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When Nina Simone Sang Jewish Songs

A while back, we professed our love for the great jazz pianist and vocalist, Nina Simone, especially when she played “Eretz Zavat Chalav.” Now, as a new documentary on Ms. Simone’s life has come out on Netflix, Forward’s Victor Wishna looks at when Nina sang Jewish songs:

Barely 30 when she made her solo debut at Carnegie Hall in the spring of 1963, the sold-out show in New York City heralded her arrival as “the High Priestess of Soul.” The set list, however, revealed the diversity of her musical influences and inclinations: Among the mix of jazz, gospel, blues and folk were Jewish and Hebrew melodies, including “Od Yishama,” “Eretz Avat Chalav” and a couple of instrumentals listed as “Shalom Shabat”and “Vaynikehu”…

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