Yiddishe Cup salutes Mickey Katz at Cain Park
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Yiddishe Cup plays a "Tribute to Mickey Katz" concert at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 9, at the Alma Theater in Cain Park.
Katz (1909-85) was a klezmer clarinetist and comedian in Cleveland and Los Angeles, and was Joel Grey's father and Jennifer Grey's grandfather.
Who can forget his classics, "Duvid Crockett," "How Much is that Herring in the Window?" and "16 Tons (of Hard Salami)?"
Katz was huge. He played with Spike Jones and on the Goodtime. He played at the gambling casinos in suburban Cleveland in the 1930s and at the Alpine Village—Herman Pirchner's downtown club—during World War II.
Yiddishe Cup devotes a night to his music and other Yinglish (Yiddish/English) comedic tunes.
Tickets are $22/$20 in advance and $25/$23 the day of the show. Visit www.cainpark.com or call 216-371-3000.
Bert Stratton is a Cleveland Heights resident and leader of Yiddishe Cup. He writes the Klezmer Guy blog at www.klezmerguy.com.