Frank London's Klezmer Brass All-Stars

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"One of the most exciting bands on record or live.."
- Ari Davidow,
Officially Sanctioned Fakelore aka Band Bio:

In the early 19th Century, before the trasformation of Israel, the deterioration of the old traditions of Yiddish and East European Jews, and the migration to the new worlds in search of new beginnings, there was a notorious band known as "Di Shikere Kapelye"- " The Inebriated Orchestra" (Also known as the "Band of Drunks"). A goup of musicians that gave birth to the soul of Klezmer and gave Klezmorim their imperishable bad reputation. There is very little information that is solid fact behind this story, however the few facts we do know come from either oral accounts that were passed down through friends and families of perhaps, the original band members, and from court records of irate clients and rigid governments who pressed charges against the wild band. They were often asked to perform but never invited to stay, perhaps due to the spontaneous musical collaborations in the main plazas of various towns after all the bars and pubs had closed. As the group became known more for their rebellious behaviors rather then their musical talents, many members separated from the original band and formed new bands that mixed dizzy sounds and undefined dances. Their far-reaching repertoire became a strong influence for the future of klezmorin.

The original styles of klezmorim, have failed to surface until a number of extraordinary brass musicians were brought together by Frank London. The group of musicians met in "New York City's Knitting Factory" bar to combine their knowledge, history and talents and create magical sounds together. They threw back several cocktails in memory of the old traditions and uncovered secrets and tales of the incredible lost sounds, creating "Frank London's Klezmer Brass Allstars".

Players on the latest CD, Brotherhood of Brass :

Frank London, trumpet, alto horn, piccolo trumpet, leader
Susan Sandler, trumpet, vocals
Mark Hamilton, trombone
David Harris, trombone, baritone horn
Curtis Hasselbring, trombone
Merlin Sheperd, Bb/C clarinet, Eb piccolo clarinet
Matt Dariau, Bb/C clarinet, alto saxaphone, guida
Mark Rubin, contrabass helicon
Aaron Alexander, drum kit, poyk, snare drum
Matt Moran, bass drum

along w/ special guests, Boban Markovic Orkestar and Hasaballa Brass Band

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