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4th Ward Afro Klezmer Orchestra

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Born: August 15    Primary Instrument: Composer/conductor

The 4th Ward Afro-Klezmer Orchestra is an original Atlanta musical entity; a nine piece jazz orchestra playing original compositions and arrangements that combine West African influenced rhythms with Eastern European Klezmer melodies. The 4th Ward A.K.O., led by trumpet player/composer Roger Ruzow, boasts a roster of veteran Atlanta talent which features Colin Bragg (guitar), Chris Case (keyboard), Jeff Crompton (clarinet, alto & baritone sax), Ben Davis (tenor sax & clarinet), Chip Epsten (violin). Eric Fontaine (tenor sax), Ben Gettys (bass), Keith Leslie (drums), Bill Nittler (clarinet, baritone sax), and Blake Williams (trombone)...
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Awards:

Creative Loafing Best of Atlanta 2009 Critic’s Choice:Best Jazz Band
East Atlanta Passover Stomp (2009)

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East Atlanta Passover Stomp
Self Produced (2009)

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