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.



Martin Amis said being in his father’s business (writing) was somewhat disreputable. Martin Amis said, “Being a hereditary novelist is a freaky thing, and people do find it a bit creepy.”

Here are some other hereditary artists and/or public figures: Ravi Coltrane, Ben Cheever, Katie Roiphe, Ben Stiller,   Dweezil Zappa, George W. Bush, A.G. Sulzberger. All schmucks! Yes, that’s an extreme reaction, but I’m a bit envious.

A friend said to me about my family business: “I wish I had a business to pass on to my son.”

unemployed father and son

A family business which is real world (like carpet sales, real estate, or law) is nothing to get envious about, so don’t get envious. But show biz and politics, that’s a different mammal.

One exception to the above rules: If a father is a regional musician, and his son becomes a nationally known musician, that’s called roots and is very acceptable. Joe Lovano’s father was a sax player in Cleveland. Joel Grey’s father (Mickey Katz) was a clarinetist in Cleveland. Ken Peplowski’s father played in a polka band in Cleveland. That’s all very admirable.

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1 Bill Jones { 04.26.17 at 10:53 am }

How about adding to this article in the future with mother-daughter; mother-son and dad-daughter illustrations and comments.

2 Ken Goldberg { 04.26.17 at 12:54 pm }

Ah, the prospect of liberal political correctness has seeped in….

3 Robinow, Joseph { 04.26.17 at 1:01 pm }

Inheriting a carpet selling business sounds great compared to starting from the ground up in entertainment.

4 Lee Irdour { 04.27.17 at 12:13 pm }

How about that Jack Stratton of Vulfpeck fame? I see the band has at least three appearances next week here in Minneapolis, the first of which sold out.

5 David Rowe { 04.28.17 at 10:28 am }

In the case of Hank Williams and descendants that was this process in reverse

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