Biographies

Read the biographies and discover the works of the people involved with Jewish music.

Bernard Potock

We don’t know much about Bernard Potock. Since 1938, he plays trumpet in a jazz orchestra called “Banda”, led by Stanisław Laudan in Cracow. During the Second World War, he is in USSR where he (…) Read more

Denis Cuniot (1953)

Pianist of jazz and improvised music, Denis Cuniot is one of the main initiators of the revival and recognition of klezmer music in France.
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Shalom Berlinski (1918 - 2008)

Born on January 16th 1918 in Radom, a Polish village about 100 kilometers from Warsaw, Shalom Berlinski is the youngest son in a family of eight children. His father is a shoemaker, he likes to (…)
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Jean Bécache (1911-1985)

The Bécache dynasty : from rabbi to musician Jean Bécache’s grand-father, Shalom Bécache, is born in Bombay in 1848. He was native from Bagdad and spoke Arabic from Iraq. During a pilgrimage to (…) Read more

Bernard Potock

We know very little about Bernard Potock. Beginning in 1938, he played the trumpet in Stanislaw Laudan’s jazz orchestra “Banda” in Krakow, Poland. He spent the Second World War in the USSR, where (…) Read more

Richard Inger (about 1915-1980)

Richard Inger was born on January 2, 1915 in Germany. He studied singing in Vienna. In 1942, he was deported to a concentration camp and owed his survival to his vocal talent. After the (…) Read more

Henri Gerro (vers 1919-1980)

Henri Gerro (Roizman) was born on August 31, 1919 in Rovno (Volhynia Province), nowadays in Ukraine. He began performing on the Polish stage at the age of 12. After the war, he emigrated to Paris (…) Read more

Jules Franck (1858 - 1941)

Jules Franck is born in the French town Nancy in 1858. A few years later, his family settles in Paris (1). In January 1873, Jules Franck sings with his brothers Gustave and Isaac in the choir of (…)
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Alphonse de Villers (around 1845 ? – after 1896)

We know almost nothing about Alphonse de Villers’s life. His name comes up a few times in the archives of the Israeli Consistory of Paris. It seems that he was born around 1845. He is organist and (…)
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Emile Waldteufel (1837 - 1915)

Born into a Jewish family of Strasbourg, Emile Waldteufel was the favorite composer of empress Eugénie. He wrote hundreds of waltzes, including the famous Valse des patineurs (The Skater’s Waltz) (…) Read more

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Henri Gerro (vers 1919-1980)

Henri Gerro (Roizman) was born on August 31, 1919 in Rovno (Volhynia Province), nowadays in Ukraine. He began performing on the Polish stage at (…)

Richard Inger (about 1915-1980)

Richard Inger was born on January 2, 1915 in Germany. He studied singing in Vienna. In 1942, he was deported to a concentration camp and owed (…)