Andy Statman/OTSFM

From June ’08 Spotlight: When Andy Statman started his set at the Old Town School of Folk Music on March 30, I’ll confess I was confused. I came expecting Klezmer and I didn’t immediately warm to his clarinet improvisations. But the more he played, the deeper his hold became, and by the end I was mesmerized. His New Age stylings have profound Jewish roots, and it’s easy to imagine him in Hassidic garb, playing at a wedding in a 19th Century shtetl.

Statman’s next Chicago appearance will be at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie on Monday, June 30. Call 773.262.2770 for tickets or visit

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