Trumpet

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Susan Hoffman Watts

Susan Hoffman Watts

The trumpet was often a part of early klezmer bands - pictures of bands in eastern Europe and the USA show both valve and slide trumpets. It is a very flexible instrument in a klezmer band, playing lead, counter-lines and rhythmic licks.


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


  • USA Abe Constantinofsky (Constantine), Binyomin “Louis” Shuster, Melvin "Red" Solomon, Yossel Musiker,  Ziggy Elman


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


  • Belgium Peter Sint Nicolaas

  • Finland Alevtina Parland

  • Israel Eli Preminger

  • UK Celeste Cantor-Stephens, David Mowat

  • USA Ben Holmes, David Buchbinder, Eva Boodman, Frank London, Jordan Hirsch (also cornet), Susan Watts Lankin, Willie Epstein

Susan Hoffman Watts (trumpet) and Elaine Watts (drums) play 3 family klezmer tunes

Susan Hoffman Watts (trumpet) and Elaine Watts (drums) play 3 family klezmer tunes

Three original compositions by Elaine's grandfather Jacob Hoffman (xylophone). Eteleh means 'Elaine'.

Bubli'chki played by Ziggy Elman (1938)

Bubli'chki played by Ziggy Elman (1938)

Freylekhs - Klezmer Fantasy for Trumpet and Orchestra

Freylekhs - Klezmer Fantasy for Trumpet and Orchestra

Composed by and featuring Frank London