Ellis has just recorded and released Hanukkah Swings!, which he believes is the first CD to feature swing versions of classic Hanukkah songs.
The idea came to him a few years back when Ellis was in the shower and thought about doing a jazzy version of My Dreidel.
He says the music part came easy, but convincing other people it could work took years.
Hanukkah begins Friday (Dec. 15), and Ellis hopes the CD is heard in synagogues. However, he says the best compliment hes received is from non-Jewish people whove told him the music sounds good at any time of the year.
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