Jazz in the Key of Chai

The Arizona Jewish Historical Society

2018 Cool Summer Music Series
Concert One


Jazz in the Key of Chai

Featuring Joel Robin Goldenthal and Sons With Special Guests Delphine Cortez and Stu Siefer

Sunday, July 8th at 3pm

Tickets: $15 for AZJHS Members, $20 for non-members


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What were the odds that a piano player would be blessed with 2 sons who play bass and drums? That is the case for pianist Joel Robin Goldenthal and his sons – bassist Adrian and drummer Julian.  Both sons grew up exposed to dad’s rehearsals with the likes of Francine Reed and gravitated toward the music. At the age of 9, Julian subbed on an afternoon concert gig with Francine’s band because the group’s regular drummer was unavailable. Francine said, “Let’s get Julian; he knows all of our tunes!” Adrian announced his interest in playing the bass in his early teens and the family trio was born.

 Joel has been playing in the Valley since 1975. He has an affinity and reputation for accompanying vocalists and he has worked extensively with many Valley vocalists.  Although Joel took private lessons at the age of 11 from the head of the jazz department at the Juilliard School of Music, he is predominantly a self-taught “by ear” player.

 Joel is also the executive director of Jazz in Arizona, Inc., a non-profit organization that promotes jazz presentation and youth education. Joel was a major factor in opening The Nash Jazz Performance and Education Center in downtown Phoenix in April 2012.  The Nash has revitalized the jazz scene in the Valley and is becoming a national model for engaging youth in jazz, an original American was art form. Remarkably and without precedence for a new venue, The Nash has been named to Downbeat Magazine’s List of Great Jazz Venues in The World since its first year of operation.

 Delphine Cortez sang in top jazz clubs on Rush Street in Chicago, and has been one of the most in-demand vocalists in the Valley since her arrival in the mid-80’s.  While clearly having her own style, Delphine carries on the tradition of the great ladies of jazz, such as Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, and her musical idol, Nancy Wilson. She performs with unique style and grace. International jazz journalist Patricia Myers said,

 “Delphine Cortez literally takes possession of each song so firmly that one does not think of comparing Delphine’s style to anyone else’s – Delphine sings as only Delphine can. Her voice evokes warmth and passion with remarkable depth and range.”

 Delphine and Joel’s repertoire includes standards and show tunes from the Great American Song Book, bossa novas, and select contemporary pop tunes – all treated in a unique sophisticated style.  Delphine and Joel perform annually in the Valley Jazz Divas Show at Kerr and currently appear every Saturday in The Lounge at Ziggy’s Il Posto Restaurant in North Phoenix.

Stu Siefer's musical career bagan in Detroit in the 1960s's where he played saxophone and clarinet with the Starlighters, the Classics, and the Siefer-Wells Orchestra at parties, weddings, and resorts.   After a 35 year break to pursue a career in architecture in Arizona, he had his 70 year old vintage Selmer tenor sax tuned up, and returned to his passion of playing jazz.  He presently plays in the Rural Street Klezmer Band and formed the Stu Siefer Combo 8 years ago, playing jazz at local clubs with many of the Valley's top jazz musicians.  He is a current Board Member in Jazz in AZ and a Past President of the Arizona Jewish Historical Society.   


This concert is supported in part by a generous grant from the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Phoenix
Funding also provided by the City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture


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