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About Amsterdam Klezmer Band

Amsterdam Klezmer Band, sometimes referred to as AKB, is a Dutch-Jewish musical group created in 1996 in Amsterdam. The band plays Yiddish and Klezmer music, but also incorporates sounds from Balkan, jazz, Romani, and hip-hop music. The band has described itself as a "mini brass band", but features prominent vocals as well.


The group formed in 1996 by saxophonist Job Chajes as a group of buskers playing Yiddish dance music in Amsterdam. The band made its name playing in parks and pubs throughout the late nineties. In the same years, the band self-released three albums, Mesjogge, Leib In De Pijp, and De Amsterdam Klezmer Band. The band's first professional arrangement was being invited to play at the Oerol Festival in 1999. They were invited back in following years and also played at the Noorderslag festival and the Lowlands festival in 2001. The band's first album pr…Read more on Wikipedia