Mickey Katz

Musician, comedian & radio host
1909-1985

Meyer Myron "Mickey" Katz was an American musician and comedian who specialized in Jewish humor. Katz is most well known for his parodies, but he created more traditional klezmer music as well. Although he was primarily a jazz musician, all of his parodies have a distinct klezmer flavor, either throughout the piece or as a short "break" in the middle of the song. His songs often lampooned both Jewish and American culture. His songs have been compiled onto CDs, including Mish MoshThe Most MishigeMickey Katz Greatest ShticksKatz Puts on the DogKatz Pajamas and Simcha Time: Music for Weddings, Bar Mitzvahs, and Brisses. Katz played with many musicians throughout the years like Ray Musiker and more.

 

Biographies:

"Mickey Katz" in Wikipedia.

"Katz, Meyer Myron" in Encyclopedia of Cleveland History.

 

More Bibliography:

Katz​​​​​, ​​Mickey, Papa, Play for Me: The Autobiography of Mickey Katz, introduction by Josh Kun, foreword by Joel Grey. Wesleyan University Press: 2002.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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