1998); and New Klezmer Trio’s Melt Zonk Rewire and Short for Something (Tzadik).

Jake Marmer

Jake Marmer is a poet, performer, & educator. His first record, HERMENEUTIC STOMP (Blue Thread Music, 2013), has featured jazz-klez luminaries Frank London, Greg Wall, Eyal Maoz, & Uri Sharlin, & brought together diverse poetic traditions, jazz, klezmer, & new & ancient improvisation techniques. It was hailed as a “soulful narrative line in counterpoint to … language-drunk abstractions” (The Jewish Week), “experience of mystic pleasures … freshly contemporary” (Shofar), & a “thought provoking debut” (All About Jazz). His poetry collection, JAZZ TALMUD, was published by Sheep Meadow Press in 2012. A doctoral candidate at the CUNY Graduate Center, he teaches at Kehillah High School in Palo Alto, where he lives with his wife & two children. He frequently contributes to the Forward & Tablet magazine, & is a cofounder of North America’s first Jewish Poetry retreat at KlezKanada Festival. For more information, see

John Schott

John Schott grew up in Seattle, where he attended Cornish College of the The Arts, studying with Gary Peacock, Jerry Granelli and Julian Priester. His CDs include In These Great Times (Tzadik), Shuffle Play: Elegies for the Recording Angel (New World Recordings), Typical OrchestraDrunken Songs for Sober Times (Smash The State!), and the forthcoming Actual Trio on Tzadik. Major musical affiliations have been documented on CDs with Junk Genius (Songlines, Knitting Factory, Victo, Tzadik), T.J. Kirk (Warner Bros., Ropeadope), The Baguette Quartette, Rova, John Zorn, and Steven Bernstein. He is at work on a book on the late music of John Coltrane. Other writings can be found at He lives with his family in Berkeley, where he teaches guitar. (Photo credit: Karen Salomon)

Co-sponsored by Lehrhaus Judaica. Co-presented by KlezCalifornia. 

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