Trombone

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Yusuf Oliver Narcin by John Enoch

Yusuf Oliver Narcin by John Enoch

Traditionally, trombones tended to be part of larger klezmer ensembles, playing middle voice lines. Today, they might also play melodies. 


Dan Blacksberg, a Philadelphia-based trombonist, gives workshops on playing the middle voice in klezmer, and has produced lots of resources on this.


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


  • USA Jack Levitt, Sam Spielman


Klezmer trombonists in the later 20th century and today include:


  • Israel Rachel Lemisch

  • UK Camilla Saunders, Caroline Hall, Yusuf Oliver Narcin

  • USA Brian Bender, Dan Blacksberg, David Harris

Trinkt Briderlakh, L'khayim (Brothers, Drink to Life!) Part 2 (Bulgar) played by Shloimke Beckerman

Trinkt Briderlakh, L'khayim (Brothers, Drink to Life!) Part 2 (Bulgar) played by Shloimke Beckerman

South Fallsburg Bulgar by Dave Tarras played by Dan Blacksberg (trombone) and Nick  Millevoi (guitar)

South Fallsburg Bulgar by Dave Tarras played by Dan Blacksberg (trombone) and Nick Millevoi (guitar)

Trombone as lead instrument, guitar accompanying

Dave Tarras Bulgar played by Amerike Klezmer

Dave Tarras Bulgar played by Amerike Klezmer

Some good trombone bulgar lines played by Rachel Lemisch on this video

Trombonik Tanz

Trombonik Tanz

A song with the most klezmery melody accompaniment in the trombone line ever!

Kiev Freylekhs/ Nifty, shpil es nokh a mol

Kiev Freylekhs/ Nifty, shpil es nokh a mol

"Shpil es Nokh a Mol" (Play it again!). A version of the tune we call 'Kiev Freylekhs', played by the great klezmer clarinetist Naftule Brandwein.