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DAVE TARRAS - Chusen Kala Mazel Tov

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Published on Sep 18, 2009

"Chusen Kala Mazel Tov"
(Congratulations, Bride and Groom)
Jewish Wedding Song
(Klezmer, Instrumental)

with Abe Ellstein's Orchestra

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Dave Tarras, 1897-1989, born Dovid Tarraschuk in Ternivka, (a village in Teplytskyi Raion, Vinnytsia Oblast, Ukraine), possibly the most famous 20th century klezmer musician. He is known for his long career and his very skilled clarinet playing.

Son of a klezmer trombonist and Badkhn, he grew up playing a variety of instruments and surrounded by the music. He was conscripted into the tsar's army in 1915, but his talents as a musician kept him out of the trenches. In 1921 he emigrated to New York City, where worked in a garment factory for a time. Eventually he found that he could make money as a musician, and found a place as a clarinetist in many of New York's klezmer ensembles. In addition to Jewish music, he also recorded Greek, Polish, and Russian tunes.

His reliability and skill saw him play for many years after that other famous klezmer clarinetist, Naftule Brandwein, died, and he was certainly the most famous one from the mid-1930s to the late 1950s. He also mentored many younger klezmer musicians who went on to become famous, such as Andy Statman.

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