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.

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.



The Irish rank musicians with fiddle contests. So do bluegrass associations. There is a $50,000 Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass. I rank Jewish musicians . . .

#1. Alan Douglass. Keyboards. Yiddishe Cup. His big hit is “Gentile on My Mind.”

#2. Ari Davidow, who operates the KlezmerShack website in the basement of the Brandeis student union by the foosball tables. Entrepreneur.

#3. Steven Greenman. Violinist. Born Steven Chemlawn.

#4. Gary Gould, the Cali King of Klez. He’s the bandleader to Hollywood stars, and sometimes he goes to Santa Monica.

#5. Hankus Netsky, a k a The Great One. The Klezmer Hall of Fame waived the waiting period for The Great One.

#6. Bert Stratton. The Ohio/Michigan/Indiana distributor of  Yiddishe Cup coffee mugs.

#7. Margot Leverett. An award-winning mixologist of klez and bluegrass.

#8. Lori Cahan-Simon. She produced the Yiddisher Soul Train, KYW-TV, Philadelphia, 1970.

#9. Marc Adler. He invented the clarinet suck vac, available only at Adler’s Hardware, Providence, R.I.

#10. Cookie Lavagetto. Third base.

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1 Rev Don Friedman { 11.04.20 at 9:23 am }

Let’s not forget Clara Netsky for having the most instrumental name.

2 Bill { 11.04.20 at 12:06 pm }

Along with Leverett, Nefesh Mtn also good if you’re into twangy/jewish fusion.

3 marc adler { 11.11.20 at 2:03 pm }

Bert, My mother is kvelling. I promise to put all my energy in improving clarinet technology.By the way we help many musicians at my store. Last week a musician friend came in (steel guitar/tenor sax) . His adjustable stool kept falling down. I gave him some hose clamps and washers and it did the trick. Adler’s Hardware and musical instrument repair service.

4 marc adler { 11.11.20 at 2:07 pm }

Actually I sent Frank London a case of plungers years ago.
He used the ends as mutes.

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