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The 4th Ward Afro Klezmer Orchestrareview by jaypaul
Way more sophisticated than the CD name or comic book cover art might suggest… This 9 member band led by music teacher, trumpet player, & lead songwriter Roger Ruzow plays polished music that beautifully combines elements of jazz, balkan folk, Gypsy, klezmer, rock, & more. Surprisingly fine!
4th Ward AKO includes Roger Ruzow (trumpet, lead songwriter), Jeff Crompton (alto sax, clarinet), Bill Nittler (baritone sax, clarinet), Tony Staffiero (tenor sax), Colin Bragg (electric guitar), Edin Beho (acoustic guitar), Chris Riggenbach (upright bass), Noah Kess (drums), & Nick Dixon (Trombone).