Chicago Klezmer Band 1

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This Chicago Klezmer Band, founded in 1983, brings a kaleidoscope of colors and moods and a spirit of fun to their performances. The combination of dance music, folk songs, theatre medleys and jazzy Yiddish pop music from the 1930's to the 1950's creates a multi-dimensional experience of America seen through immigrant eyes. Audiences of all ages and backgrounds are delighted by this band's high-energy performances that glow with warmth and humor.

They have played across America and Europe. In 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005 and 2007, the band performed in Germany, London, Munich, Fürth, Vienna, Amsterdam, Enschede and The Hague. In 1998, this Chicago Klezmer Band gave their debut performance at Carnegie Hall and at New York's Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center, where they returned for an encore performance in 2006.

They have appeared on the PBS programs "World Stage Chicago" and "Artbeat Chicago." One of their songs was featured in an episode of ABC's "Saving Grace." They have been featured annually on Network Chicago's (PBS) "Do It Yourself Hanukkah" television special. In 2004, one of their CD was voted "Best Jewish/Hebrew/Klezmer Album" by the indie Just Plain Folks 2004 music awards. In 2007, this Chicago Klezmer Band was among 250 finalists out of over 5,000 contestants for NBC's America's Got Talent.

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Country United States
City Chicago
State/Province Illinois
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22 responses to “Chicago Klezmer Band 1”

  1. Theo Bikel says:

    “These are fine musicians…they care about the music. And when they care—I care.” Theo Bikel, actor and singer

  2. Jewish Federation says:

    “Sensational!” Mid-Kansas Jewish Federation

  3. Orderung Jüdischer Kultur says:

    “An exhilirating, delightful high-voltage performance.” Orderung Jüdischer Kultur und Tradition E.V., Munich, Germany

  4. World of Jewish Music says:

    “An absolutely first class performance…The audience absolutely loved them.” World of Jewish Music, London

  5. Valley Jewish Festival says:

    “Outstanding performance… a ‘taste’ of Yiddishkyte that would be hard to duplicate…Excellent!” Valley Jewish Festival

  6. Pioneer Press says:

    “Kings of klezmer” Pioneer Press

  7. Ari Davidow says:

    “…These guys do a very perfect vintage ‘30s jazz and klezmer and theatre music show. Lots of great shtick. Lots of great mugging for the audience. One of the tightest bands I’ve seen in a long time…I expected good, but this was really, really good.” Ari Davidow

  8. National Jewish Post says:

    “This group can easily take its place beside the Klezmer Conservatory Band and the Klezmatics. They are that good.” National Jewish Post & Opinions

  9. Illinois State University says:

    “The most well-attended, well-appreciated concert in [19] years…Everyone… was in awe of the band’s musical talents and wonderful showmanship.” Illinois State University

  10. The Star says:

    “At the end, no one wanted to leave. The heartfelt music had touched everyone…” The Star

  11. Jewish Heartland says:

    “Internationally known…Evocative…Aims for the heartstrings and the feet.” Jewish Heartland

  12. Chicago Tribune says:

    “Delightful…gorgeous violin playing” Chicago Tribune

  13. Mari Dawson says:

    We are lucky the band makes the trip. – Mari Dawson, audience member, Two Rivers, Wisconsin

  14. Jeanne says:

    A belated, but heartfelt, thank you for adding so much to the celebration of my twins’ b’nai mitzvah in September. The music was lovely, and having Rachel lead the dancing was definitely the right call. The kids , and the adults too, had a great time dancing. Your musicians play with joy, and it sets the perfect tone for such a celebration. Thank you again. – Jeanne L. Mother of the Bar and Bat Mitzvah Kids

  15. Barbara R says:

    “This is the band I saw tonight and thought was really fabulous. They are so far a step above the klezmer bands I’ve heard in the past!” – Barbara R.

  16. Vicky A. says:

    We had a magnificent time at the wedding and LOVED the music. I have had so many compliments on you guys, and you really did create a beautiful experience. Can I come to another wedding you do? 🙂 – Vicky A., the Bride

  17. Judy S. says:

    Thank you for helping to make these simchas so beautiful You made our wedding
    so spiritual. We love you! – Judy S. (the bride and mother of the bride!)

  18. Sue says:

    [This band] made the Decatur Area Arts Council’s Jewish culture event a rousing success! They had people – young and old – up dancing from the start. Some of them danced the whole night! And, who wouldn’t want to dance to that fabulous Klezmer music – top notch musicians who brought a lively and beautiful sound to our event! I highly recommend them. – Sue, Decatur Area Arts Council )

  19. Karen H. says:

    The musicians were incredible from the seating music to the final full-out Sing Sing Sing that ended the evening. You ran the evening like a well oiled machine. We had a rousing Hora. It was truly a perfect evening. Thank you for your time, patience, and the band’s efforts to help us fulfill the vision we had for the night. The compliments keep rolling in. – -Karen H., Mother of the Groom

  20. Dean Zemel says:

    “[This band] has played at BOTH of my children’s weddings…how could I say more? But I’ve also been to weddings where they played in which I was not involved at all, other than being a guest. I have only heard rave reviews from others, with which I eagerly concur because I think this band is SMOKING!!! … These “guys” make any special event very very special.” – Dean Zemel

  21. Robert H. says:

    Thank you again for making the occasion so special. We knew that the adults would enjoy the music, but we were thrilled that the kids were so especially excited with the music. – Best regards, Robert H., Father of the Bar Mitzvah Boy

  22. Lea L. says:

    The band really made our party! They did a perfect job of timing the different kinds of music and engaging all the guests, from young kids to older adults. It was exactly what my daughter wanted for her party! The band leader was also so helpful in meeting with us beforehand and helping us decide what we wanted. Thank you again so much! – Lea L (Bat Mitzvah Mom)

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