Yiddish Twist Orchestra

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Last Show: Thursday 15 th March 2018

PizzaExpress Live (Holborn)

The YTO return to Soho, London for a special concert, following the media acclaim for their album 'Let's' released in 2015, the band will be previewing new material as well as songs from the CD. Let's twist!

"It is always the seam on your trousers that attracts the most dirt," said Alf Wax, the great Whitechapel tailor, and back in late 1950s London the same was undoubtedly true for music - it was the seam of the big band and rock'n'roll eras that produced what sounds now like the dirtiest, most deliriously danceable music of all: a delirious mix of West Indian Calypso,mambo, surf guitar, classic Yiddish songs and English beatrhythms that they called 'der shvitz'. When years later it crossed the Atlantic in diluted form as 'the twist' its roots were forgotten, and remained so, with the exception of a select few in the know who recognise Willy Bergman, its founder and greatest bandleader, as the lost hero of the sex n drugs British music revolution. 

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"Clash of klezmer and Cuban.. entertaining, varied, classy"


Yiddish Twist Orchestra – the Front Story

The YTO is an Allstar band featuring:

- Twist-neck guitarist Ben Mandelson (3 Mustaphas 3Billy Bragg)

- Reedman David Bitelli (Elton JohnLoose Tubes)

- Hammond and keys maestro Robin Harris (La Machine)

- Sizzling Latin trombonist Paul Taylor (SnowboyRoberto Pla)

- Dazzling trumpeter Simon Finch (Eric ClaptonPaul Weller, Jools Holland)

- Rhythm kings Simon Edwards on bass and Roy Dodds on drums (Fairground Attraction and many more)

- Soho's retro king Natty Bo on vocals (Ska Cubano, Top Cats)

The band’s music pays homage to the genius and paranoia of Bergman, the unjustly forgotten beatnik funkateer who got the slums and salons on both sides of the water dancing to that pounding London beat.