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A nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

A nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

Joel Ferber plays from home with his dog Winnie by his side.

Live! From the couch: Musicians extend their creativity to perform in a time of pandemic

Bill Motchan, St. Louis Jewish Light April 14, 2020

In our strange new reality, working at home has become not just an option but a mandate for many. That is particularly challenging in some professions. Consider the plight of professional musicians. Their bread and butter is performing before a live...

St. Louis bass player Simon Chervitz.

Bassist juggles multiple bands and diverse genres

BY ERIC BERGER, STAFF WRITER January 24, 2019

Simon Chervitz plays bass guitar in so many local bands, it makes you wonder how he manages to keep the rhythm. There’s the Cara Louise Band (Americana); Defeated County (indie-rock); Spatula (prog-rock); and Illphonics (hip-hop fusion). Plus “a tap...

Mandolin player Joel Ferber has been performing bluegrass music for more than 30 years. Photo: Bill Motchan 

Transplant St. Louisans dive deep into blues, bluegrass

By Bill Motchan, Special to the Jewish Light September 27, 2018

St. Louis fans of bluegrass or the blues are likely to have heard two accomplished Jewish musicians playing gigs around town. Joel Ferber and Ethan Leinwand both grew up on the East Coast, but they settled in the Midwest.Ferber, 59, is a Long Island native...

‘Bang: The Bert Berns Story’ looks at the life of Bert Berns, a songwriter and record producer from the 1960s whose hits included Twist and Shout,” Hang On Sloopy,” Here Comes The Night and Piece Of My Heart. 

Songwriter, producer of top ’60s hits is focus of documentary

By Eric Berger, Staff writer June 1, 2017

When you listen to songs like “Are You Lonely For Me Baby?” and “Cry Baby,” you are getting a sense of legendary songwriter and music producer Bert Berns’ sadness, according to the famous musicians interviewed in a new documentary, “Bang!...

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