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 Wall Street Journal, New York Times and Washington Post.



I bought a white linen sports coat in Colombia that has a very 1950s Cuban look to it. I needed it for my daughter’s destination wedding in Colombia. I got a Panama hat, too. Made in Colombia, not China. I have the Meyer Lansky-in-Cuba look down.

I’m not a shopper. So buying the white jacket at a fancy shop in Cartagena, Colombia, was memorable. There were a lot of pastels. Photo, please . . .

I didn’t think I’d get much use out of the jacket after the wedding, but I’ve worn it a couple times since. I wore it to a friend’s wedding this month. I was the only person in a white jacket, which was cool. At least I thought so. The coat is not a polyester Cleveland Pops rag. It’s a nice-looking piece of cloth. Then I wore it to a gig. As bandleader I can wear whatever I want.

Tonight [June 24] I’m going to the summer solstice bash at the Cleveland Museum of Art. I just bought the ticket. I’m going solo. And if I don’t go, the money goes to the art museum. All good. Three Latin bands will play outside the museum. I’m thinking of wearing the white linen jacket. Why not?

. . . I went. Two friends came along, as it turned out. My outfit was a hit. I am officially a fashionista. A random partygoer complimented me on my “linen.” Another said I looked like I was in Jurassic Park. A Colombian musician dug my hat.

I’m looking for more opportunities for my white linen sports coat.

Yo, at the summer solstice party, Cleveland Museo de Arte, June 24, 2023

shareEmail this to someoneShare on FacebookTweet about this on Twitter


1 Ken Goldberg { 06.28.23 at 9:29 am }

You look almost decent in the hat; perhaps because it’s so blurry. If you actually got a Columbia-made “Panama hat” I’m thinking it might have been el-cheapo because the authentic ones are made in Ecuador.. Lucky you; my Borsalino hats never seemed to draw much attention in Little Italy….

2 Ari Davidow { 06.28.23 at 9:55 am }

Lookin’ good, Bert!

3 Dan Kirschner { 06.28.23 at 10:12 am }

A very cool look, dude! But what’s with the baggy slacks? or is that why they’re called “slacks”??

4 Bert Stratton { 06.28.23 at 11:19 am }

To Dan Kirschner: The baggy slacks are a problem. My wife and daughters have pointed this out, as well.

5 Judy Labensohn { 06.28.23 at 11:25 am }

Bert, You look great. I’d go back and buy two of the colorful ones, now that you know you can handle success.

6 Bert Stratton { 06.28.23 at 6:15 pm }

To Judy Labensohn: I”m going to catch a flight tonight to Colombia to pick up the pink jacket! Four-hour layover in Miami, but worth it.

7 Mark Schilling { 06.29.23 at 1:26 am }

Too bad this blog doesn’t allow attachments. Otherwise I would have sent a photo of Hyman Roth (the Meyer Lansky character in “Godfather II”) rocking the white-jammies-top-and-barechested look.

8 Barbara Stern Meluch { 07.19.23 at 2:27 pm }

Looking good – – a stylin guy.
Agree that thin men need not wear pleated pants.

Leave a Comment