Susan Hoffman-Lankin-Watts

Today on the podcast, Susan Hoffman-Lankin-Watts. Susan is a fourth generation (at least!) Philadelphia klezmer musician and one of my favorite trumpet players in this music. If you want to hear the spirit of the old world come from the bell of a trumpet, listen to Susuan. The daughter of klezmer drumming legend Elaine Hoffman-Watts (z”l), Susan has done everything from touring the world in middle and high school with groups like the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, playing with groups like Frank London’s Klezmer Brass All-Stars and Socalled, and fronting her own bands. Most recently, she’s developing a project in Philadelphia featuring all new music from an all-star band of women klezmer musicians, to be debuted in October of this year. I’ve known Susan played with her and her mom for about as long as I’ve been playing klezmer and it’s a real treat for me to share this deep and extremely hometown conversation with you all.

Musical Selections:

Liberation Love Song – from Hartsklap

Der Freiling Zeisinke (Sweet Spring) – from Hartsklap

Freilach 21 – from Elaine Hoffman-Watts, I Remember Klezmer

Joseph Joseph – from The Klez Dispensers, Say You’ll Understand

Hartsklap – from Hartsklap

Photo Credit Alan Lankin