(From left to right: Stu Warshauer; Stewart Ross, Jerry Pyser; Jane Galler; Arnold Saslawsky; Martin Cohn, and Perry Switzen)

The Naples Klezmer Revival Band was founded  in 1994 to bring “Jewish Music and More!” to concerts, weddings, bar/bat mitzvas, and other events in South Florida. 

ABOUT KLEZMER- The word , klezmer comes from the combination of two Hebrew words…”kle”, which means a vessel or tool; and “zmer”, which means music. Put together , kle-zmer literally means a musical tool or instrument.  However, the meaning of “Klezmer” has changed over time. In the Middle Ages, it became the description of the musician. So, a person who played an instrument in a Jewish band was called a “Klezmer” and the several musicians who made up the band were called “Klezmorim” It is only since this music was revived in the U.S. in the 1960’s that the word “Klezmer” became a musical genre. Klezmer music is hard to define. It has a fundamentally Jewish character, influenced by the Eastern European synagogues and Chasidic music. Its development resulted from the Rabbinic prohibition of instrumental music in the synagogue after the destructioin of the 2nd Temple in 70 A.D. What was banned in the synagogue became the popular Jewish music of its time. Thus, since it was born in the synagogue, it is not surprising to find a definite spirituality in traditional Klezmer music.