THE YIDDISH BOOK CENTER'S
Wexler Oral History Project

A growing collection of in-depth interviews with people of all ages and backgrounds, whose stories about the legacy and changing nature of Yiddish language and culture offer a rich and complex chronicle of Jewish identity.

Peter Sokolow, Klezmer Fats

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  • Peter Sokolow, a full-time professional musician active in Klezmer revival, shares the origins of his pseudonym "Klezmer Fats" and plays a song from his eponymous album that demonstrates the way he combines the style of Fats Waller with traditional Klezmer tunes.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Peter Sokolow.

This excerpt is in English.

Peter Sokolow was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1940.

This interview is part of the series.

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Since 2010, the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project has recorded more than 500 in-depth video interviews that provide a deeper understanding of the Jewish experience and the legacy and changing nature of Yiddish language and culture.

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