Dave Tarras

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Possibly the most famous 20th century klezmer musician was Dave Tarras, born Dovid Tarraschuk in 1897 in the Ukrainian shtetl Ternovka in Podolia. Already a professional musician at the age of 9, the descendant of at least two generations of Hasidic klezmorim played flute, mandolin, guitar and violin. He began playing clarinet at age 14.
In 1915, he was conscripted into the Tsar's army, but his talents as a musician kept him out of the trenches. Fleeing the pogroms in Ukraine, Tarras arrived in New York in 1921, where he worked in a garment factory for a time. Within a few years, he had become the new "King of Klezmer", usurping with his greater sophistication the position of Naftule Brandwein.
During his career he made literally hundreds of 78 RPM recordings and was one of the only traditional Yiddish musicians to make the transition to the post-war recording industry. Dave Tarras led his own ensembles at Jewish weddings and other festivities in the New York area and he was the favorite accompanist for Yiddish Theater stars like Aaron Lebedeff and Molly Picon. He died in 1989 in New York.
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Albums

RL 1926 Freilach In Hi-Fi: Jewish Wedding Dances, Vol. 3                               — Dave Tarras Murray Lehrer & Ensemble With Dave Tarras Murray Lehrer & Ensemble With Dave Tarras - Freilach In Hi-Fi: Jewish Wedding Dances, Vol. 3 (Album) Period Records RL 1926 US 1958 Sell This Version
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BAS-1001 Frailach Music — Dave Tarras Abe Ellstein Orchestra With Dave Tarras Abe Ellstein Orchestra With Dave Tarras - Frailach Music Banner Records (3) BAS-1001 US 1964 Sell This Version
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BA-US 1002 Music For The Traditional Jewish Wedding — Dave Tarras Dave Tarras with Samuel Beckerman* and Irving Graetz Dave Tarras with Samuel Beckerman* and Irving Graetz - Music For The Traditional Jewish Wedding Center For Traditional Music And Dance BA-US 1002 US 1979 Sell This Version
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SRLP 10102, RLP 10102 Freilachs For Weddings, Bar Mitzvahs And Other Celebrations ∙ Vol. 1 — Dave Tarras Murray Lehrer And His Orchestra*, Dave Tarras Murray Lehrer And His Orchestra*, Dave Tarras - Freilachs For Weddings, Bar Mitzvahs And Other Celebrations ∙ Vol. 1 (Album) Request Records (2), Request Records (2) SRLP 10102, RLP 10102 US Unknown Sell This Version
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COL-LP-218 Dave Tarras Plays Again — Dave Tarras Dave Tarras Dave Tarras Plays Again Colonial Records COL-LP-218 US Unknown Sell This Version
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PRST 1930, RL 1930, RL-1930 Jewish Melodies — Dave Tarras Dave Tarras, Abe Ellstein* Dave Tarras, Abe Ellstein* - Jewish Melodies (Album) Period Records PRST 1930, RL 1930, RL-1930 US Unknown Sell This Version
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B 07414 L with Dave Tarras* and Sam Musiker with Dave Tarras* and Sam Musiker - Tanz!(LP, Comp) Philips B 07414 L Australia Unknown Sell This Version
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RL 1916 Freilachs For Weddings, Bar Mitzvahs And Other Celebrations ∙ Vol. 2 — Dave Tarras Murray Lehrer & Ensemble With Dave Tarras Murray Lehrer & Ensemble With Dave Tarras - Freilachs For Weddings, Bar Mitzvahs And Other Celebrations ∙ Vol. 2 (Album) Request Records (2), Request Records, Inc. RL 1916 US Unknown Sell This Version
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Singles & EPs

8085-F Dem Monastrishtcher Rebin's Chosid'l / Bulgar — Dave Tarras Dave Tarras Dem Monastrishtcher Rebin's Chosid'l / Bulgar(Shellac, 10") Columbia 8085-F US 1926 Sell This Version
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8135-F A Rumenisher Nigun = א רומענישער ניגון / Rumenishe Doina = רומענישע דאָינאַ — Dave Tarras Dave Tarras A Rumenisher Nigun = א רומענישער ניגון / Rumenishe Doina = רומענישע דאָינאַ Columbia 8135-F US 1927 Sell This Version
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8131-F Zorg Nit Mama / In Odess, In Odess — Dave Tarras Dave Tarras, Abe Schwartz's Orkester* Dave Tarras, Abe Schwartz's Orkester* - Zorg Nit Mama / In Odess, In Odess(Shellac, 10") Columbia 8131-F US 1927 Sell This Version
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F-8001 Mozl-Tov Zelda / Ich Bin Deiner — Sher — Dave Tarras Dave Tarras And His Orchestra* Dave Tarras And His Orchestra* - Mozl-Tov Zelda / Ich Bin Deiner — Sher(Shellac, 10") Standard (6) F-8001 US 1945 Sell This Version
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8001 Good Luck (Mozel Tuf) / Hebrew Dance — Dave Tarras Dave Tarras Good Luck (Mozel Tuf) / Hebrew Dance(Shellac, 10") Savoy Records 8001 US Unknown Sell This Version
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Compilations

CD 105 Master Of Klezmer Music Volume One - 1929-1949  — Dave Tarras Dave Tarras Master Of Klezmer Music Volume One - 1929-1949 (CD, Comp) Global Village Music CD 105 US 1989 Sell This Version
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7001 Yiddish-American Klezmer Music 1925-1956 — Dave Tarras Dave Tarras Yiddish-American Klezmer Music 1925-1956 (Comp) Yazoo 7001 US 1992 Sell This Version
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CD 106 Master of Klezmer Music, Vol. 2 (Freilach Yiddelach) — Dave Tarras Dave Tarras Master of Klezmer Music, Vol. 2 (Freilach Yiddelach)(CD, Comp) Global Village Music CD 106 US Unknown Sell This Version