Sunday, November 17, 2013

Cleaning out our closet....Overcoats for sale, all in very good and excellent condition (plus other clothes....scroll down):

MEN'S Down bomber jacket, lined
Brand - Royal Falcon
Size XL
Color - khaki

MEN'S Suede/leather bomber jacket
Size L (on the smallish side)
Brand - ?
Color - black

MEN'S Nubuck long jacket w/zipper and lots of pockets...warm!
Brand - MARC New York
Size L-XL
Color - warm beige w/ olive trim

MEN'S Fine wool single breasted topcoat, lined
Brand - Loutie (for Mario Caldi), made in Portugal
Size L
Color - brown herringbone

MEN'S Wool velour single breasted topcoat, lined
Brand - Jos. A. Bank, made in Italy
Size L
Color - navy

MEN'S Reversible down parka with detachable hood
Brand - ?
Size XL
Color - marine blue/black

WOMEN's wool cape
Brand - ?
Size M/L
Color - Two-tone houndstooth beige/brown

WOMEN's stylish wool overcoat
Brand - Jessica Simpson
Size - M/L
Color - Off-white

WOMEN's very stylish velvet blazer, double-breasted, lined (brand new)
Brand - Lucky Brand
Size - M
Color - salmon pink with multi-color floral embroidery

WOMEN's cashmere overcoat with hood, faux fur trim
Brand - The Coat Company
Size - L
Color - royal purple, black faux fur trim

A variety of young women's overcoats and fun jackets, sizes M-L
$10 each

A variety of men's slacks and shirts, sizes M-L; slacks are either 36" or 34" waist, 29" or 30" length. Many are in dry cleaner's bags. $10 each. Will entertain "best offers."

Contact me at for an appointment.

Lynda Kraar

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Uploaded videos (playlist)

A taste of "In the Footsteps of Django" as seen by the wonderful members of the Anchorage Concert Association earlier this week. Enjoy! See you on the road again in your town real soon! Let us know where you are. We will try to get the show to you. Contact

Sunday, August 26, 2012



Join us for....


Europe's New Gypsy Jazz Masters

- Lulo Reinhardt
- Les Doigts de l'Homme
- Sebastien Giniaux and Norig

In The Footsteps Of Django brings together the best of the new Gypsy Jazz masters of Europe—LULO REINHARDT, a third generation German master, whose group the Latin Swing Project combines Gypsy Jazz with Latin rhythms. LES DOIGTS DE L'HOMME, France's leading contemporary Gypsy Jazz group, stunning musicians with a great sense of flair and humor on stage. And NORIG, a French singer with a Celtic name and Catalan roots, and a gift for bringing out the full range of feelings in Gypsy music, who will make her American debut accompanied by the gifted SEBASTIEN GINIAUX on guitar.

Fall tour dates and ticket purchase:

More exciting announcements coming. Visit us: 

Please be sure to support our sponsors -

*** Saga Musical Instruments, featuring the Gitane Model DG 560, as used by Lulo Reinhardt
***Shubb Capos, the official capo of In the Footsteps of Django
***Savarez Strings, as used by Sebastien S├ębastien Giniaux, Les Doigts de l'Homme and Lulo Reinhardt

One lucky concertgoer who enters our draw will win a Saga Gitane DG-560 Modele Lulo Reinhardt guitar, as used by Lulo on our tour (valued at $1850). We will also be giving away one Shubb capo at each performance, as used by Lulo and the rest of guitarists on our tour. It is the most popular capo in the world today. All our musicians use Savarez strings, which have been generously provided by the company.

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

It's not too early to mark your calendars!

Sunday, April 29, 2012, 3:00 PM
Sixth Street Community Synagogue
325 E. Sixth St. (betw. 1st & 2nd Ave.), New York City, 10003
Includes 3 choruses, each with a 30-minute set.
The other 2 choruses: Cantigas Women's Choir; NYU Madrigal Singers. 
Tickets: $15 which includes a free beverage; $10 kids aged 5-12. 
Cash only, at the door.  There will be an intermission. 

Visit for more information!

Thursday, January 05, 2012



JOIN US! Lulo Reinhardt and Olivier Kikteff, two of Europe's most popular Gypsy Jazz guitarists, are the "stars" of the upcoming In the Footsteps Of Django show, touring the US in October/November 2012. They are charismatic and wildly inventive, whether playing a lightning-fast swing tune or a beautiful ballad. A rare opportunity to see them together in this prelude to our full-blown tour.
A production of Teaneck-based INTERNATIONAL MASTERS SERIES!

Contact Herschel Freeman for bookings. For more information, contact Lynda Kraar at

***We are asking all our friends in the Gypsy jazz community and beyond to help us by telling your industry friends and colleagues. Help make this tour a success so that we can continue to bring the best musicians in the world to the American stage.***


Monday, November 14, 2011

November 14, 1995.

I'm still staggered at the thought: It was 16 years ago today that I met Martin Stephen Kraar, the popular, respected, and sometimes feared executive vice president of the Council of Jewish Federations (CJF). It would be a life-altering event. I was working for the Jewish Agency for Israel. Some 4,000 Jewish communal leaders and philanthropists had gathered in Boston for the CJF General Assembly. No one could have imagined that we would be converging upon Boston to collectively mourn the tragic death of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. Throngs of people were going through the motion of coming to town for their various gatherings that week, yet the crowd was shocked and numbed from the events of the day - not knowing what to do or how to absorb the information: Israel was an orphan. We were murderers. We were victims. We were orphans. We were lost. The people of the book were speechless.

Marty was doing what he did best: Managing. A black Motorola flip cellphone glued to his ear, Marty was working on logistics for the keynote speaker at the opening plenary. Benjamin Netanyahu wanted to speak, but Shimon Peres was the president and was next in line. Marty never lost his composure. His salt and pepper wavy hair was immaculate; he dressed to the nines; he wore power casual loafers. He never broke a sweat. You could not read him. He had a secret, and you wanted to know the secret, too, so you followed him around. He oozed that charisma everywhere he went. I would never knew him not to be a fashion plate: He did not disappoint on the day I met him.

Some of you know the story - I was geting my press releases ready for the media onslaught. I made plenty of copies of my three now-famous press releases (see below). I was feeling my prowess - dressed in a velour heather-grey short-sleeved turtleneck sweater and a black velour skirt cut above the knee; patterned black hose; black pumps. Screamingly understated. Center of attention. Much as I had dressed during my music career when I was playing my fretless Fender Precision/Jazz bass every night. I was still that rock star.

As I came out of the press area, I spied Marty and walked toward him, pointing to my name tag. We stood, frozen, and then we embraced, roaring with nervous laughter. In all the time I was preparing for the GA, which had been at least six weeks, including the assassination, I had never met Marty. We heard about each other. We were supposed to be at meetings together, but I was so wrapped up in my own work that I never left the office. We were about to head into a very tumultuous and uncertain time in Jewish life, and we both knew it: The thousands of us who were there at that moment could not escape from that uneasy feeling - what Marty used to call "free-floating anxiety," which has always been felt by the Jewish people.

Here it was, again, this time in our generation - and we were ordained to figure our way out of it. This time, anyway.

The rest is commentary.