Jazz is the New Klezmer

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I know — I talk about Yoshie Fruchter a lot. But he’s worth it — and he’s doing so much stuff that it would be hard not to talk about him.

On Jewcy today, I talk to him about his new band, his new album, and why his parents are so damn cool:

Yoshie Fruchter gets around. Besides being a member of half a dozen bands, from the children’s parody band Shlock Rock to guesting with Pharaoh’s Daughter, he’s made a name for himself in the few short years since he moved to Brooklyn from his hometown of Silver Spring, MD.

It’s easy to chalk Yoshie’s existence until that point up to the classic story of small-town-boy-makes-it-big. But between the lines, Fruchter has a lot of stories–his mother is a full-time arts educator in the yeshiva system, and his father is a versatile musician who, among his own accolades, was babysat by Elvis as a child.

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Posted on January 28, 2009

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