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4th Ward Afro Klezmer Orchestra

The 4th Ward Afro-Klezmer Orchestra is an original Atlanta musical entity; a nine piece jazz orchestra playing original compositions and arrangements that combine West African influenced rhythms with Eastern European Klezmer melodies. The 4th Ward A.K.O., led by trumpet player/composer Roger Ruzow, boasts a roster of veteran Atlanta talent which features Colin Bragg (guitar), Chris Case (keyboard), Jeff Crompton (clarinet, alto & baritone sax), Ben Davis (tenor sax & clarinet), Chip Epsten (violin). Eric Fontaine (tenor sax), Ben Gettys (bass), Keith Leslie (drums), Bill Nittler (clarinet, baritone sax), and Blake Williams (trombone)

East Atlanta Passover Stomp

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2009
Track listing: Lagos Wed. Night Talmud Meeting; Dolgo Horo; RED RAT!!; O Se Shalom; Glad You Think So (Part 2); East Atlanta Passover Stomp; 9th Ward Dirge; Sweet Auburn Mishegas; Cabbagetown Jitter.

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4th Ward Afro-Klezmer Orchestra: East Atlanta Passover Stomp

Read "East Atlanta Passover Stomp" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

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