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Local band Ezekiel’s Wheels on the fast track

There’s nothing to get a band going like a great name. So how did the members of local klezmer quintet Ezekiel’s Wheels come up with theirs? “I kind of cheated,” says violinist Jonathan Cannon, on a conference call with clarinetist Nat Seelen and bassist Kirsten Lamb. “We were just about ready to start playing gigs, but we didn’t have a name yet. David [Symons, accordion] liked gloomy, dark-sounding names. Nat liked chipper, parade-style names. I was into the idea of mystical Jewish tradition. But I happened to be the one with the long list of klezmer contacts. And after several seemingly endless debates about what a good name would be, I just sent out an e-mail to all those contacts announcing a new band called Ezekiel’s Wheels, and it stuck. I liked the image, which I had learned about in Sunday School, Ezekiel’s vision of the chariot of God, and wheels within wheels. I tried to draw a picture of it once.”

Ezekiel’s Wheels is, in fact, on a roll. The band was named best klezmer band and won the Audience Prize at the International Jewish Music Festival in Amsterdam last October. Monday at
7 p.m. they’ll play at the Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline, and in late summer or early fall, their first CD, “Transported,” is due out.

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