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Mike Gerber jazzes up the radio with his new show

By Candice Krieger, November 19, 2010

Journalist and author Mike Gerber is the presenter of a new show on UK Jazz Radio. Called Jazz Jews, the monthly slot, available online features a variety of Jewish-jazz fusions including klezmer and Israeli jazz.

Mr Gerber tells People: "I will also play tracks by jazz musicians who happen to be Jewish but that have no Jewish music content." American drummer Buddy Rich was on his debut show, which aired earlier this month.

Mr Gerber says: "Most shows will be playlist driven, but I hope to do interviews, cover gigs, and base items on particular themes."

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Charlotte Silver needs your vote to help her make it as the nation's next top recording artist

By Candice Krieger, November 19, 2010

Singinger Charlotte Silver needs your help.

The 22-year-old from Manchester has made it down to the final 50 in the Retail Trust's Search for a Star competition. The contest is open to people across the UK who work in retail and have a passion for performing.

The winner will record their own single and meet industry figureheads at Mercury Music Group.

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Denise Phillips takes her recipes into cyber space

By Candice Krieger, November 19, 2010

Foodies with an appetite for Jewish cooking can create their favourite dish wherever they are, thanks to JC cookery writer Denise Phillips.

She has developed iPhone app Jewish Cookery, which features hundreds of her most popular recipes. The service, which is also available for other mobile phone downloads, has been launched in conjunction with Jewish Care. Users can search for courses, styles, ingredients and photographs.

She tells People: "Everybody may be going digital with their marketing campaigns - but we all still need to eat.

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Rachel Kolsky profiles Jewish art at the National Portrait Gallery

By Candice Krieger, November 19, 2010

Be it Prime Ministers, bankers or television personalities, tour guide Rachel Kolsky is showing them off at the National Portrait Gallery in London. Next week, Miss Kolsky is running a tour of the Jewish individuals who feature in the "Your Loyal Subjects" - a selection of paintings and sculptures of prominent personalities.

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Ron Rappoport is looking for you, if you're a professional musician

By Candice Krieger, November 19, 2010

Conductor Ron Rappoport is getting ready for one of the highlights of his year - a concert by the North London Philharmonia.

Mr Rappoport is the founder of the twice-yearly concerts, which aim to provide a public platform for unknown professional soloists.

He set up the North London Philharmonia in 1998 following an impressive musical career as a conductor and musical director. Their next gig is on November 28 at St Stephen's Church in Hampstead.

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Ben Dantzic celebrates a top restaurant award

By Candice Krieger, November 12, 2010

Hats off to Ben Dantzic. Chef hats, that is.

The Glaswegian has been crowned young waiter of the year in the annual Young Chef Young Waiter competition, organised by The Restaurant Association.

Mr Dantzic, 25, is head waiter at the two Michelin-star Restaurant Andrew Fairlie in Gleneagles, where he has worked since February.

He tells People: "I love everything to do with food and wine. Being a waiter, you get to speak to lots of people and seeing the guests enjoying the restaurant experience is great."

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Sara Juli is throwing away her savings - quite literally

By Candice Krieger, November 12, 2010

Here's a tough one for you: What would you do if someone handed you their savings and said it was entirely up to you whether you wanted to keep the money or not - catch-free?

Dancer and producer Sara Juli is doing just that in her headline-grabbing show, The Money Conversation.

During the performance, Ms Juli, a mother-of-one from New York, gives away $5,000 to audience members. They can either keep it or return it by putting it in a box at the end of the show, depending on how they feel.

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Hannah Rich makes her radio debut at five years old

By Candice Krieger, November 12, 2010

At the age of five, Hannah Rich must surely be one of the nation's youngest radio stars.

A pupil at St Helen's School in Northwood, Hannah recently featured on 40 different BBC Radio stations across the UK. The programme focused on how religions are reaching out to young people.

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Suzy Glaskie is making a lot of noise in the PR world - that's with a bit of help from Wayne Rooney

By Candice Krieger, November 12, 2010

Manchester mum Suzy Glaskie is having a pretty good year.

She is the founding director of Hale-based Peppermint PR, which has picked up a top national prize. It beat off competition from leading London firm Frank PR to win the Consumer award for its Sound Asleep campaign, starring England striker Wayne Rooney as "England's Best Snorer".

The account manager was Kate Moryoussef, a member of Hale Synagogue.

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Brian Lester will help you find your lost spectacles

By Candice Krieger, November 12, 2010

Good news for glasses wearers. A new concept has been launched which can help you track down your lost specs.

Lost Glasses Recovery is the brainchild of Brain Lester, a semi-retired chartered accountant.

The service provides people with a specifically-designed identification sleeve, which is heat-shrunk to the side of a pair of glasses. The sleeve contains an identification number and the contact details of Lost Glasses Recovery.

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