Way, way back around toward the beginning of the last century, Jewish musicians from Eastern Europe began to show up in New York, among them some of my own ancestors. Sometimes these musicians made their way within the Jewish community and sometimes they crossed over into the swing bands of the era.
If you look hard enough, you can find recordings of klezmer bands that play the “A” section of a tune klezmer style and then swing the “B” section, or vice versa, all in the same tune. One of the most famous examples of klezmer/swing crossover is the tune,“Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen,” made famous by the Andrews sisters. Not surprisingly this tune makes a frequent appearance in the repertoire of our klezmer band, Too Klez For Comfort, sung by lead singer, Lisa Geller.
I hope you’ll be on the lookout for her (and our) next public appearance. I’ll be sure and let you know.