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|
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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