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  • Forward Newspaper Online
    songs to the hilarious South Park tune It s Hard To Be a Jew on Christmas But Jewish heavy metal Surf music Oy By far the most professional of this recent crop of shtickmeisters is also the funniest Yiddishe Cup Jewish head a band that has been on the concert wedding and bar mitzvah circuit since 1988 These guys know their Borscht Belt history and Meshugeneh Mambo should be a treat for anyone who longs for the over the top ridiculous humor of that bygone era When deep into the record lead singer Alan Douglass intoned Space the final mishegoss over a Theremin fueled riff on the original Star Trek theme I laughed out loud And I laughed again when he said with Shatnerian pomposity that his mission is to seek out new buffet lines and dessert tables to boldly go where no Jew has gone before From reciting the motzi blessing to the tune of I am a Man of Constant Sorrows renamed I am a Man of Constant Blessings to the title track written in 1952 but expanded with new lyrics e g Step step side señora you won t find this in the Torah Meshugeneh Mambo is just plain funny If you re looking for subtlety sophistication irony keep looking Luckily there s more to life than irony So nu schmear yourself some chopped liver and give a listen In the post Seder haze induced by an excess of wine matzo potato kugel and gefilte fish it all came together said Meshugga Beach Party big macher Mel Waldorf on the band s Web site The parting of the Red Sea and the curling of The Bonzai Pipeline The sands of the Sinai and the waves at Waikiki Fans of the movie Pulp Fiction have long noted the

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  • The Jewish Week
    their music definitely The heavy metal doo wop James Bond version of My Yiddishe Mama is worth the price of admission by itself I can t imagine what they are like on stage but I m sure the American Psychiatric Association is watching closely Available from www Yiddishecup com Rating YYYY ½ Neshama Carlebach Journey Sameach There was never much doubt that Neshama could carry on her father s legacy The real question was whether she could extend it and make it her own Reb Shlomo cast a long shadow This CD her best to date answers the question with a powerful affirmative Most of the songs are by Reb Shlomo but the interpretations are distinctive and original Neshama is in fine voice with a smokier more expressive sound than ever Darker and a bit more brooding than any of Shlomo s records a terrific recording Rating YYYYY The Catskill Klezmorim The Well Tempered Klezmir Divine Noise Solid mainstream klezmer with a strong jazz flavor Capably played and a lot of fun Available from seleskyr hartwick edu Rating YYY ½ Counterpoint When The Rabbi Danced Songs of Jewish Life from the Shtetl to the Resistance Albany Records Classical inflected performances of program of Yiddish chestnuts by Counterpoint a vocal ensemble directed by Robert Cormier who has been an integral part of the preservation of the Terezin legacy Studied precise but a bit lifeless Rating YY½ Golem Homesick Songs Aeronaut From the opening speeded up chords of Odessa you have a pretty good idea that this is not your father s klezmer band Unless of course your father was Sid Vicious A wildly entertaining set that re imagines traditional tunes in a kaleidoscope of styles from brass band to café tango to three chord thrash Jazz Passenger stalwart Curtis Hasselbring brings the funk with his trombone and vocalists Annette Ezekiel and Aaron Diskin twist all night And just when you thought nobody could do anything new with Rumenia they do Not for the kiddies but a load of fun Rating YYYYY Ayelet Rose Gottlieb Internal External Genevieve This light voiced Israeli jazz diva is strongly influenced by Jeanne Lee and Betty Carter in her loosey goosey approach to melody Fascinatingly sinuous version of Ornette Coleman s Peace opens the set there s a Charles Mingus tune Portrait and You re Driving Me Crazy but the other five offerings are originals by Gottlieb angular and abstract Terrific support from trumpeter Avishai Cohen guitarist Shahar Levavi Matana Roberts on alto and a tight rhythm section Rating YYY ½ Kapelye Neyer Derekh New Directions self distributed Kapelye one of the earliest New Klez bands has undergone some changes recently and is now a trio Eric Berman on bass and tuba Ken Maltz on clarinet and Pete Sokolow on keyboards and vocals with guest drummers As it was when Henry Sapoznik was at the helm the band is an excellent purveyor of mainstream klezmer in the 20s 30s style with an occasional excursion into swing

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  • J, the Jewish news weekly of Northern California, formerly the Jewish Bulletin of Northern California - Klezmer komedy
    modern synthesizer But Ducoff mostly dances With the audience Sometimes they think I m part of the audience he says I ll do the bottle dance sing a little The band is my instrument Though he s lived in Ohio for many years Ducoff grew up in the Forest Hill section of San Francisco and his parents were pillars of the Bay Area Jewish community His father Rabbi Bernard Ducoff headed the local chapter of the Bureau of Jewish Education from 1954 to 1979 and his mother Helen was a Jewish educator Ducoff s family belonged to Congregation Ner Tamid in the Sunset I went to every Jewish community event there was recalls the Lowell High School graduate I majored in environment biology at Berkeley but I danced on the side with Israeli dance groups in Bay Area He took his love of dance even further serving as director of a Polish dance company He and the troupe once traveled to Poland where he visited the very shtetl his grandmother came from Along with dance he had also developed a love of Jewish music I spent summers with my grandparents in Brighton Beach Brooklyn recalls Ducoff They had lots of klezmer and comedy records Mickey Katz was the great klezmer comedy guy who started out as a big band clarinetist then with Spike Jones and then with his own band He was the king of Jewish comedy Ducoff went on to attend graduate school in New York studying community organization Once he accepted the position of arts development director with the Jewish Community Federation in Cleveland Ducoff moved to the Buckeye State and officially become a Midwesterner Perhaps not so coincidentally Cleveland was the birthplace of Katz as well as Katz s son Joel Grey I never met anyone else

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  • Sextet uses klezmer to satisfy craving for Yiddish yuks
    big dumping ground for all sorts of things anyway Call it musical Yiddish The music traces its roots to 19th century Eastern Europe Like Yiddish the music morphed grew and contracted collecting flavors and flair along the way When it migrated to America it added a pinch of blues and a dab of jazz to the mix That provided Stratton with the perfect entry point I really liked raw rock n roll growing up says Stratton I also love jazz and blues So I was looking for something real authentic countercul tural Then I came across klezmer Stratton found it to be the most countercultural of music It was colorful jumpy and raw Yet it was pushed aside by changing trends passing eras and the steamroller that is pop culture Rock became the popular music says Stratton And klezmer was the real underground music The more he listened the more he discovered that there was a rich tradition of dusty discs dying to be heard In the grooves he discovered a clarinet playing klezmer comedian from Cleveland who tickled his muse Mickey Katz is the Louie Armstrong of klezmer comedy says Stratton He d parody pop songs from the 50s and 60s doing it klezmer style with funny lyrics What you mean you ve never heard of K nock Around the Clock or Nudnik the Flying Shisl Well then you probably never hung out in some schmaltzy resort in the Catskills Or heard Yiddishe Cup s latest effort Meshugeneh Mambo The disc is not only an homage to Katz s warped comedy it s also an attempt to revive a long lost style of Jewish yuks To actually hear Borscht Belt comedy we had to do it ourselves says Stratton It s humor about little things in life like my

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  • The Cleveland Free Times
    have two But here was a void that needed to be filled I wanted to hear a funny Jewish album a new one There wasn t any The result was a 15 track disc featuring a half dozen Katz parodies and other old humor tracks to which the band has added new material and a handful of instrumentals Katz a former big band clarinetist turned 50s and 60s pop hits into parodies based on Yiddish English wordplay and Catskills resort humor Yiddishe Cup covers K nock Around the Clock Knish Doctor based on 1958 hit Witch Doctor and Nudnik the Flying Shisl to which it added mentions of Beachwood and the Tribe He did about 100 songs like that parodies like Weird Al Jankovic but better says Stratton We threw in our own contemporary twist on these old songs Though much of the humor is specifically Jewish Cheder Days describes Hebrew school experiences and Essen lists food consumed during a Catskill resorts stay most translates to other cultures One tale of woe on the track Tsuris which interjects comedy routines between musical choruses describes a bar mitzvah whose theme was torture It was this obscure song I took as the foundation I realized that real tsuris was going to a bar mitzvah and listening to a DJ blast crap into your ears while kids are popping balloons Stratton says The people with their hands over their ears have come great distances and would actually like to talk to each other That might make Stratton who s 53 sound like an old fuddy duddy but he says college audiences seem to enjoy their music When we play for college kids we do it as a party he says We get them to dance I had a woman call me yesterday who

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  • DallasNews.com | Dallas-Fort Worth | Texas Living
    it Really little kids go nuts Mr Stratton said It s very high energy Mr Stratton s group kicks off a new concert series at Temple Emanu El in Dallas Sunday He said what gets people going is klezmer s distinctive polyrhythmic beat While the bass is playing a steady one two beat the oompah thing other instruments are playing a more rapid complex beat They play off each other he said It gives it a palpable kind of lift Klezmer secular music born in Eastern European shtetls Jewish villages began immigrating to the United States at the end of the 19th century And just as European klezmorim had embraced regional folk songs American klezmer musicians incorporated American jazz and swing Klezmer s like a garbage dump Mr Stratton said You can throw anything into it But the key thing is you got to know the basics before you throw other things in Klezmer has seen a revival of interest in recent years especially in New York s avant leaning downtown jazz scene But Mr Stratton emphasized that the members of Yiddishe Cup also including Irwin Weinberger vocals guitar mandolin flute alto sax Steve Ostrow trombone trumpet violin tsimbl classical guitar Alan Douglass keyboards backing vocals string bass theremin cello and Don Friedman drums percussion aren t jazz musicians playing klezmer They re klezmer musicians who might throw in a little jazz And a lot of Borscht Belt humor Mr Stratton is a great admirer of fellow Cleveland native Mickey Katz the Spike Jones sideman whom he calls the Jewish Louis Armstrong Katz wanted to entertain people but he was also a tremendous musician Mr Stratton said Yiddishe Cup s most recent CD 1999 s lively Yiddfellas includes That s Morris Katz s giddy parody of That s Amore There

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  • Lansing State Journal
    of cantorial melody folk tunes Yiddish poetry and more I m sure it had a lot of different regional flavors to it By the 1880s klezmer prevailed at weddings and bar mitzvahs Then it moved to the United States it has really mixed with American jazz and popular music Olin said It became a little of everything Like other forms of jazz or folk klezmer can change from band to band or from song to song Eventually it became part of the roots revival that spread in the 1970s By then Stratton was back home in Cleveland discovering Mickey Katz He s like the Louis Armstrong of klezmer Stratton said He s funny he plays great music and furthermore he s from Cleveland Stratton also discovered Klezmorin a group of young musicians who did what they felt like They would be playing a bar mitzvah and then they would never be hired by those people again He said that approvingly Stratton isn t tied to the old world I grew up in a very Americanized very assimilated Jewish home he said And I never heard the klezmer music Instead he heard the rhythms of the 1960s mixed with Ann Arbor rebellion Woodstock was too commercial for us he said That s why Stratton and two others created the Ann Arbor Blues Festival in 1969 It was a great pastime or an English major who also won two Hopwood Awards for creative writing Eventually Stratton returned to Cleveland and discovered klezmer It s sort of emotional sort of gut wrenching he said Or it can be whatever else the musicians desire At this summer s National Folk Festival in East Lansing the Hot Kugel Klezmer Band offered bits of everything Its leader Jinny Marsh is a cabaret singer her musicians range

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  • Cleveland Jewish News.com
    The answer is the National Endowment for the Arts partially subsidizes the arts in rural economically distressed areas Yiddishe Cup is on the NEA s roster of approved acts and the director of Calumet s opera house had read the NEA roster Calumet no doubt had seen better days economically A copper mining boom town in the 1920s with a population then of 30 000 it now has only 800 people There is a shuttered Slovenian church and French Canadian church An Italian social hall burned down in 1913 Several houses had signs in the front yard small engine repair and beauty salon It seemed many people were taking in each other s wash so to speak There were also signs prohibiting snow plows in certain areass The area s average snowfall is triple that of Buffalo N Y but because Calumet is not a major metropolitan area it doesn t get the covod honor The Jewish hub of the region is Temple Jacob a Reform congregation founded in 1912 located in Hancock several miles south of Calumet The synagogue has 13 dues paying families many of whom are academics from nearby Michigan Technological University in Houghton After Shabbat services Harley Sachs a retired professor and writer summed up the demographics of the region There are six bears for every Jew here The Michigan Department of Natural Resources counted 600 bears in the Upper Peninsula and we have 100 Jews For kiddush we had smoked Lake Superior whitefish Temple president Susan Burack originally from Connecticut said Everyone is Jewish in their own way here This is the only show in town Temple Jacob has beautiful stained glass windows and is in excellent condition Many former members living out of town still contribute to its upkeep The temple s bulletin notes

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