4WAKO was featured in Creative Loafing Atlanta upon the release of Abdul the Rabbi. Read the story.
The 4th Ward Afro-Klezmer Orchestra is a nine-piece klezmer-funk-rock-jazz ensemble that performs original compositions and arrangements combining West African rhythms with Eastern European klezmer melodies. The 4WAKO boasts a roster of extraordinary veteran talent.
The 4WAKO is... Colin Bragg - electric guitar | Edin Beho - acoustic guitar | Jeff Crompton - alto/bari/clarinet | Nick Dixon - trombone | YaYa Brown - percussion | Noah Kess - drums | Bill Nittler - alto/bari/clarinet | Bill Pritchard - tuba | Roger Ruzow - trumpet | Tony Staffiero - tenor sax
…tunes that swing like Ellington’s jungle nights at the Apollo, carve soulfunk grooves reminiscent of Fela Kuti’s Africa ’70 and rock the bar mitzvah like there’s no Second Coming. It’s a mash-up of seemingly incompatible styles...”
Doug Deloach, Stomp and Stammer
The 4th ward Afro-Klezmer Orchestra plays exactly what the name promises, a merger of Western and African rhythms and Klezmer-influenced song styles laid down by some of the best jazz hands in Atlanta.
Chad Radford, Creative Loafing Atlanta
East Atlanta Passover Stomp is a swinging, adventurous mash-up that evokes the deep love… for the charts of Mingus and Ellington as well as studious engagement with the Jewish klezmer fool tradition…”