12 June @ 3.00 pm - 4.00 pm
Alan Dein presents the remarkable story of long-forgotten Jewish-themed jazz 78rpm discs recorded in London between the 1920s and the 1950s. A vibrant soundtrack to the Cockney Jewish experience, when the swinging hot dance bands were still all the rage, and the Yiddish language was spoken on the streets of Whitechapel. This was the time when the area was a fertile breeding ground for singers, songwriters, conductors, and cantors to musicians, managers, proprietors of record shops and club owners, whose stories are now entwined with the development of the British recorded music industry.
A talk centred on the contribution of Jewish refugees to the Armed Forces will bring to life some of their extraordinary stories of courage and defiance using images, memories and objects.