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 51-75 of 84 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
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  
(Results 51-75 of 84 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Kandel, Harry," accessed October 26, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110903.

Kandel, Harry. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 26, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110903.

"Kandel, Harry." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 26 October 2021.

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