Real Music & Real Estate . . .

Yiddishe Cup’s bandleader, Bert Stratton, is Klezmer Guy.
 

He knows about the band biz and – check this out – the real estate biz too. So maybe he’s really Klezmer Landlord.
 

You may not care about the real estate biz. Hey, you may not care about the band biz.  (See you.)
 

This is a blog with a gamy twist. It features tenants with snakes and skunks, and musicians with smoked fish in their pockets.
 

Stratton is an occasional contributor to the New York Times, the Times of Israel, the Cleveland Plain Dealer and City Journal. He won two Hopwood Awards.


 
 

THE ALL-STAR GAME

This just in . . . the lineup for the klezmer clarinetists’ all-star game:

Andy Statman ss

Good hands in the altissimo register.

Marcel Salomon 1b

More Dutch than Honus Wagner. Flying Dutchman II.

Margot Leverett 2b

Good with grace notes.

David Krakauer rf

Mr. Twinkle Toes. Moves lightly over the clarinet break.

Don Byron cf

Eccentric, yet loved. “That’s just Don being Don.”

Michael Winograd c

Young enough to crouch for three hours.

Ilene Stahl 3b

Best Jewish third-baseman since Al Rosen.

Glenn Dickson lf

Ripken-esque.  Can play the entire Nutcracker without water.

Kurt Bjorling dh

Can drive notes to any field: right, left, jazz, klez.

Moshe Berlin p

Has super-wiggly vibrato and Hoyt Wilhelm longevity.

Joel Rubin coach

Two-time NCAA klezmer coach of the year.

Hankus Netsky mgr

Best first name.  Better even than “Honus.”  It doesn’t matter  Hankus is  more of a sax/piano guy.

National anthem by Yiddishe Cup:

” . . . And the party planner’s red glare,
The seltzer bottles bursting in air.”
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2 of 2 posts for 7/8/09

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5 comments

1 Irwin Weinberger { 07.08.09 at 2:43 pm }

What?? Our guy is pretty good too. I’ll vote for him. His name is Bert Stratton. Put him in the line-up. He has a great change-up,
but watch his curve.

2 Bert { 07.08.09 at 5:03 pm }

Sorry, Irwin, no pay raise. Nice try.

3 Ted { 07.10.09 at 12:30 pm }

If this doesn’t get Passner (a baseball fan from NJ) to comment, I don’t know what will.

4 D P { 07.10.09 at 2:59 pm }

I forgot to note that when I was in SF, I was at the contemp Jewish Museum and they had an exhibit on the Russian Yiddish Theater, and one of the silent films had music running by it, which according to the note was “by Yiddishe Cup.” It might have been a scene with Mikhoels making kiddush or something like that.

5 Bert { 07.10.09 at 3:31 pm }

DP, thanks for the scouting report. Yep, the SF exhibit (“Chagall and the Artists of the Russian Jewish Theater, 1919-1949”) uses a Yiddishe Cup track. The exhibit originated at the Jewish Museum (NYC).

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