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  • Klezmer world will remember the 'youngest of the old guys'

    Jon Kalish|Jan 5, 2024

    (New York Jewish Week) — The late Brooklyn klezmer musician Pete Sokolow would sometimes take the stage as “Klezmer Fats.” But many players used a different sobriquet to refer to the pianist, who served as a link between generations: “the youngest of the old guys.” Sokolow started playing klezmer in the summer of 1958 with older musicians at resorts in the Catskills. Twenty years later he was part of the klezmer revival. “When it mattered, Pete was there,” klezmer historian Henry Sapoznik told the New York Jewish Week. “Pete was able to bui...

  • An ahead-of-its-time klezmer album will be performed live for the first time

    Jon Kalish|Mar 10, 2023

    (New York Jewish Week) - In 1955, a group of musicians gathered in a Manhattan recording studio and committed to tape 16 tunes. When the LP, "Tanz," was released the following year, it barely made a splash. Over the years, however, the recording would gain a reputation as a landmark klezmer album, especially during the klezmer revival of the 1970s and '80s. Recorded by the klezmer virtuoso Dave Tarras and a handful of respected New York jazz players, including brothers Sam and Ray Musiker, the...

  • 'Married to the Mob,' but under a chuppah: A new memoir details a Jewish family's crime ties

    Jon Kalish|Jan 6, 2023

    (New York Jewish Week) - The Geiks weren't your typical Bronx working-class Jewish family. The father ran a mob-protected trucking company in Manhattan's Garment District. One brother, an NYPD detective, chauffeured organized crime couriers around the city with illicit cash. A kid sister visited a Las Vegas casino where the tween was set up with a couple of slot machines in a private room. And a close family friend was sent up the river for killing a notorious Jewish gangster. Meet the family...

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