Pop music

Jewish singers Haim tipped as Sound of 2013

By Jennifer Lipman, January 4, 2013

A trio of Jewish singers from Los Angeles is being tipped to dominate the 2013 music industry.

Sisters Danielle, Este and Alana, who together make up the soft rock group Haim – the band is named after their surname – topped the BBC's annual "Sound of" poll this week. Past winners of the award have included Jessie J and Adele.


Happy Chanucah from Matisyahu

By Anna Sheinman, December 12, 2012

Formerly Chasidic Jewish rap/reggae star Matisyahu has released a single to raise money for victims of Hurricane Sandy.


Alanis Morissette performs in Tel Aviv

By Jennifer Lipman, December 4, 2012

Alanis Morissette defied boycott campaigners and took to the stage in Israel last night.

The Canadian star, who has won seven Grammy awards in her career, was urged not to keep the Israel concert as part of her international tour, in protest against the political situation.


Boycotters target Alanis Morissette over Israel show

By Jennifer Lipman, November 30, 2012

Canadian singer Alanis Morissette is being targeted by supporters of a cultural boycott of Israel over her plan to perform in the Jewish state.


Stevie Wonder pulls out of Israel fundraiser after boycott pressure

By Jennifer Lipman, November 30, 2012

Stevie Wonder has bowed to political pressure and pulled out of a fundraising concert in Los Angeles in support of the Israeli Defence Forces.


Vantage Point: I was there when The Beatles played a Jew do

By Gerald Jacobs, October 11, 2012

Whatever one feels about the current 50th birthday of the Beatles’ first single being celebrated somewhat more widely — and wildly — than the 90th anniversary of T S Eliot’s The Waste Land and James Joyce’s Ulysses (not to mention Aaron’s Rod by D H Lawrence and Jacob’s Room by Virginia Woolf), there is no denying the 1960s’ evocative power.


Singer-songwriter Jessie Ware nominated for Mercury Prize

By Marcus Dysch, September 13, 2012

Singer-songwriter Jessie Ware has been nominated for the prestigious Mercury music prize.

Ms Ware, a former intern at the JC, is on the 12-strong shortlist for the album of the year award alongside leading industry names including Plan B, Richard Hawley and The Maccabees.


Review: Leonard Cohen

By Jenni Frazer, September 13, 2012

Ten years after he came down from his mountain-top Buddhist monastery, Leonard Cohen embarked, for financial reasons, on a series of concert tours whose astonishing success must have exceeded even his wildest expectations. From Tel Aviv to Tokyo, he plundered his back catalogue and played to ecstatic critics and audiences.


Jewish John Lennon hits the West End

By Anna Sheinman, September 11, 2012

Let It Be is not the first musical tribute show to hit the West End. It’s not even the first to star Birmingham born Reuven Gershon, who before joining the Fab Four at the Prince of Wales Theatre played Buddy Holly in the imaginatively named Buddy. But the actor says there is no danger of audiences getting bored.


Jessie Ware - Running

August 24, 2012

Former JC intern Jessie Ware's single Running