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Klezmer artists list, with photos, ranked best to worst by votes. List of good klezmer bands includes a filter so you can sort by the groups’s label and what albums they've put out. This list of the top klezmer bands in the world includes all musicians who have released recordings that have gotten distribution, and is an up-to-date list. Klezmer groups and artists are shown below along with any additional genres in which their music belongs. If available, you can also see information about where all klezmer bands on this list got started. These are truly the greatest klezmer bands of all time, since the most famous klezmer artists ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best klezmer music.

You can click on the klezmer band names to see more information about that particular notable klezmer group. If they're near the top of the best klezmer artist list, though, then they should have at least some information available. All the top klezmer bands named on the list also have discographies on their pages if you click on the klezmer band names themselves.

This list has a variety of artists in it, from Itzhak Perlman to Tim Sparks. Downvote your least favorite artists and upvote the best ones. What will come out on top in the end? John Zorn? David Krakauer?

All important, significant and iconic names in klezmer music history deserve your votes, so make sure to choose wisely. You can only vote once on this list.

The list includes all new klezmer bands, and if there are any missing on the list, you can always add them yourself. Just make sure they aren't already on the list and check your spelling, because this is already an accurate compilation of the best examples of klezmer, as well as a good place to start if you're asking yourself, or friends, exactly how to get into klezmer music. Especially since the bands at the top of the list will at the very least be the best choices if you're looking for a list of good klezmer bands with which to start out. No point in listening to them if they aren't actually good or even half-way decent klezmer bands.

This list answers the questions "who are the best klezmer bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest klezmer musician ever?"

If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular klezmer bands that you might've heard of, but not really listened to closely enough to cast an informed vote.

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The Klezmatics is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Klezmer Bands/Artists
The Klezmatics Klezmer

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Kroke is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Klezmer Bands/Artists
Kroke Fusion, Klezmer, Folk music

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David Krakauer is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Klezmer Bands/Artists
David Krakauer Klezmer, Classical music, Jazz

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Golem is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Klezmer Bands/Artists
Golem Klezmer, Punk rock

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John Zorn is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Klezmer Bands/Artists
John Zorn Dark ambient, Noise rock, Klezmer

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Daniel Kahn and the Painted Bi... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Klezmer Bands/Artists

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Itzhak Perlman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Klezmer Bands/Artists
Itzhak Perlman Klezmer, Classical music, Jazz

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Giora Feidman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Klezmer Bands/Artists
Giora Feidman Klezmer

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Andy Statman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Klezmer Bands/Artists
Andy Statman Klezmer

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Jesca Hoop is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Klezmer Bands/Artists
Jesca Hoop Klezmer, Pop music, Rock music

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Alamaailman Vasarat is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Klezmer Bands/Artists
Alamaailman Vasarat Progressive metal, Klezmer, World music

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Maxwell Street Klezmer Band is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Klezmer Bands/Artists

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Tyshawn Sorey is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Klezmer Bands/Artists
Tyshawn Sorey Klezmer, Classical music, Jazz

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The Free Radicals is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Klezmer Bands/Artists

The Greatest Artists Who Have Never Won a Grammy

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Manny Klein is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Klezmer Bands/Artists
Manny Klein Klezmer, Jazz

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David D'Or is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Klezmer Bands/Artists
David D'Or Klezmer, Pop music, Rock music

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Fabrangen Fiddlers is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Klezmer Bands/Artists

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Creedle is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Klezmer Bands/Artists
Creedle Noise rock, Klezmer, Rock music

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The Widow's Bane is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Klezmer Bands/Artists
The Widow's Bane Gothic rock, Klezmer, Sea shanty

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Afenginn is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Klezmer Bands/Artists
Afenginn Klezmer, Gypsy punk, World music

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La Mano Ajena is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Klezmer Bands/Artists
La Mano Ajena Klezmer, Romani music, World music

The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s

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Daniel Zamir is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Klezmer Bands/Artists
Daniel Zamir Klezmer, Jazz, Jewish music

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Geoff Berner is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Klezmer Bands/Artists
Geoff Berner Klezmer, Folk music

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bunelik added Lvov Affair klezmer and East European

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Lvov Affair is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Klezmer Bands/Artists
bunelik added Lvov Affair

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Don Byron is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Klezmer Bands/Artists
Don Byron Klezmer, Avant-garde jazz, Post-bop

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Masada is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Klezmer Bands/Artists
Masada Klezmer, Experimental music, Jazz

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New Klezmer Quintet is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Klezmer Bands/Artists
New Klezmer Quintet Klezmer, Rock music, Jazz

The Best K-pop Dancers of All Time

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Paul Shapiro is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Klezmer Bands/Artists
Paul Shapiro Klezmer

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Ensemble DRAj is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Klezmer Bands/Artists
Ensemble DRAj Klezmer

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Chervona is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Klezmer Bands/Artists
Chervona Klezmer, Folk punk

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Norman Nawrocki is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Klezmer Bands/Artists
Norman Nawrocki Klezmer, Spoken word, Cabaret

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Rolinha Kross is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Klezmer Bands/Artists
Rolinha Kross Klezmer, World music, Jazz

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Barrage is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Klezmer Bands/Artists
Barrage Klezmer, Pop music, Traditional music

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Yale Strom is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Klezmer Bands/Artists
Yale Strom Klezmer

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Burton Greene is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Klezmer Bands/Artists
Burton Greene Klezmer

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Oi-Va-Voi is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Klezmer Bands/Artists
Starfever added Oi-Va-Voi Klezmer

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Moishe's Bagel is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Klezmer Bands/Artists
Moishe's Bagel Klezmer, Folk music