Jazz Shabbat

Friday, April 1, 2022, 6:00PM
The Chapel at The Temple-Tifereth Israel
26000 Shaker Boulevard
Beachwood, OH 44122
Friday, September 9, 2022, 6:00PM
The Chapel at The Temple-Tifereth Israel
26000 Shaker Boulevard
Beachwood, OH 44122

Join us for a unique musical Shabbat experience! Our Rabbis and Cantor will be joined by five of Northeast Ohio’s top jazz artists:

Marshall Griffith, piano
Jack Schantz, trumpet
Paul Ferguson, trombone
Dean Newton, bass
Brian Sweigart, drums

Sponsored by the Morgenstern Family Music Fund


About The Artists

Cantor Kathryn Wolfe Sebo joined the clergy staff as the inaugural cantor of The Temple–Tifereth Israel in July 1999. Cantor Sebo has served as a cantor since 1985 and studied with renowned hazzan, Dr. Max Wohlberg (of blessed memory) of the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Cincinnati’s Conservatory of Music. In addition to her ongoing pulpit responsibilities, Cantor Sebo oversees the B’nai Mitzvah program and teaches in The Temple Religious School. She officiates in life cycle events and coordinates with the rabbis to develop and implement The Temple’s musical programming and liturgical needs for worship services. Cantor Sebo can be heard on The Temple – Tifereth Israel’s recordings, “Songs of Shabbat”, “Songs of The High Holy Days” and “Rock My Soul Shabbat.”

Marshall Griffith Dr. Marshall Griffith received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in composition from the Cleveland Institute of Music, as well as a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Indiana University. He studied composition with Eugene O’Brien, Donald Erb and John Eaton, and studied piano with Olga Radosavljevich and Wallace Hornibrook. He received the Music Teachers National Association Award in composition in 1976, and an Individual Fellowship from the Ohio Arts Council in 1987. Active as a jazz and classical pianist, Griffith has also been a soloist with the Canton Symphony, Ohio Chamber Orchestra, Cleveland Pops, Suburban Symphony, CIM Orchestra, CIM Woodwind Ensemble, Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony and CWRU Jazz Band. He is a frequent performer for benefit concerts for many organizations throughout Northeast Ohio including The Cleveland Orchestra, Piano Cleveland (formerly Cleveland International Piano Competition), Playhouse Square Foundation and CIM. In addition, he helped found and perform for Access to the Arts, an organization that presented programs for senior adults. He is also a Resident Artist for the Music and Arts Program at The Cleveland Clinic and a Community Artist for Piano Cleveland. Currently he is the pianist and Director of Music for The Temple-Tifereth Israel in Beachwood, Ohio. A frequent lecturer, he has given many presentations on jazz improvisation, classical improvisation, drama and music, Golden Section and Chiastic proportions in music, writing for percussion, writing for the inside of the piano, the solo works for violin by J.S. Bach, and Mozart’s The Magic Flute.

Jack Schantz was artistic director of the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra from 1994 to 2009. Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Akron, Jack has toured with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, the Glenn Miller Orchestra, the Artie Shaw Orchestra, and Woody Herman. He also has worked in the pickup bands of Jimmy Dorsey, Larry Elgart and Guy Lombardo. Among shows he worked: Miss Saigon, Annie Get Your Gun, Guys and Dolls, Kiss of the Spider Woman, The Color Purple and The Sound of Music. He also has performed with artists such as Mel Torme, Sarah Vaughan, Tony Bennett, Cleo Laine, Jack Jones, Nancy Wilson and Diane Schuur. He has played trumpet and flugelhorn with the Cleveland Pops Orchestra, the Blossom Festival Orchestra, the Blossom Festival Band, and the Akron Symphony Orchestra. He led the Jack Schantz Jazz Unit in the ‘90s, and in 1993 recorded Speechless under the Jack Schantz Jazz Quartet name. He also contributed to the Paul Ferguson Jazz Orchestra’s Big Band Christmas album and to Dave Morgan’s The Way of the Sly Man. Schantz earned a bachelor of arts degree in theory from the University of Akron as well as a master’s degree in trumpet.

Paul Ferguson is director of Jazz Studies at CWRU, a position he has held since 1988. As a trombonist, Paul has toured with the Glenn Miller and Tommy Dorsey Orchestras and currently performs with the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, the Canton Symphony, and the High Anxiety Bones. Active as a composer, Paul is the recipient of the 1995 Gil Evans Fellowship in jazz composition. His works are published by Kendor Music and Sierra Music Publications. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music and the University of Akron, Paul resides in Cleveland Heights.

Dean Newton has over forty years of teaching and performance experience. He holds a Master’s in Music Education and a Bachelor’s in Jazz Studies. He is currently on the adjunct faculty of the University of The Akron where he teaches Jazz Guitar, directs the Jazz Guitar/Bass Studio Class, conducts The University of Akron Jazz Guitar Ensemble and coaches Small Ensembles. Dean’s experience is vast, from the Theater Pit to the Jazz Club, and the Concert Stage with the The Cleveland Pops Orchestra, The Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, Akron Symphony Orchestra, Canton Symphony Orchestra, Youngstown Symphony Orchestra, Kent State Symphony and with members of the Cleveland Orchestra.

Brian Sweigart’s teaching has taken him to Maine, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Georgia and Kentucky, where he has taught Eu2rhythmics to all ages. In addition to teaching, he has performed as a percussionist for The Cleveland Orchestra, Ohio Light Opera Orchestra and Percussion Plus Project.