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Feb04
J Live Returns!

J Live Returns - Reimagined!

Honoring Jon Mayers
Featuring live music and special live-streamed guest artist appearances

Just days before J Live 2020, the JCC and the Gordon Center for Performing Arts were shuttered due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are thrilled to announce that we have created a revised version of this event called JLive -Reimagined that will take place on Tuesday, May 25, at the Gordon Outdoors, the JCC’s new drive-in venue. The evening will begin with a special reception for our VIP guests. This celebratory fundraiser supports the Gordon Center’s arts education programs for children and adults and provides financial assistance to JCC children, teens, individuals, and families.

JCC Executive Director Barak Hermann says the recognition for Jon Mayers is well
deserved. “Jon is an incredible visionary and the mastermind behind Gordon...

Feb12
Meet Michael Feinstein

Michael Feinstein headlines J Live at the Gordon April 8

When Michael Feinstein moved to California at the age of 20, he went to a psychic to receive some life’s direction. A waiter at a piano bar where he was playing had suggested he do so.

“I had never been to a psychic,” he says, “And I figured $25, what the heck?”

The psychic told him that in the future he’d be singing music and be known as much for the way he “set up” songs, in addition to the way he’d be singing them. That’s exactly what Feinstein is doing today.

Feinstein’s breakthrough performance came together in the spring of 1985 when, by default, he was offered a gig at San Francisco’s Plush Room, a venue for jazz and cabaret artists.

“Someone fell out and they needed someone to do a show,” Feinstein recalls.  This was the first time he did a show where the...

Feb12
Roni Koresh and “Inner Sun” Shine Bright

Internationally-acclaimed dancer and choreographer Roni Koresh and his troupe of dancers perform at The Gordon Center February 16, 2019

Roni Koresh started dancing with his mother as a child, and was eventually discovered dancing at parties. “I fell in love with dance; it gave me an identity, defined me differently than most people,” Roni said as he and his troupe prepare for their visit.

Roni was encouraged by many to pursue dance professionally, and it quickly became not only a career path, but a true passion.

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Sep04
Compañia Flamenca Eduardo Guerrer
Introducing Eduardo Guerrero

On Thursday, October 11, 2018, the Gordon presents FLAMENCO PASIÓN, a dance performance by Compañia Flamenca Eduardo Guerrero.

Direct from Cadiz, Spain, this group of elite artists, including critically acclaimed flamenco dancer and choreographer Eduardo Guerrero himself, will captivate you with the full range emotions this temperamental and passionate Spanish dance conveys. 

Gordon artistic director Alyson Bonavoglia recently caught up with Eduardo on tour:

AB: Your choreography has been referred to as “modern and courageous,” and it has been written that you have “no limits … because [you do] not seem to need them. [You] dance the impossible.” It...

Jun20
Classic Rock Legends LIVE at the Gordon

Bluegrass, Tex-Mex, Surf Rock and Folk – this Summer and Fall the Gordon’s got it all!  

Donavon Frankenreiter
Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at 7:30 pm

You’ll be digging the soft, soulful, surf-rockin’ groove of Donavon Frankenreiter and his album, "The Heart," as the singer-songwriter's marks the start of his second decade as a solo recording artist. It's been over ten years since the release of the former Jack Johnson protégé’s debut, and in that time

Frankenreiter has grown, not only as a musician, but as a man, raising a family and nurturing two creative careers – “one onstage and one in the waves.”

Arlo Guthrie
Saturday, October 6, 2018 at 8:00 pm...

Dec13
Jonah Platt
J LIVE welcomes Jonah Platt

Actor, musician, and writer Jonah Platt will bring a powerful dose of soulful singing and timely comedic relief to the Gordon Center on March 3, 2018, as he and his band headline our 2nd annual J Live at the Gordon fundraising gala to benefit need-based scholarships for JCC children and teens.

Jonah has appeared on the stages of Broadway, Carnegie Hall, and the Hollywood Bowl; Philadelphia’s Trocadero, Palestra, and Wells Fargo Center; and LA’s Catalina Jazz Club, Roxy, Whisky A-Go-Go, and Troubadour. As a Hollywood writer, he has written for Fox’s Family Guy and NBC’s Parks and Recreation.

Jonah’s work as an actor spans nearly 20 years of stage, screen, and (web) streaming. He spent last year starring as “Fiyero” in the smash Broadway musical, Wicked....

Jan04
Laughin’ Out Loud with Judy Gold

On Saturday night, January 28th, the Gordon plays host to an uproarious night of humor with comedian, actor, and writer Judy Gold.

Winner of two Emmy awards for writing and producing The Rosie O’Donnell Show, Judy has had stand-up specials on HBO and Comedy Central and has written and starred in two critically acclaimed, Off-Broadway hit shows.  She has also had guest-starring roles on multiple sit-coms including Louie, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, The Jim Gaffigan Show, Inside Amy Schumer, 30 Rock, and 2 Broke Girls, and has a recurring role on the upcoming new TBS series, Search Party. Read Judy’s full bio.

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Oct28
This is not your ordinary chamber!

You pick the set list, then SHUFFLE goes to town! 

SHUFFLE, a hot young group of New-York based chamber musicians and vocalists, takes to the Gordon stage Saturday night, December 3, 2016, at 8:00pm. This modern day chamber group puts on an unexpected, inspiring and energetic concert in which the audience chooses the tunes.

SHUFFLE’s members are exceptionally accomplished; they are graduates of such schools as Juilliard, New England Conservatory, Oberlin, Manhattan School of Music and Bard College and have all individually won numerous prizes and have performed extensively as soloists and collaborative musicians throughout the world. Their roster is as follows:

Eliran Avni

Eliran Avni is SHUFFLE’s artistic director and pianist. The SHUFFLE concept was born...

Oct11
Keeping it Real

Singer/songwriter Cris Jacobs is the former front-man for the legendary Baltimore band The Bridge, a roots rock band. He will be performing live at the Gordon Center Saturday, November 5 with his solo band, following a set by Amy Helm & the Handsome Strangers.

Cris is doing a deep dive with his music and lyricism these days, “looking for more meaning and emotionality to come through in my songwriting, and infusing my songs with greater relevance,” he says.

If you know Cris’s roots, you might be expecting an eclectic set of blues, country, rock, and bluegrass November 5, but “it will be all those things but not one,” he says.  “I love so many different kinds of music – I can’t say I want to be blues, or rock, or bluegrass alone. I aspire to write something of substance, as opposed to when I was a...

Oct10
by admin
Israeli Radio LIVE at the Gordon

We speak with the founder of Israel Story about this popular Israeli podcast. 

Coming to the Gordon on November 7 at 7:30pm, Israel Story LIVE uses the timeless power of stories to provide an intimate glimpse of modern Israeli life. In a dazzling combination of radio-style storytelling, music, singing, video, and other mixed media magic, Israel Story LIVE tells the stories of Israelis from all over the country.

Last week the editors of J Blog had an opportunity to catch up with Mishy Harman, the founder of Israel Story:

1. Where did the idea for Israel Story...