Celebrating Christmas and Hanukkah, through jazz

But Sunday's concert will have an additional feature, as well: a tribute to Dave Brubeck, who died Wednesday morning, one day shy of his 92nd birthday.

Brubeck's work looms large in any jazz musician's life, but especially so in Mizrahi's, for he performed with Brubeck several times in the pianist-composer's epic oratorio "The Gates of Justice," including an indelible rendition at Anshe Emet in 1993. "Gates" poetically explores the common roots of Jewish and African-American culture, making Brubeck a cultural hero to both communities.

"The piece was obviously a synergy of Afro-American and Jewish music," says Mizrahi, who will perform "Lord, Lord" from "Gates" during Sunday's concert.

In addition, Levy and Trio Globo will take on Brubeck's "Blue Rondo a la Turk."

"We became close," says Mizrahi of his collaborations with Brubeck. "And to actually have him in the synagogue – I don't have the words. People heard that Dave Brubeck was coming to our synagogue – they couldn't believe it.

"I have met less than a handful of people of Dave's genius and stature," adds Mizrahi. "But it was his humanity that was so incredible.

"Between his genius and his humanity, you didn't know what to admire more."

Amen to that.

"Matzah to Menorah: A Holiday Jazz Celebration" will begin at 4 p.m. Sunday at Anshe Emet Synagogue, 3751 N. Broadway; $18-$36; children age 17 and under are free; 773-281-1423 or ansheemet.org.

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