The Sway Machinery played a special Hanukah show at New York’s Drom last night. Dubbed “Vodka & Latke,” the show was part of the annual city-wide New York Yiddish Music Festival and also featured appearances by Zhenya Lopatnik, Pete Rushefsky, The Brothers Nazaroff and the YNY All-Stars, among others.
With saxophonist Matt Bauder unable to make the gig, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings/Robert Walter’s 20th Congress saxophonist Cochemea “Cheme” Gastelum joined singer/guitarist Jeremiah Lockwood, drummer John Bollinger, Antibalas trumpeter Jordan McLean, Antibalas bassist Nikhil Yerawadekar and guitarist Timothy Allen throughout the set. The vocal group Hydra also augmented The Sway Machinery during their performance, which included takes on “Rachamana D’Onay,” “Ahavas Olam,” “All The People,” “Adiray Ayumah,” “Yoh Ribon,” “Menuchoh V’simcha,” “Kol M’Kadeish,” “Yom Zeh M’chubod,” “Ya’ale” and “Azamer Beshivho,” as well as four of their own selections.
While in New York, on December 26 the West Coast-based Lockwood also offered the East Coast debut of his new project with Jewlia Eisenberg, The Book of J, at the Town & Village Synagogue as part of the festival. He will pay tribute to his mentor Carolina Slim at Brooklyn, NY’s Jalopy Theatre and School of Music this evening. McLean will debut his new project Armo at Bar LunAtico tomorrow.