From “Dovid Crockett” to “How Much is that Pickle in the Window,” Mickey Katz made his mark on American Jewish Music. His humor is woven into the texts of his songs and within the music itself. This presentation will show the humor and context of Mickey Katz’s songs with videos, recordings and images showcasing a “King” of Jewish music as a jester and in a way to be Jewish in the 1940s-1970s.
Mark Kligman occupies the Mickey Katz Endowed Chair in Jewish Music at UCLA and serves as Director of the “Lowell Milken Center for Music of American Jewish Experience.” Mark specializes in the liturgical traditions of Middle Eastern Jewish communities and various areas of popular Jewish music. He has published on the liturgical music of Syrian Jews in Brooklyn in journals as well as his book, Maqām and Liturgy: Ritual, Music and Aesthetics of Syrian Jews in Brooklyn (Wayne State University, 2009), which shows the interconnection between the music of Syrian Jews and their cultural way of life. His other publications focus on the intersection of contemporary Jewish life and various liturgical and paraliturgical musical contexts. He is the academic chair of the Jewish Music Forum and co-editor of the journal Musica Judaica. He is also on the board of the Association for Jewish Studies.