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New Orleans Klezmer All Stars: Fresh Out of the Past

Due to the current popularity of world music and a resurgence of interest in Yiddish culture, there’s been a revival of klezmer music, which began in the 1970s with the work of Giora Feidman, The Klezmorim, Andy Statman and Henry Sapoznik. During the 1980s and ’90s some klezmer performers, like Don Byron, have not been Jewish. Klezmer and related Jewish music was created in Central and Eastern Europe and is similar to various forms of Balkan music. Some artists, including Matt Darriau and Dave Douglas, play it because of its similarity to Gypsy, Bulgarian, Romanian, Greek, etc. genres; they dig them all.

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