Tribute to Mickey Katz


Mickey's Greatest Schticks

From Tzivi’s Nov ‘09 Spotlight in the JUF News: TRIBUTE TO MICKEY KATZ on Saturday, Nov. 14 at the Museum of Contemporary Art as part of this year’s Chicago Humanities Festival series on Laughter.

Mickey Katz was one of the great musical comics of the 1950s, combining Yiddish lyrics and popular songs in giddy cultural mash-ups like “Duvid Crockett” (“Duvid, Duvid Crockett, King of Delancy Street!”), “Old Black Smidgick” (“That same old chaserei when your eyes meet mine!”), and my personal favorite, “Barber of Schlemiel” (“I schnip off de payos!”).

In 1993, African-American jazz musician Don Byron rediscovered Katz, and brought his “Greatest Shticks” back to life with a new group of klezmer virtuosos.  Click HERE to learn more about Don Byron & order tix for his 11/14 Chicago performances.

Mickey Katz: May his name be for a blessing!

Jan Lisa Huttner (“Tzivi”) is the Arts & Culture critic for Chicago’s JUF News as well as a Chicago YIVO board member.

Jan & Rich @ MCA (11/14/09).

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