klez·​mer | \ ˈklez-mər \
plural klezmorim\ (ˌ)klez-​ˈmȯr-​əm \

Definition of klezmer

1 : a Jewish instrumentalist especially of traditional eastern European music
2 : the music played by klezmorim

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But Stitt’s varied score also encompasses Jewish liturgical music, klezmer, jazz, ballads, and stirring rock tunes reminiscent of the work of Tom Kitt, of Next to Normal fame. Julia M. Klein, Philly.com, "'Big Red Sun': Search through history and music for truth about father, self," 5 June 2018 The artist-in-residence for SDSU’s Jewish Studies program since 2006, Strom is one of the world’s foremost authorities on klezmer, a fusion of traditional Yiddish music from Eastern Europe, American jazz and various other styles. George Varga, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Lipinksy Family Jewish Festival of the Arts will celebrate 25th anniversary with diverse slew of shows," 20 May 2018 The Spike Orchestra, a 16-piece ensemble, evokes many things, including Charles Mingus’s large-group jazz, surf-rock, and klezmer music. Larry Blumenfeld, WSJ, "A Personal Statement Turned Ritual Music," 5 June 2018 So Called, mixes klezmer tunes with hip-hop in So Called Seder: A Hip Hop Haggadah. Steve Heisler, Chicago Reader, "Humor / Other Stuff / Religion How are these seders different from all other seders?," 30 Mar. 2018 Fans of Bohemian klezmer punk will doubtless hop atop a table and commence to dance when this hard-touring and boisterous six-piece comes to town. John Adamian, courant.com, "Bella's Bartok At Arch Street Tavern," 10 Mar. 2018 Ben picked up Judy’s old clarinet as a child, and went on to become an acclaimed jazz artist, credited in part with restoring eastern European klezmer music to modern performance. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Like a generation of women, my unwed birth mother kept a lifelong secret: Me," 8 Mar. 2018 Bernstein was curious about all sorts of music, including jazz, folk, blues and klezmer. The Economist, "A man in fullLeonard Bernstein at 100," 18 Jan. 2018 The Brooklyn band uses some elements of klezmer music in a rock context. John Adamian, courant.com, "The Shondes To Perform At Cafe Nine," 9 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of klezmer

1908, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for klezmer

Yiddish, from Hebrew kĕlēy zemer musical instruments

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