Saturday, March 22, 2008

Cab Calloway and Klezmer: A Maven Speaks

According to the associated page information, on July 2, 2007, noted klezmer musician and theorist Hankus Netsky, weighed in on the subject of Cab Calloway and klezmer music at Cab Calloway: On the Yiddish Side of the Street. Great minds think alike. Fools seldom differ. Mr. Netsky can pick, if he likes.

My essay on the subject is from January 8, 2007, and is called "Just Tell Her Klezmer Joe Was Here and Had to Go." (Naturally, I had the better title; Netsky is the real musician here, and I'm just a writer with pretensions of know-some-of-it-ism about music...)

Speaking of know-some-of-it-ism about music, I am thinking about writing an essay on rail references in acoustic blues of the 1930s. In the meantime, please go to and enjoy the vocal and guitar stylings of the enigmatic lost legend Geeshie Wiley, probably one of the best blues guitarists of the period, and an absolute genius of an arranger, who recorded a grand total of six sides in two sessions in 1930 and 1931 and then disappeared again. And did I mention that Geeshie Wiley was a woman?


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