[Mendele] Mendele Personal Notices & Announcements-New book on Dave Tarras, "The Benny Goodman of Klezmer"

Victor Bers victor.bers at yale.edu
Mon Apr 4 20:26:29 EDT 2011

Mendele Personal Notices & Announcements

April 4, 2011

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The King of Klezmer
written and edited by Yale Strom

Hailed as "The Benny Goodman of klezmer," Dave Tarras is considered 
the most influential klezmer musician of the Twentieth Century. Scion of a 
musical family in Ternovke, Ukraine, Tarras played at weddings for Jews 
and non-Jews, even playing in the Czarist army up to World War One.  He 
immigrated to America and after a brief stint as a furrier, began to make 
a living with his clarinet. From 1925 until his death in 1989, Dave Tarras 
set the standard for klezmer musicianship and virtuosity.  Even the great 
be-bop artists Charlie Parker and Miles Davis travelled to the Catskills 
to study the technique of this complex and compelling virtuoso.

Author Yale Strom spent months interviewing the people who knew Tarras 
best: his musical collaborators and family members. The first biography 
authorized by the Tarras family, this book includes newly discovered 
personal and historical facts about Dave Tarras and the world in which he 
lived and played, and priceless photographs from the family archives.

Twenty-eight of Tarras' melodies as written by Tarras and discovered in 
his manuscripts are presented in arrangements for C and B-Flat 
instruments. An essential book for anyone interested in klezmer or Jewish 
cultural history. More more info. write info at ortav.com

www.yalestrom.com www.hotpstromi.com
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