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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Dave Tarras Discography Tracks

Albums

10082 Dave Tarras - Freilachs For Weddings, Bar Mitzvahs And Other Celebrations Vol. 3 album art Murray Lehrer & Ensemble, Dave Tarras Murray Lehrer & Ensemble, Dave Tarras - Freilachs For Weddings, Bar Mitzvahs And Other Celebrations Vol. 3(LP, Album) Request Records, Inc. 10082 US 1977 Sell This Version
CD 105 Dave Tarras - Master Of Klezmer Music Volume One - 1929-1949  album art Dave Tarras Master Of Klezmer Music Volume One - 1929-1949 (CD, Album) Global Village Music CD 105 US 1989 Sell This Version
Dave Tarras - Music For The Traditional Jewish Wedding album art 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 US 1979 Sell This Version
Dave Tarras - Jewish Melodies album art Dave Tarras, Abe Ellstein* Dave Tarras, Abe Ellstein* - Jewish Melodies (Album) Period Records US Unknown Sell This Version
Murray Lehrer & Ensemble With Dave Tarras Murray Lehrer & Ensemble With Dave Tarras - Freilach in Hi-Fi Jewish Wedding Dances Vol 2 (Album) Period Records US Unknown Sell This Version
Dave Tarras - Frailach Music album art Abe Ellstein Orchestra With Dave Tarras Abe Ellstein Orchestra With Dave Tarras - Frailach Music Banner Records (3) US Unknown Sell This Version
RL 1926 Dave Tarras - Freilach In Hi-Fi: Jewish Wedding Dances, Vol. 3                               album art Murray Lehrer & Ensemble With Dave Tarras Murray Lehrer & Ensemble With Dave Tarras - Freilach In Hi-Fi: Jewish Wedding Dances, Vol. 3 (LP, Album) Period Records RL 1926 US Unknown Sell This Version
BASC-CD-1001 Abe Ellstein's Orchestra* With Dave Tarras Abe Ellstein's Orchestra* With Dave Tarras - Klezmer Music(CD) Banner Records (3) BASC-CD-1001 US Unknown Sell This Version

Compilations

Dave Tarras - Yiddish-American Klezmer Music 1925-1956 album art Dave Tarras Yiddish-American Klezmer Music 1925-1956 (Comp) Yazoo US 1992 Sell This Version