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Failure To Disperse, Noe Valley Farmers Market, SF 2011
Failure To Disperse, Noe Valley Farmers Market, SF 2011

with Belle Monroe and Larry Chung

Sweets Mill jam, 2009

Taxi Driver, Santiago de Cuba, 2012

I play mandolin, fiddle, guitar, and occasionally other musical instruments, with:

Wildcat on Toast (Doug, David, TP, Lawrence, Joyce) at Paul's Saloon 

Hayfever (Doug, TP, Holly, David, Lawrence)


Gold Coast (Paul, TP, Jeanette, Glenn, Tony) at Santa Cruz Bluegrass Society Festival

County Line (Sue, TP, Bob, Doug, Paul) and tour bus

Side projects

Some personal heros and mentors

Organizations in which I'm active include:

My musical influences and inspirations are many. The first and foremost is completely unoriginal, if you must know. Tip: Study with someone whose playing you love, and hope it rubs off a bit. My mentors include:
Klezmer music: In hindsight, it seems inevitable that I'd be drawn into the klezmer revival, if only from proximity to some of the central people and influences.
Music groups, venues, organizations, media, stuff i like, etc.:

Time-wasting odds and ends:
Family matters
  • Irving memoirs transcript
  • Center for Medical Consumers, information and advocacy, New York
  • C.B.van Niel and the Culture of Microbiology, 1920-1965 Dissertation 
  • Tom Phillips Woodworking in Ashland, Oregon
  • Lt. Louis Friedberg (right), my mother's first cousin (son of my grandfather Irving's older sister Dorothy), served in W.W. II in the Fifteenth Air Force as a navigator on a B-24 bomber based in England, was shot down over Germany, and died in a POW camp at age 20 in 1944. Family lore has it that he participated in the famous raid on oil facilities in Ploiesti, Romania, Operation Tidal Wave.  Another cousin Edwin Brown (see next photo), also served in the Air Force in England during the war.  Carla (in the same photo) is the daughter of Louis' sister Clara.

TP, Ed, Paula, Carla (SF ~ 1999)

Ken (1929-2007), TP, Tom, Lupin (Ashland, Feb. 2007)

Ed Brown's painting and excellent likeness of my brother Tom

Ken and John (NY ~ 1934)         Florence Klotz (Brooklyn 1914)

Etta, Ida, Irving (Grodno ~1904)         Abraham Pfefferblum (NY~1910)

Finally, a brief, yet telling, chronology: