Guy and the Yehudas, as far as is known, is Jacksonville’s only authentic klezmer band. The band has been dazzling audiences with their brilliant technique and style since late 2012 when they first appeared at Adam Goldstein’s Bar Mitzvah to rave reviews.
The band was formed by Ken Every, principal timpanist of the Jacksonville Symphony, who gave the band its name. The original “Guy” is now teaching at Michigan State, but luckily, Ran Kampel is joining the band as the new clarinetist. Ran is the new principal clarinetist of the Jacksonville Symphony – a very talented fellow!
Other members are Paul Strasshofer, a member of the Jacksonville Symphony bass section who claims to have several Jewish friends and Dennis Hunsicker on accordion. Mr. Hunsicker is one of the few people who actually earned a four year degree in accordion and is the only member with a beard.
Klezmer is a musical tradition of the Ashkenazi Jews of Eastern Europe. Played by professional musicians called klezmorim, the genre originally consisted largely of dance tunes and instrumental display pieces for weddings and celebrations. When Yiddish-speaking Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe came to America, they heard American jazz and this style was assimilated into klezmer music.
Enjoy the music! Please feel free to get up and dance if your doctor allows it!
Monday noon, May 7, at Ancient City Baptist Church