Harry Kandel

Harry Kandel (1885–1943) was an American clarinetist and bandleader, one of the pioneers of modern klezmer music. He ran an orchestra which consisted of a variety of instruments, including himself on clarinet, trombone, tuba, xylophone, cornet, violin, flute, viola and piano. Their hits peaked from about 1916 to 1927, and included "Der shtiler Bulgar", a 1926 song that was later recorded by Benny Goodman as "And the Angels Sing" and Ziggy Elman as "Fralich in Swing".

Kandel was born in Lemberg, Galicia. He studied at the Odessa Conservatory of Music and served in army band of the Russian czar, moving to New York City in 1905. He first worked on the vaudeville circuit with the Great Lafayette Band, then appeared on Buffalo Bill's Wild West show. He moved to Philadelphia in 1913 and played in John Philips Sousa's band, forming his own group, Harry Kandel's Famous Inlet Orchestra, in 1916.

Most of his recording career was spent on Victor Records, though he also recorded for Brunswick and Okeh. He recorded several polkas and mazurkas in 1918, releasing them as Polska Orkestra Tancowa, before retiring in 1924 to run a music store. He continued performing on occasions, and appeared on the radio, but did not record again. He died in Philadelphia.


Birth and Death Data: Born January 1st, 1885

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1917 - 1927

Roles Represented in DAHR: leader, arranger, clarinet, director, composer

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 84 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-21231 10-in. 12/5/1917 A freylache die mamma is gegangen in mark arein Harry Kandel's Orchestra Orchestra leader, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor B-21232 10-in. 12/5/1917 Der stiller bulgarish Harry Kandel's Orchestra Orchestra leader, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor B-21233 10-in. 12/5/1917 A abspiel far die machatonim Harry Kandel's Orchestra Orchestra leader, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor B-21234 10-in. 12/5/1917 A Yiddisha honga Harry Kandel's Orchestra Orchestra leader, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor B-21665 10-in. 4/8/1918 Kolomeyka Harry Kandel's Orchestra Orchestra leader, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor B-21666 10-in. 4/8/1918 Rusiche shaer Harry Kandel's Orchestra Orchestra leader, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor B-21667 10-in. 4/8/1918 Rusiche shaer Harry Kandel's Orchestra Orchestra leader, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor B-21668 10-in. 4/8/1918 Hora Harry Kandel's Orchestra Orchestra leader, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor B-21690 10-in. 11/14/1917 A freilachs von der chuppe Harry Kandel's Orchestra Orchestra leader, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor B-21691 10-in. 11/14/1917 Oddessar bulgarish Harry Kandel's Orchestra Orchestra leader, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor B-21692 10-in. 2/20/1918 Polka lubka Harry Kandel's Orchestra Orchestra, with accordion leader, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor B-21693 10-in. 2/20/1918 Mazur Weselny Harry Kandel's Orchestra Orchestra, with accordion leader, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor B-22104 10-in. 6/25/1918 Dem trisker rebens nigen Harry Kandel's Orchestra Orchestra leader, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor B-22105 10-in. 6/25/1918 Der nicolaiver Bulgar Harry Kandel's Orchestra Orchestra leader, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor B-22106 10-in. 6/25/1918 Hopack Harry Kandel's Orchestra Orchestra leader, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor B-22108 10-in. 6/25/1918 Lebedig und freylach Harry Kandel's Orchestra Orchestra leader, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor B-22109 10-in. 6/26/1918 Doina Harry Kandel Clarinet solo, with organ or piano instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor B-25255 10-in. 5/6/1921 Kiever bulgar Harry Kandel's Orchestra Orchestra leader, arranger  
Victor B-25256 10-in. 5/6/1921 Bapolier freylachs Harry Kandel's Orchestra Orchestra leader  
Victor B-25257 10-in. 5/6/1921 Die lustige chsideem Harry Kandel's Orchestra Orchestra leader, arranger  
Victor B-25258 10-in. 5/6/1921 Freyleche mechitonim Harry Kandel's Orchestra Orchestra leader, arranger  
Victor B-25259 10-in. 5/6/1921 Patch tanz Harry Kandel's Orchestra Orchestra leader, arranger  
Victor B-25260 10-in. 5/6/1921 Choosin kalle mazeltov Harry Kandel's Orchestra Orchestra leader, arranger  
Victor B-25261 10-in. 5/6/1921 Sha! Harry Kandel's Orchestra Orchestra leader, arranger  
Victor B-25262 10-in. 5/6/1921 Roumainische bulgar Harry Kandel's Orchestra Orchestra leader, arranger  
(Results 1-25 of 84 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Kandel, Harry," accessed October 19, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110903.

Kandel, Harry. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 19, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110903.

"Kandel, Harry." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 19 October 2020.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110903

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