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 (Results 26-50 of 84 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-25263 10-in. 10/25/1927 Russishe komariska Harry Kandel's Orchestra Orchestra director, arranger  
Victor B-25263 10-in. 5/6/1921 Russishe komarinska Harry Kandel's Orchestra Orchestra arranger, leader  
Victor B-25264 10-in. 5/6/1921 Der broiges tanz Harry Kandel's Orchestra Orchestra arranger, leader  
Victor B-25270 10-in. 5/6/1921 Flaskadriga Harry Kandel's Orchestra Orchestra arranger, leader  
Victor B-25271 10-in. 5/6/1921 A zoi feift min un a schwieger Harry Kandel's Orchestra Orchestra arranger, leader  
Victor B-27394 10-in. 1/24/1923 Auf der Mohldivanka Harry Kandel's Orchestra Orchestra arranger, instrumentalist, clarinet, leader  
Victor B-27395 10-in. 1/24/1923 Mamaliga Harry Kandel's Orchestra Orchestra arranger, instrumentalist, clarinet, leader  
Victor B-27396 10-in. 1/24/1923 Buccaviner bulgar Harry Kandel's Orchestra Orchestra arranger, instrumentalist, clarinet, leader  
Victor BVE-27397 10-in. 10/25/1927 Freylacher chosid Harry Kandel's Orchestra Orchestra director  
Victor B-27397 10-in. 1/24/1923 Freylacher choosid Harry Kandel's Orchestra Orchestra arranger, instrumentalist, clarinet, leader  
Victor B-27398 10-in. 1/24/1923 Der zeide mit die babba Harry Kandel's Orchestra Orchestra arranger, instrumentalist, clarinet, leader  
Victor B-27399 10-in. 1/24/1923 Die goldene chassina Harry Kandel's Orchestra Orchestra arranger, instrumentalist, clarinet, leader  
Victor B-27500 10-in. 1/24/1923 Yasser bulgar Harry Kandel's Orchestra Orchestra arranger, instrumentalist, clarinet, leader  
Victor B-27501 10-in. 1/24/1923 Bucharester bulgar Harry Kandel's Orchestra Orchestra arranger, instrumentalist, clarinet, leader  
Victor B-27502 10-in. 1/24/1923 Der gassen nigen Harry Kandel's Orchestra Orchestra arranger, instrumentalist, clarinet, leader  
Victor B-27565 10-in. 2/22/1923 Serba popilor Harry Kandel's Orchestra Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, leader  
Victor B-27566 10-in. 2/22/1923 Bolter bulgar Harry Kandel's Orchestra Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, leader  
Victor B-27567 10-in. 2/22/1923 Simchas Toirah in der alter haim Harry Kandel's Orchestra Orchestra arranger, instrumentalist, clarinet, leader  
Victor C-31338 12-in. 11/19/1924 Die chasidim forren tsum rebbin Harry Kandel's Orchestra ; Harry Kandel Orchestra composer, leader  
Victor C-31339 12-in. 11/19/1924 A Yiddisha chasina Harry Kandel's Orchestra ; Harry Kandel Orchestra, with male vocal solo composer, leader  
Victor B-31340 10-in. 11/19/1924 Es is schon lightig Harry Kandel's Orchestra ; Harry Kandel Orchestra composer, leader  
Victor B-31341 10-in. 11/19/1924 Russian revolution march Harry Kandel's Orchestra ; Harry Kandel Orchestra arranger, leader  
Victor B-31342 10-in. 11/19/1924 Doina Harry Kandel's Orchestra ; Harry Kandel Orchestra, with flute solo arranger, leader  
Victor BVE-33062 10-in. 7/9/1925 Der shikerer Moldawan Harry Kandel's Orchestra Orchestra director, arranger  
Victor BVE-33063 10-in. 7/9/1925 Naches Harry Kandel's Orchestra Orchestra director, arranger  
(Results 26-50 of 84 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Kandel, Harry," accessed November 30, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110903.

Kandel, Harry. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved November 30, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110903.

"Kandel, Harry." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 30 November 2021.

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

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