Episode 49: Susan Watts

Susan Watts is a brilliant trumpeter and singer who is also a fourth generation Klezmer musician and daughter of a legendary drummer who broke the paved the way for women in music. Neil caught up with Susan at her home in Philadelphia to chat about growing up in such a musical household, finding her voice on the trumpet and her ongoing work to promote women in Klezmer and female musicians in general. 

Music in this episode: Der Freiling Zeisinke (Sweet Spring) off of her album Hartsklap (which can be ordered and downloaded at store.cdbaby.com/cd/susanwatts) and Shalom Aleichem, a traditional song that welcomes in Shabbat with a melody written in 1918 by Rabbi Israel Goldfarb. 

More information on Susan at her website: www.susanwattsonline.com

Info on Susan’s Soul Songs: Inspiring Women of Klezmer project: folkloreproject.org/klezmer/project

Susan playing 3 tunes with her mother, Elaine Hoffman-Watts on the drums:

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