Banjo

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Henry Sapoznik

Henry Sapoznik

The banjo was probably first used mainly as a rhythm instrument, in klezmer bands in the USA in the first half of the 20th century.


Klezmer banjo players in the late 19th and earlier 20th centuries included:


  • USA Berish Katz (also violin)


Klezmer banjo players in the later 20th century and today include:


  • Russia Roman Shinder (also guitar)

  • USA Avi Fox-Rosen (also guitar), Henry Sapoznik, Pete Rushefsky (also guitar, tsimbl)

Klezmer player, researcher and historian Henry Sapoznik describes journeys in klezmer with the banjo from the 1920s onwards

Klezmer player, researcher and historian Henry Sapoznik describes journeys in klezmer with the banjo from the 1920s onwards

Wedding scene with a klezmer band in a Yiddish film with sound from 1932

Wedding scene with a klezmer band in a Yiddish film with sound from 1932