By Michael Hamad
10:25 AM EDT, June 17, 2013
Middletown's Buttonwood Tree becomes high-octane Black-Jewish jazz-odyssey central on Friday, when pianist Warren Byrd and the Afro-Semitic Experience, buoyed by their new-ish project Jazz Souls on Fire, head over. There's jazz interpreted as klezmer, klezmer tweaked into jazz — pretty much everything in between these two seemingly disparate (but not really) musical worlds. It's not surprising that the veteran Connecticut group are NPR darlings. But anyone with a soul — not only sweater-wearing Faith Middleton groupies — will dig the cultural mash-up.
The Afro-Semitic Experience
June 21, 8 p.m., The Buttonwood Tree, 605 Main St., Middletown, (860) 347-4957, buttonwood.org.
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