The Jewish Deli is I guess synonymous with NYC and for me the other thing that I associate with that city is music.
Harpo Marx claimed that performing on Broadway was a special thrill because, while in New York, he had “two homes-away-from-home, Lindy’s or Reuben’s.” In these delicatessens, he exulted, “I was back with my own people, who spoke my language, with my accent.”
Lindy’s cheescake (altered to Mindy’s) features in Guys and Dolls, written by Frank Loesser, that ran for 1,200 performances on Broadway in the 1950’s. But whilst the Marx brothers, Lindy’s and Reuben’s are all gone – the music as they say lives on.
Whilst only some people may have noticed, there is a soundtrack to eating at Aron’s. I’ve put together a YouTube playlist with some of the music we listen to whilst noshing on chicken soup and cheesecake. All of the music has some connection or other to Jewish artists and / or Hungary. Some of the connections are more obvious than other, so here’s some help:
- The theme to Hitchcock’s Psycho written by Bernard Herrmann.
- Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin from Woody Allen’s movie Manhattan.
- Ella Fitzgerald sings Manhattan from the Rodgers and Hart Songbook, 1956
- Abbey Lincoln sings Nature Boy written by eden ahbez (the original hippy).
- Lee Konitz performs I Remember You
- The Slim Gaillard Quartet perform Dunkin’ Bagels
- Steve Lacy (born Steven Norman Lackritz) and Mal Waldron perform The Seagulls of Kristiansund
- Cannonball Adderley – Fiddler On The Roof, 1964
- Anthony Braxton, György Szabados & Vladimir Tarasov – Black Toots from the album Triotone 2004 on Leo Records
- Krzysztof Komeda – “Ballad for Bernt” from the film Knife In The Water directed by Roman Polanski, 1962
- Teddy Charles Tentet – You Go To My Head
- Lee Morgan – Sidewinder. The biggest selling Blue Note LP
- Chet Baker performs Almost Blue. Written by Elvis Costello. Pianist Harold Dankó
- The music from Scorcese’s Taxi Driver. Written by Bernard Herrmann.
- Richard Davis – The Rabbi. From the LP The Philosophy of the Spiritual
- The Lakatos Quartet perform “8” Blues
- Jancsi Körössy – A Night In Tunisia written by Dizzie Gillespie
- The Stan Getz (Gayetski) Quintet – Split Kick written by Horace Silver
- James Brown and Martha High perform Summertime from Porgy and Bess
- Barbara Trent – Heartbreak Hotel. First performed by a world famous Sabbath Goy.
- Herbie Mann, born Herbert Jay Solomon performs Gershwin’s much covered classic
- Mary Lou Williams – It Ain’t Necessarily So (so much better than Bronski Beat’s)
- Sing Sing Sing – Benny Goodman and his orchestra recorded live in 1938 at The Carnegie (The musical hall not the deli).
So dust off that adblocker and listen to the sounds of the Jewish Deli – better still get online and check out the menu to our next event on Friday 25th May.