Description: For saxophonist Jacques Schwarz-Bart, jazz has been a lens through which he makes sense of the world around him. A native of Guadeloupe, Schwarz-Bart has led projects inspired by Gwoka music from his homeland, Voodoo traditions from Haiti, and spiritual music from Cuba. Schwarz-Bart’s latest project finds him exploring yet another folkloric tradition—Jewish liturgical music.
Schwarz-Bart remembers being moved to tears by Jewish liturgical chants throughout his childhood, and as a tribute to his father, selected several chants for jazz treatments. One example is Schwarz-Bart’s version of “Oseh Shalom,” a solemn prayer for peace, filled with joyful energy.
Description adapted from http://www.jazzspeaks.org/the-jazz-gallery-presents-jacques-schwarz-bart-and-the-jewazz-project/