Chai Tones Rock the Halls

Have you heard music coming from the Sanctuary on a Monday night? Have you heard musicians playing at a Saturday morning Shacharit service? Have you been to the community Tu B'Shevat festi val any of the past several years? Have you been to Simchat Torah at Temple Chai? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you have heard the Chai Tones.

The Chai Tones is a band comprised of seven musicians, mostly Temple Chai members, with diverse musical and occupational backgrounds who have one very important thing in common – the love of music. The band grew from Cantor Sharona Feller's "Simchat Torah Band," which was comprised of musicians who wanted to play for Simchat Torah. About seven years ago, a few of the members decided to keep playing together, a few more musicians were added and the Chai Tones was formed. These musicians brought with them Jewish music ranging from holiday songs to dance tunes to Klezmer to Yiddish to Ladino, all of which the band has arranged for its instrumentation and for various events. Most of the Chai Tones' seven members play more than one instrument, including drums, guitar, bass, mandolin, Irish bouzouki, woodwinds (recorder, fl ute, clarinet, saxophone, ti n whistle, etc.), and hammered dulcimer. Although their specialty is Klezmer - the heart and soul of their Jewish roots - the musicians' expertise allows them to perform jazz, country western, baroque, Irish jigs and most any form of musical art.

The band's tag line, "Music for All Occasions," sums up the Chai Tones' musical scope and range of events. From Simchat Torah at Temple Chai came requests for other events, both at the temple and in the community. During the past seven years, the Chai Tones have played for Chabad of Mesa, Temple Beth El, the Jewish Federati on of Greater Phoenix, the Phoenix Holocaust Survivors, the Phoenix Art Museum, church events, and of course, b'nai mitzvah, weddings, and other simchas. They have traveled to Tucson for a rabbi's 10th anniversary celebration and to California for Purim.

If you have heard live Klezmer music in the community, you have probably heard the music of the Chai Tones. For more information about the Chai Tones, please visit or call 602-329-0110.