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 has written op-eds for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post.



Phil Hart, a resident at Wiggins Place assisted living, sometimes wears a Navy baseball cap. I know another WWII Navy veteran, Al Gray, who lives at Stone Gardens assisted living. Phil used to teach aerobics/calisthenics-of-some-kind at the JCC. For decades. He also was an architect, city councilman and photographer. Now he says he’s an “inmate.” I hear “inmate” occasionally from other nursing home residents. (I don’t think I’d mind a top-quality nursing home. We’ll see.)

I remember seeing Phil kneeling, shooting photos, at an Elderhostel about five years ago. I was jealous because at the time I couldn’t kneel due to meniscus surgery.

One thing about hanging around nursing homes, I’m under no illusion anybody gets out of this painlessly. Phil is doing pretty well, I think, for 95. His mind is all there.

phil hart, about 2014

Phil Hart, about 2014

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1 John Hilton { 12.06.17 at 11:19 am }

Glad Phil’s still kicking. I’ve got a friend the same age in assisted living in the giant Old Jews’ Home in Bloomfield Twp; she and her friends sit and gab for hours after dinner. Lots of politics, and complaints about the food.

2 William J Jones { 12.06.17 at 12:15 pm }

Thanks, Bert. I remember Phil fondly as both an architect and councilman. Great guy

3 dave rowe { 12.08.17 at 2:17 pm }

Hope Phil gets to hear good live music before he goes on to his reward.

4 phil hart { 12.21.17 at 3:04 pm }

thanks bert – keep on playing your clarinet and yiddishe cup and come on back to wiggins as often as you can- last concert was really special and all at wiggins really appreciated your playing and your talent for “Klezmer”

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