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, Died January 1st, 1943

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1917 - 1927

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

Recordings

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  
Victor B-25263 10-in. 5/6/1921 Russishe komarinska Harry Kandel's Orchestra Orchestra leader, arranger  
Victor BVE-25263 10-in. 10/25/1927 Russishe komariska Harry Kandel's Orchestra Orchestra arranger, director  
Victor B-25264 10-in. 5/6/1921 Der broiges tanz Harry Kandel's Orchestra Orchestra leader, arranger  
Victor B-25270 10-in. 5/6/1921 Flaskadriga Harry Kandel's Orchestra Orchestra leader, arranger  
Victor B-25271 10-in. 5/6/1921 A zoi feift min un a schwieger Harry Kandel's Orchestra Orchestra leader, arranger  
Victor B-27394 10-in. 1/24/1923 Auf der Mohldivanka Harry Kandel's Orchestra Orchestra leader, instrumentalist, clarinet, arranger  
Victor B-27395 10-in. 1/24/1923 Mamaliga Harry Kandel's Orchestra Orchestra leader, instrumentalist, clarinet, arranger  
Victor B-27396 10-in. 1/24/1923 Buccaviner bulgar Harry Kandel's Orchestra Orchestra leader, instrumentalist, clarinet, arranger  
Victor B-27397 10-in. 1/24/1923 Freylacher choosid Harry Kandel's Orchestra Orchestra leader, instrumentalist, clarinet, arranger  
Victor BVE-27397 10-in. 10/25/1927 Freylacher chosid Harry Kandel's Orchestra Orchestra director  
Victor B-27398 10-in. 1/24/1923 Der zeide mit die babba Harry Kandel's Orchestra Orchestra leader, instrumentalist, clarinet, arranger  
Victor B-27399 10-in. 1/24/1923 Die goldene chassina Harry Kandel's Orchestra Orchestra leader, instrumentalist, clarinet, arranger  
Victor B-27500 10-in. 1/24/1923 Yasser bulgar Harry Kandel's Orchestra Orchestra leader, instrumentalist, clarinet, arranger  
Victor B-27501 10-in. 1/24/1923 Bucharester bulgar Harry Kandel's Orchestra Orchestra leader, instrumentalist, clarinet, arranger  
Victor B-27502 10-in. 1/24/1923 Der gassen nigen Harry Kandel's Orchestra Orchestra leader, instrumentalist, clarinet, arranger  
Victor B-27565 10-in. 2/22/1923 Serba popilor Harry Kandel's Orchestra Orchestra leader, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor B-27566 10-in. 2/22/1923 Bolter bulgar Harry Kandel's Orchestra Orchestra leader, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor B-27567 10-in. 2/22/1923 Simchas Toirah in der alter haim Harry Kandel's Orchestra Orchestra leader, instrumentalist, clarinet, arranger  
Victor C-31338 12-in. 11/19/1924 Die chasidim forren tsum rebbin Harry Kandel's Orchestra ; Harry Kandel Orchestra leader, composer  
Victor C-31339 12-in. 11/19/1924 A Yiddisha chasina Harry Kandel's Orchestra ; Harry Kandel Orchestra, with male vocal solo leader, composer  
Victor B-31340 10-in. 11/19/1924 Es is schon lightig Harry Kandel's Orchestra ; Harry Kandel Orchestra leader, composer  
Victor B-31341 10-in. 11/19/1924 Russian revolution march Harry Kandel's Orchestra ; Harry Kandel Orchestra leader, arranger  
Victor B-31342 10-in. 11/19/1924 Doina Harry Kandel's Orchestra ; Harry Kandel Orchestra, with flute solo leader, arranger  
Victor BVE-33062 10-in. 7/9/1925 Der shikerer Moldawan Harry Kandel's Orchestra Orchestra arranger, director  
Victor BVE-33063 10-in. 7/9/1925 Naches Harry Kandel's Orchestra Orchestra arranger, director  
Victor BVE-33064 10-in. 7/9/1925 Die Turkishe chasene Harry Kandel's Orchestra Orchestra arranger, director  
Victor BVE-33065 10-in. 7/9/1925 Dus geliebte Palestina Harry Kandel's Orchestra Orchestra arranger, director  
Victor BVE-33066 10-in. 7/9/1925 Froeliche Rusiska Harry Kandel's Orchestra Orchestra arranger, director  
Victor BVE-33067 10-in. 7/9/1925 Pozsha Harry Kandel's Orchestra Orchestra arranger, director  
Victor BVE-33068 10-in. 7/9/1925 Dus freylache Russland Harry Kandel's Orchestra Orchestra arranger, director  
Victor BVE-33069 10-in. 7/9/1925 A laibediga honga Harry Kandel's Orchestra Orchestra arranger, director  
Victor BVE-36100 10-in. 7/23/1926 Cohen's visit zu dem Sesqui-centennial Harry Kandel's Orchestra Orchestra director  
Victor BVE-36101 10-in. 7/23/1926 Jakie jazz 'em up Harry Kandel's Orchestra Orchestra arranger, director  
Victor BVE-36102 10-in. 7/23/1926 Der muzinikel Harry Kandel's Orchestra Orchestra arranger, director  
Victor BVE-36103 10-in. 7/23/1926 Chevre, nit gezorgt Harry Kandel's Orchestra Orchestra arranger, director  
Victor BVE-36104 10-in. 7/23/1926 Bie a glezele mashke Harry Kandel's Orchestra Orchestra arranger, director  
Victor BVE-36105 10-in. 7/23/1926 Die freylachs nacht in ganeden Harry Kandel's Orchestra Orchestra arranger, director  
Victor BVE-40427 10-in. 10/25/1927 Lebedig, Chatskel Harry Kandel's Orchestra Orchestra director  
Victor BVE-40428 10-in. 10/25/1927 Diene schwartze oigen Harry Kandel's Orchestra Orchestra director  
OKeh S-7946 10-in. May 1921 Purim by der seeda Kandel's Jewish Orchestra Band leader, arranger  
OKeh S-7947 10-in. May 1921 The goldene chasina Kandel's Jewish Orchestra Band leader  
OKeh S-7948 10-in. May 1921 Yasser bulgar Kandel's Jewish Orchestra Band arranger, leader  
OKeh S-7949 10-in. May 1921 Bukarester bulgar Kandel's Jewish Orchestra Band leader  
OKeh S-7950 10-in. May 1921 Mohlever bulgar Kandel's Jewish Orchestra Band leader  
OKeh S-7951 10-in. May 1921 Ma yofis Kandel's Jewish Orchestra Band arranger, leader  
OKeh S-7952 10-in. May 1921 Ba a glassella wein Kandel's Jewish Orchestra Band leader  
OKeh S-7953 10-in. May 1921 Kandel's bulgar Kandel's Jewish Orchestra Band leader  
OKeh S-7954 10-in. May 1921 Yekatarinslaver bulgar Kandel's Jewish Orchestra Band leader  
OKeh S-7955 10-in. May 1921 Lebedig und freylach Kandel's Jewish Orchestra Band leader  
Brunswick 13233-13234 10-in. 6/6/1924 Sha! Der Rebe tanzt Harry Kandel's Orchestra Instrumental ensemble leader, arranger  
Brunswick 13235-13237 10-in. 6/6/1924 Der Ferginegen fin Tatta mama Harry Kandel's Orchestra Instrumental ensemble arranger, leader  
Brunswick 13238-13240 10-in. 6/6/1924 Dus Zekele Geld Harry Kandel's Orchestra Instrumental ensemble leader, arranger  
Brunswick 13241-13242 10-in. 6/6/1924 A nacht in gon adin Harry Kandel's Orchestra Instrumental ensemble leader, arranger  
Brunswick 13796-13797 10-in. 9/17/1924 Russishe komarinska Harry Kandel's Orchestra Instrumental ensemble leader, arranger  
Brunswick 13798-13799 10-in. 9/17/1924 Hopak Harry Kandel's Orchestra Instrumental ensemble leader, arranger  
Brunswick 13800-13801 10-in. 9/17/1924 Der zisser cholem Harry Kandel's Orchestra Orchestra leader, arranger  
Brunswick 13802-13803 10-in. 9/17/1924 Maihotonim a heim Harry Kandel's Orchestra Instrumental ensemble leader, arranger  
Brunswick 13804-13805 10-in. 9/17/1924 Der zaida mit dem ainikel Harry Kandel's Orchestra Orchestra leader, arranger  
Brunswick 13806-13807 10-in. 9/17/1924 Far dem Rebbins koovid Harry Kandel's Orchestra Instrumental ensemble leader, arranger  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Kandel, Harry," accessed October 24, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110903.

Kandel, Harry. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 24, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110903.

"Kandel, Harry." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 24 October 2021.

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

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