Joel Bresler

250 E. Emerson Rd.
Lexington, MA 02420 USA

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Research interests

Ongoing work compiling a comprehensive discography of commercial Sephardic recordings, 78 r.p.m.-era to the present, worldwide.

Also interested in the use of new media technology (online bibliographic databases, CD ROMs, Web search engines, mailing lists, newsgroups, etc.) in discographic research.

Web Site:

This website showcases over 100 years of recorded Sephardic music, from the 78 rpm era to the present. It first explores in detail the earliest Sephardic recordings, the artists that made them, and their repertory and performance practices.

The site next covers the second half-century of recorded Sephardic music, touching on the amazing outpouring of Sephardic recordings and the diverse performing styles used in these recordings.

Appendices include a discography of Sephardic 78s ordered three different ways:

The site will ultimately also include a comprehensive discography of all modern era recordings (from the LP era onward), with over 10,000 song samples covering virtually the entire recorded corpus of Sephardic music.


Joel Bresler is a technology and publishing executive with over 25 years experience at leading corporations and new ventures in general management, business development and fundraising. Hobbies include discographical and historical research. His other musical research site may be found at