Dave Tarras

Also known as D. Tarras, David Tarras, Tarras

Discography of Dave Tarras:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 Music For The Traditional Jewish Wedding 12 Audio 2007 Center For Traditional Music And Dance Ethnic Heritage Recording Series
2 Master Of Klezmer Music Volume One - 1929-1949 15 Audio 1989 Global Village Music
3 Klezmer Music 12 Audio Banner Records (3)

Possibly the most famous 20th century klezmer musician was Dave Tarras, born Dovid Tarraschuk in 1897 in the Ukrainian [i]shtetl[/i] Ternovka in Podolia. Already a professional musician at the age of 9, the descendant of at least two generations of Hasidic klezmorim played flute, mandolin, guitar and violin. He began playing clarinet at age 14.

In 1915, he was conscripted into the Tsar's army, but his talents as a musician kept him out of the trenches. Fleeing the pogroms in Ukraine, Tarras arrived in New York in 1921, where he worked in a garment factory for a time. Within a few years, he had become the new "King of Klezmer", usurping with his greater sophistication the position of [a=Naftule Brandwein].

During his career he made literally hundreds of 78 RPM recordings and was one of the only traditional Yiddish musicians to make the transition to the post-war recording industry. Dave Tarras led his own ensembles at Jewish weddings and other festivities in the New York area and he was the favorite accompanist for Yiddish Theater stars like [a=Aaron Lebedeff] and [a=Molly Picon]. He died in 1989 in New York.

Comments about Dave Tarras: