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Dave Tarras

cl, 1895-1989 UA
Folk and World

Possibly the most famous 20th century klezmer musician was Dave Tarras, born Dovid Tarraschuk in 1897 in the Ukrainian shtetl Ternovka in Podolia. Already a professional musician at the age of 9, the descendant of at least two generations of Hasidic klezmorim played flute, mandolin, guitar and violin. He began playing clarinet at age 14. In 1915, he was conscripted into the Tsar's army, but his talents as a musician kept him out of the trenches. Fleeing the pogroms in Ukraine, Tarras arrived in New York in 1921, where he worked in a garment factory for a time. Within a few years, he had become the new "King of Klezmer", usurping with his greater sophistication the position of Naftule Brandwein. During his career he made literally hundreds of 78 RPM recordings and was one of the only traditional Yiddish musicians to make the transition to the post-war recording industry. Dave Tarras led his own ensembles at Jewish weddings and other festivities in the New York area and he was the favorite accompanist for Yiddish Theater stars like Aaron Lebedeff and Molly Picon. He died in 1989 in New York.

     
Genres
  • Folk
  • World
  • Jazz
  • Soundtrack
Popular Tracks   
A Vaibele A Tsnien on Yiddish-American Klezmer Music - 1925-1956 by Dave Tarras
Unzer Toirele on Yiddish-American Klezmer Music - 1925-1956 by Dave Tarras
Dem Monastrishter Rebin's Chosid'l on Yiddish-American Klezmer Music - 1925-1956 by Dave Tarras
Mazel In Liebe on Yiddish-American Klezmer Music - 1925-1956 by Dave Tarras
Die Goldene Chasene on Yiddish-American Klezmer Music - 1925-1956 by Dave Tarras
Israeli Dances on Freilachs for Weddings, Bar Mitzvahs and Other Celebrations, Vol. 2 by Dave Tarras
Die Reize Nuch Amerika on Yiddish-American Klezmer Music - 1925-1956 by Dave Tarras
Second Avenue Square Dance on Yiddish-American Klezmer Music - 1925-1956 by Dave Tarras
Yiddisher March on Yiddish-American Klezmer Music - 1925-1956 by Dave Tarras
Bridegroom Special on Yiddish-American Klezmer Music - 1925-1956 by Dave Tarras

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Band Members
Discography
Title Artist Year Type
Music For The Traditional Jewish WeddingDave Tarras with Sam Beckerman and Irving Graetz2007Album
Yiddish-American Klezmer Music 1925-1956Dave Tarras1992Compil.
Master Of Klezmer Music Volume One - 1929-1949Dave Tarras1989Album
Freilachs For Weddings, Bar Mitzvahs And Other Celebrations Vol. 3Murray Lehrer & Ensemble, Dave Tarras1977Album
Jewish MelodiesDave Tarras, Abraham EllsteinAlbum
Freilach in Hi-Fi Jewish Wedding Dances Vol 2Murray Lehrer & Ensemble With Dave TarrasAlbum
Klezmer MusicAbe Ellstein Orchestra With Dave TarrasAlbum
Freilach In Hi-Fi: Jewish Wedding Dances, Vol. 3Murray Lehrer & Ensemble With Dave TarrasAlbum
Frailach MusicAbe Ellstein Orchestra With Dave TarrasAlbum
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