Dienstag, 30. Juni 2020

VA - Klezmer - Yiddish Swing Music

Yiddish swing. Jazz and klezmer. It may sound like an odd combination, but in late 1937 this mix of Old World and New took the music scene here and abroad by storm. The fad got its start when the Andrews Sisters, a young three-sibling act fresh from Minnesota, recorded an irresistible swing version of a forgotten Yiddish stage tune. “Bei Mir Bist du Schoen” (You Are Beautiful to Me) became an instantaneous hit, spawning an unending series of covers and, with them, a musical trend.

Within weeks, executives at New York’s WHN had created "Yiddish Melodies in Swing", a weekly program dedicated to the new musical fusion. The talented pianist/composer Sam Medoff was hired to lead the show’s “Swingtet” and to arrange rollicking versions of traditional Jewish folk and klezmer tunes like “Dayenu,” “Eli Meylakh,” and “Yidl Mitn Fidl.”

Front and center on Medoff’s bandstand were the Barry Sisters (née Bagelman), whose close-as-air harmonies, spunky energy, and seamless transitions from Yiddish to English packed New York’s 600-seat Loews State Theater every Sunday at 1 p.m. But Yiddish Melodies didn’t just mainstream Yiddish culture, it reconnected a younger generation of American Jews to an older musical tradition embodied by the Swingtet’s legendary clarinetist, Dave Tarras, a European-born klezmer musician with almost no equal.

"Yiddish Melodies in Swing" lasted nearly two decades, outliving swing, the golden age of radio, and almost Yiddish culture itself. Small wonder that the 26 surviving episodes of the show are as fresh today as they were on the Sunday afternoons when they aired.


–Bagelman Sisters* With Abe Ellstein Orchestra - A Vaibele A Tsnien
–Dave Tarras, Beresh Katz, Abe Schwartz -  Ch'sidishe Nigunim
–Naftuie Brandwein - Das Teureste In Bukowina
–Alexander Olshanetsky, Aaron Lebedeff - What Can You Mach ? S'is Amarica
–Brandwein - Der Terk In America
–Jacob Hohhman, Kandel's Orchestra - Doina And Hora
–Naftule Brandwein - Freilicher Yontov
–Naftule Brandwein - Freit Sich, Yiddelach
–H. Steiner - Haneros Haluli
–Naftule Brandwein - Heiser Bulgar
–Seymour Rechtzeit, Abe Ellstein Orchestra - Hopkele
–Naftule Brandwein - Kleine Princessin
–Ziganoff - Koilen
–Naftule Brandwein - Naftule Spielt Far Dem Rebin
–Russkyl Orchestra Moskva - Pas D'espan
–Abe Schwartz Orchestra - Sher
–Abe Schwartz Orchestra - Unzer Toirele
–Yiddish Swing Orchestra - Bridegroom Special
–Joseph Cherniasvksy Yiddish American Jazz Band - Yiddisher March
–Abe Ellstein Orchestra - Second Avenue Square Dance

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4 Kommentare:

FiveGunsWest hat gesagt…

Amazing. This looks like fun. Thanks and be well!

zero hat gesagt…

Hope you enjoy the music. Stay safe!

Gill hat gesagt…

I only wish my winamp player had a way-back button so I could get a good Victrola sound. Thanks and Be Well.

zero hat gesagt…

Would be great! All the best to you!

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