Biographies

Read the biographies and discover the works of the people involved with Jewish music.

Jean Bécache (1911-1985)

The Bécache dynasty : from rabbi to musician Jean Bécache’s grand-father, Shalom Bécache, is born in Bombay in 1848. He was native from Bagdad and spoke Arabic from Iraq. During a pilgrimage to (…) Read more

Bernard Potock

We know very little about Bernard Potock. Beginning in 1938, he played the trumpet in Stanislaw Laudan’s jazz orchestra “Banda” in Krakow, Poland. He spent the Second World War in the USSR, where (…) Read more

Richard Inger (about 1915-1980)

Richard Inger was born on January 2, 1915 in Germany. He studied singing in Vienna. In 1942, he was deported to a concentration camp and owed his survival to his vocal talent. After the (…) Read more

Henri Gerro (vers 1919-1980)

Henri Gerro (Roizman) was born on August 31, 1919 in Rovno (Volhynia Province), nowadays in Ukraine. He began performing on the Polish stage at the age of 12. After the war, he emigrated to Paris (…) Read more

Jules Franck (1858 - 1941)

Jules Franck is born in the French town Nancy in 1858. A few years later, his family settles in Paris (1). In January 1873, Jules Franck sings with his brothers Gustave and Isaac in the choir of (…)
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Alphonse de Villers (around 1845 ? – after 1896)

We know almost nothing about Alphonse de Villers’s life. His name comes up a few times in the archives of the Israeli Consistory of Paris. It seems that he was born around 1845. He is organist and (…)
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Emile Waldteufel (1837 - 1915)

Born into a Jewish family of Strasbourg, Emile Waldteufel was the favorite composer of empress Eugénie. He wrote hundreds of waltzes, including the famous Valse des patineurs (The Skater’s Waltz) (…) Read more

Jacques Offenbach (1819 - 1880)

Emblematic composer of the second half of the 19th century, Jacques Offenbach is the son of Isaac Eberst, musician and cantor in the synagogue of Cologne. Read more

Cheikh Raymond (1912-1961)

Master of Arab-Andalusian music, Cheikh Raymond is a symbol of Judeo-Arab brotherhood which expressed itself through music between the years 1930 and 1950. His assassination by the National (…) Read more

Marlène Samoun

Born in Tlemcen in Algeria, Marlène Samoun is a French singer specialized in traditional music from the Mediterranean, especially Judeo-Spanish music. Her repertoire also comprise songs in Arab, (…)
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Henri Gerro (vers 1919-1980)

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Richard Inger (about 1915-1980)

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