The Premier Jewish Music & Cultural Experience

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"It was wonderful to hear Chicago's Maxwell Street Klezmer Band cut loose so exuberantly…(They) brought the audience to its feet, cheering its approval."

-John von Rhein, Music Critic, Chicago Tribune,

Review of "Klezmer Rhapsody," Chicago Symphony Center

What We Bring to Your Audience 

  • 37 years of experience as Chicago's original Klezmer revival band since 1983

  • Master musicianship and engaging entertainment

  • Programs tailored to audiences of all ages and backgrounds

The Maxwell Street Klezmer Band has charmed audiences from Carnegie Hall to the Barbican Centre in London with their unique Klezmer Big Band sound. Classical sophistication crossed with theatrical fun meet in a world-class performance filled with joy, soul, and good humor.   

Weddings & Special Events: From ceremonies to Horas and Danceleading, from Big Band to Rock and Roll...we ensure everyone has a wonderful time. Smaller ensembles can perform for your anniversary party, birthday party or special event. 

Concerts: From a quartet to a big band, Maxwell Street will compliment your concert series. To find out more, click here

Educational Programming: From school concerts to colleges and senior homes, our workshops and educational concerts are sure to entertain, engage and educate.

The Klezmer Music Foundation and its groups (Maxwell Street Klezmer Band, the Junior Klezmer Orchestra, the Salaam-Shalom Music Project, and three congregational bands) have been financially affected by almost two years of limits on public gatherings.

The livelihood of our musicians is based upon our public performances, including concerts, celebrations, community work in schools and senior homes, and other events, which were all on hold until recently. I am appealing to those who can to make a tax-deductible donation that will go directly to our musicians to help them recover from this crisis--and keep the music going well into the future.  Suggested donation is $18, or any amount that you can. Click the Donate button below and type MUSICIAN RECOVERY FUND into the memo box.  We will email you a tax letter and (as a gift from the band) an mp3 track from one of our CDs, to add a little cheer to your day.

Thank you for keeping the music and the musicians alive!

Lori Lippitz, Director
Klezmer Music Foundation
Maxwell Street Klezmer Band
Salaam-Shalom Music Project