Sam Broverman | A Jewish Boy's Christmas

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A Jewish Boy's Christmas

by Sam Broverman

This album is a jazzy, humorous take on the Jewish connection to Christmas music.
Genre: Holiday: Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. What's a Jew to Do on Christmas
Sam Broverman
4:37 $0.99
2. Hanukkah in Santa Monica
Sam Broverman
3:59 $0.99
3. The Christmas Waltz
Sam Broverman
2:40 $0.99
4. Coventry Carol
Whitney Ross-Barris
3:00 $0.99
5. You're Speaking Yiddish
Sam Broverman
2:03 $0.99
6. The First Noel Parody
Sam Broverman
2:32 $0.99
7. Christmas Card from a Hooker in Minneapolis
Whitney Ross-Barris
3:30 $0.99
8. Christmas Carol Parodies
Sam Broverman
5:28 $0.99
9. Swinging the Chicken
Sam Broverman
3:53 $0.99
10. The Christmas Song
Sam Broverman
2:33 $0.99
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Album Notes
A First Review of "A Jewish Boy's Christmas: by Joe Lang for Jersey Jazz Magazine:
If you would like a few smiles this Christmas, consider A Jewish Boy’s Christmas (Self-produced) by SAM BROVERMAN. Broverman mixes a few well known seasonal favorite, “The Christmas Waltz,” “Coventry Carol” and “The Christmas Song” with Tom Lehrer’s “Hanukkah in Santa Monica” and “Christmas Card From a Hooker in Minneapolis” by Tom Waits. He adds some original material, “What’s a Jew to Do on Christmas,” “You’re Speaking Yiddish” and “Swinging the Chicken” plus “The First Noel Parody” and “Christmas Carol Parodies.” The instrumental backing from Peter Hill on piano, Jordon O’Connor or Ross MacIntyre on bass, Drew Jurecka on violin and clarinet, Ernesto Cervini on drums and Ken Whitley on guitar and organ nicely complements the vocals of Broverman, and occasional contributions by vocalist Whitney Ross-Barris. For the sensitive, some of this material might not sit well, but those with a sense of humor should find it to be fun.

About The Album “A Jewish Boy’s Christmas”
For almost ten years I have been performing a cabaret show in Toronto with the title “A Jewish Boy’s Christmas”. It was initially motivated by the fact that many of the most popular Christmas songs are by Jewish songwriters (“White Christmas” – Irving Berlin, “The Christmas Song – Chestnuts Roasting” – Mel Torme, to name two). The show evolved to include more parody and comedy songs, some of which I have written.
When I perform the show, I have often been asked if there is a recording of it. This album includes many of my favorite songs from the show. There are a couple of songs that are not Christmas or Hanukah themed, but are vaguely related to the main theme of the show.
From the time I began performing the show I have had the good fortune to have the fabulous singer Whitney Ross-Barris as a guest and duet companion. We have two duets and she has two solo songs on the album. I am also very fortunate to have had pianist Peter Hill and bassist Jordan O’Connor since the outset. They can be heard on the album along with several other terrific musicians. Ken Whiteley is a multi-award winning producer, musician and songwriter. I have worked with Ken on a number of projects. I am very lucky to have had the benefit of his great musical instincts and professionalism.

Sam Broverman Bio
Sam Broverman is a Winnipeg-born, Toronto based jazz singer and songwriter. He has performed in venues across Canada, the US, Europe and Asia. He began his professional singing career in Winnipeg as a teenager, appearing in theatre and cabaret productions and also on the nationally televised shows "Hymn Sing" and "The Doug Crosley Show". Sam regularly performs in the Summer Entertainment Series at Winnipeg’s Lyric Theatre.
Sam has PhD in mathematics from the University of Manitoba. He supported his studies by working as a professional singer throughout his university years. After graduating, he moved to Toronto, where he continues to be a professor of actuarial mathematics at U of Toronto, and continues singing.
Sam has sung with the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir for many years. In 2008 he recorded a five song EP, “Five Standards” and in the spring of 2011 he released his first full jazz album, “Dream Maker, Heartbreaker: Sam Broverman sings Johnny Mercer”. Sam's second jazz album, “Leftover Dreams”, was released in the fall of 2013. It is a collection of the songs of Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen on the occasion of their 100th birthday year. His most recent album is “Feelings of Affection”, released in 2016.
Sam performs regularly in jazz venues around Toronto, including the Home Smith Bar, Jazz Bistro, Lula Lounge, The Rex, 120 Diner, Hart House at the University of Toronto and The Reservoir Lounge. In 2012 Sam created the popular show “A Jewish Boy’s Christmas”, which he has performed to sold out audiences every December since. In 2013 he appeared on the TVO show The Agenda, hosted by Steve Paikin, where he talked about and sang songs of Johnny Mercer.
One of Sam's favorite activities is songwriting, particularly parody and novelty songs. He has had the opportunity to perform some of his math-related parody songs for several math research conferences. In the summer of 2015 he was the local organizer for a conference in actuarial mathematics attended by about 250 people. Sam wrote several parody songs for that conference and recorded a CD of eight songs that conference participants received. Sam has performed these songs at various math conferences.



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