To our Friends and Fans,

We have sad news.  Our friend, Stacy Phillips, a man who was many, many things, including a Grammy award winner, a Bluegrass legend and a founding member of the Nu Haven Kapelye, died, Tuesday, June 5 around 9:30.  He was 74 years old. He experienced a massive heart attack on Sunday and from then on it was just a matter of time.  He was surrounded by his family, his sister and his niece and nephew.  Stacy was his own person and that was reflected in the life he led as a musician.  He was a part of the Nu Haven Kapelye from the very first December 25 concert ever held. Stacy wrote arrangements of old Klezmer songs for us. He mentored everyone, whether we wanted it or not!!  And he was an incredible teacher for our newbie members.  Whenever someone wanted to learn more about Klezmer and Eastern European Jewish music Stacy would send them YouTube videos or little charts.  He brought something to this group that we are never going to forget and that we will sorely miss.  It is hard to believe he is dead. There is a great obituary about Stacy in the New Haven Independent.

On Sunday, June 10, we participated in a musical memorial for Stacy at Café 9 in New Haven.  We were joined by so many other musicians, bands, students, and fans who all paid tribute to him.  There’s a great article about that event in the New Haven Independent

Zichronoh l’vrachah  May his memory be a blessing

Sholom Aleichem.  This is the official web site for The Nu Haven Kapelye, a very, very big Klezmer group based in the greater New Haven community.  Founded in 1998, we play at simchas including weddings and b’nai mitzvahs, senior centers, pubs, music theaters, and festivals, including an annual December 25th community concert and the International Festival of Arts and Ideas in New Haven. The Nu Haven Kapelye is directed by David Chevan and membership is open to anyone in the community.


Our winter hours in the studio in 2015 have produced our first album, What's Nu? which is now available on our music page!  Watch the preview above. Or take a step back and experience our first day's recording session through this time lapsed recording made by drummer Jay Miles.
In the past few weeks the press has been talking up our new CD. 

Click here to read an article in the New Haven Independent about the emergence of a Klezmer scene in New Haven. We are one of the bands profiled in the story.

Click here to hear a story about the band and our annual December 25 concert that was aired on December 22 on WNPR.

The New Haven Register ran an interview with David Chevan about the CD and our December 25 concert.

Or click here to read a piece in Radio Sefarad, from Spain, that calls our group, La Super Big Band del Klezmer!!

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Previous events


Nu Haven Kapelye at the Rough Draft

The Rough Draft, 295 Treadwell Street, Hamden

Come celebrate the return of Klezmer to Hamden as the Nu Haven Kapelye plays at the all new Rough Draft. The Rough Draft is a new restaurant and bar that is keeping alive the community music spirit that was at the core of the Space complex established by Steve Rodgers. It’s in the building that housed the Space and it’s run by local school teachers and most of the staff worked with Steve in the Outer Space and the Space. The address for the Rough Draft is 295 Treadwell Street. Music begins at 7:30 pm and goes until the dancing ends!! And there’s room in Rough Draft for Klezmer dancing!!!


Hannukah Edition: David Chevan's Klezmer Jam

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The Outer Space, 295 Treadwell Street, Hamden

It's the first night of Hanukkah and the Nu Haven Kapelye and David Chevan are hosting a night of latkes, Klezmer, and Hanukkah songs along with our notorious spin the dreydel contest!! Come to the Outer Space for a joyous happy evening to start the Hanukkah season off right!! Musicians are welcome to sit in and learn this wonderful rich musical tradition


Best Video Fundraising Gala at the Outer Space

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Ballroom @ the Outer Space, Treadwell Street, Hamden, CT

We'll be playing along with a wide array of other local bands at the fundraising event for Best Video at the Outer Space Ballroom. Great music for an important cultural resource that most communities don't have. Help keep Best Video alive and kicking!!


David Chevan's Klezmer Jam

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The Outer Space, 295 Treadwell Street, Hamden

A semi monthly Klezmer jam hosted by David Chevan and featuring members of the Nu Haven Kapelye and any community members who would like to come and learn to play this music or would like to come and enjoy listening to it, singing along with the band or dancing to our rollicking sounds. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced player you are always welcome to come and play with us.


Annual December 25 Family concert of Jewish music

Congregation Mishkan Israel, 785 Ridge Road, Hamden CT

Come join us for an afternoon of Jewish music and song. Dance, sing, and have a great time on someone else's holiday!!! No, wait!! its Hannukah! So we will also be celebrating!! Come on down and let's have us a party and a concert.


Nu Haven Kapelye CD release event in New York

Jalopy Theater and School of Music, 315 Columbia Street, Brooklyn

Our New York debut!!! We are giving a workshop at 6:30. Please bring your instrument and we will provide you with some of our music and teach some of what we do and then you are very welcome to sit in on the concert for those tunes!! And please come join us at the concert at 8:30 when we share our music in New York for the first time.