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Since its foundation in 1996 by saxophone player Job Chajes, Amsterdam Klezmer Band has evolved rapidly. In no time the band became famous in Amsterdam for its many vibrant performances on the streets, in the parks and in the pubs. Soon the rest of The Netherlands followed: the band performed at the Oerol Festival in 1999, 2000 and 2001 to great acclaim and was invited to the Noorderslagfestival in January 2001, followed by the Lowlands Festival in August 2001. During that period the band toured in Slovenia, Switzerland and Italy and completed three successful tours of Turkey.

The third CD of the Amsterdam Klezmer Band, Limonchiki, was released on the New York label Knitting Factory label and the band had a grand tour of the Dutch club scene in the autumn of 2001, with as its highpoint the presentation of Limonchiki at the Paradiso, Amsterdam.

In September 2003 the CD Katakofti was released. It’s the result of a collaborative effort of the Amsterdam Klezmer Band and the Galata Gypsy Band from Turkey. The CD was released on Turkish label Kalan Records. In January 2005 SON (Russian for ‘dream’) was released, containing a veritable treasure-trove of new Amsterdam Klezmer and Balkan music. The album received an enthusiastic reaction from the (international) press and led to a year of heavy touring and playing gigs in clubs and theatres including world famous Concertgebouw Amsterdam and venues in New York, Moscow, Paris and Hamburg.

Nowadays only part of the Amsterdam Klezmer Band repertory consists of traditional pieces of Balkan or Klezmer origin. Most of the Amsterdam Klezmer Band repertory has been created by the band members themselves, who all without exception contribute musically to an ever-growing melting-pot of infectious Balkan/Gypsy/Klezmer cross-over grooves. In this manner the band endeavors to breathe new life into the Eastern-European Balkan, Klezmer and Gypsy music tradition.


Jasper de Beer: double bass, guitar banjo, backing vocals
Job Chajes: alto saxophone, vocals
Alec Kopyt: vocals, percussions
Gijs Levelt: trumpet
Joop van der Linden: trombone, percussions
Janfie van Strien: clarinet, backing vocals
Theo van Tol: accordion


Mesjogge, cassette (1996)

Leib in de Pijp, cassette (1997)

De Amsterdam Klezmer Band (BV Haast Records, 1999)

Malaloka (Syncoop 5760 CD246, 2000)

Limonchiki (Knitting Factory Records KFW300, 2001)

De Amsterdam Klezmer Band (rerelease BV Haast, 2003)

Amsterdam Klezmer Band met Bob Fosko (2003)

Katakofti (KALAN 285, 2003)

Man Bites Dog eats AKB (try tone TT559-028, 2004)

Son (Connecting Cultures CC50022, 2005)

Amsterdam Klezmer Band Remixed (Essay Recordings AY CD 10, 2006)

Zaraza (Essay Recordings AY CD 10, 2008)

Katla (Essay Recordings AY CD 28, 2011)


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