Elana Salzman has spent her life immersed in Jewish music, having Yiddish songs sung to her as a child and singing Israeli songs from a young age. A versatile vocalist with both classical and theatrical training, she was a soloist in the Arbel Chorale and Anna Crusis Women's Choir, and has sung and played in jazz and Hawaiian trios as well as old-time and Irish groups. Prior to joining the Moody Jews of Boise, she performed and recorded with the Lafayette Klezmorim, the oldest and longest-running klezmer band in Indiana. When she is not singing with the Moody Jews, she can be seen playing with the acoustic roots duo Briar Boots, or chasing after her two young klezmorim in training.
Oliver Thompson started playing classical violin as a kid and progressed to bluegrass, blues and rock and finally jazz when he earned a B.A. in Music from San Jose State University. While studying East Indian music in the San Francisco Bay area, he started to develop his interests in world music styles. He has recorded with several artists including Bob Culbertson, Mondo Raga Samba, Amuma Says No, and Steve Fulton. In addition to performing and recording with The Moody Jews of Boise, Oliver currently plays in Serenata Orchestra and with the Basque group Kalimotxo Cowboys.
Jared Sene is the band and orchestra director at Lone Star Middle School in Nampa, Idaho. He also teaches private classical trombone lessons and jazz bass lessons to beginning through advanced students. As a bassist and trombonist, he plays around the Treasure Valley and has had the opportunity to tour the Northwest playing bass and trombone. Jared is currently a member of the David Gluck Band, the Moody Jews, and the Treasure Valley Swing Band. Besides making and teaching music, Jared enjoys golfing, researching useless information about cars, and spending time with his wife, Adriana, who is also a music teacher in Nampa.
Danny Beal has has performed music his whole life, touring the greater Northwest. During his career, he has made people smile with Bach, Rock and anything else you could want to hear on a piano. You can catch Danny Friday nights at the Brickyard in downtown Boise.
Grant Green is an accomplished world percussionist, specializing in Latin hand percussion and rhythm. You can catch him performing from Boise to Seattle with a variety of groups.
Taggart Lewis is a clarinet teacher and performer. He plays in Serenata Orchestra and Afrosonics. He started playing klezmer when his dad raved about this crazy genre and began listening to as many albums as he could get his hands on from the local library. Taggart is proud to share klezmer with klezmer lovers and not-yet klezmer lovers alike!
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