Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Last January we posted two videos of New York subway and street musician Isaiah Richardson Jr. performing his unique saxophone dance to a variety of Jewish tunes. This week an alert subway rider with a smartphone captured his latest subway platform solo, hopping around while playing a medley of Hanukkah songs.
As we pointed out in January, Richardson is no ordinary street musician. He is an alumnus of the Juilliard School, the High School of Music and Art and the Performing Arts, and the United States Marine Corps Band.
The 32-year-old Bronx saxophonist, who also plays a mean clarinet, specializes in anthems and tunes from many countries and nationalities, and can quickly launch into an appropriate set whenever he encounters a recognizable ethnic group from one of his perches at the Metropolitan Museum of Art or a convenient subway platform.
(A SPECIAL NOTE FOR NEW EMAIL SUBSCRIBERS: THE VIDEO MAY NOT BE VIEWABLE DIRECTLY FROM THE EMAIL THAT YOU GET EACH DAY ON SOME COMPUTERS AND TABLETS. YOU MUST CLICK ON THE TITLE AT THE TOP OF THE EMAIL TO REACH THE JEWISH HUMOR CENTRAL WEBSITE, FROM WHICH YOU CLICK ON THE PLAY BUTTON IN THE VIDEO IMAGE TO START THE VIDEO.)