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 76-84 of 84 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
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  
(Results 76-84 of 84 records)

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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