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 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 (Album) Period Records RL 1926 US 1958 Sell This Version
BAS-1001 Dave Tarras - Frailach Music album art Abe Ellstein Orchestra With Dave Tarras Abe Ellstein Orchestra With Dave Tarras - Frailach Music Banner Records (3) BAS-1001 US 1964 Sell This Version
BA-US 1002 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 BA-US 1002 US 1979 Sell This Version
SRLP 10102, RLP 10102 Dave Tarras - Freilachs For Weddings, Bar Mitzvahs And Other Celebrations ∙ Vol. 1 album art Murray Lehrer And His Orchestra*, Dave Tarras Murray Lehrer And His Orchestra*, Dave Tarras - Freilachs For Weddings, Bar Mitzvahs And Other Celebrations ∙ Vol. 1(LP, Album) Request Records (2), Request Records (2) SRLP 10102, RLP 10102 US Unknown Sell This Version
COL-LP-218 Dave Tarras - Dave Tarras Plays Again album art Dave Tarras Dave Tarras Plays Again Colonial Records COL-LP-218 US Unknown Sell This Version
PRST 1930, RL 1930, RL-1930 Dave Tarras - Jewish Melodies album art Dave Tarras, Abe Ellstein* Dave Tarras, Abe Ellstein* - Jewish Melodies (Album) Period Records PRST 1930, RL 1930, RL-1930 US Unknown Sell This Version
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
RL 1916 Dave Tarras - Freilachs For Weddings, Bar Mitzvahs And Other Celebrations ∙ Vol. 2 album art 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

Singles & EPs

8131-F Dave Tarras - Zorg Nit Mama / In Odess, In Odess album art 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
F-8001 Dave Tarras - Mozl-Tov Zelda / Ich Bin Deiner — Sher album art 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
8001 Dave Tarras - Good Luck (Mozel Tuf) / Hebrew Dance album art Dave Tarras Good Luck (Mozel Tuf) / Hebrew Dance(Shellac, 10") Savoy Records 8001 US Unknown Sell This Version
8220-F Dave Tarras - Rumenisher Nigun / Rumenishe Doina album art Dave Tarras Mit Orkester Begleitung Dave Tarras Mit Orkester Begleitung - Rumenisher Nigun / Rumenishe Doina(Shellac, 10") Columbia 8220-F US Unknown Sell This Version

Compilations

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