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, Grisha Farfel, 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

Bubli'chki played by Ziggy Elman (1938)

Bubli'chki played by Ziggy Elman (1938)

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'.

Freylekhs - Klezmer Fantasy for Trumpet and Orchestra

Freylekhs - Klezmer Fantasy for Trumpet and Orchestra

Composed by and featuring Frank London

Grisha Farfel, trumpet, accompanies Zigany Melody

Grisha Farfel, trumpet, accompanies Zigany Melody

Grisha Farfel accompanies singer Leo Fuld, 1953