Montreal klezmer Hyman (Blackie) Herman has just confirmed his first visit to KlezKanada. The Interactive Museum of Jewish Montreal (IMJM) presents an intergenerational conversation with a very musical Montreal family. Having immigrated to Canada at age two in 1924, drummer Hy “Blackie” Herman was at the height of his musical career as a band leader in the 1950s. Hailing from a musical family who were klezmer musicians in Poland, Blackie worked with music greats such as trumpet player Maynard Ferguson, and pianists Oscar Peterson and Paul Bley. His grandson and bass player, Zack Lober, has transformed his zaide’s music and stories into the multi-media Ancestry project. The Founder and Director of the IMJM, Zev Moses, will host a discussion with grandfather and grandson about the swinging days of Montreal’s music scene and its lasting legacy for future generations.
The McGill/KlezKanada Summer Course students will be working with him to better understand what the life of a working Jewish musician in mid-twentieth-century Montreal was really like. For more on Blackie Herman, check out this article in the Canadian Jewish News about former KlezKanada fellow Emily Lam and her work with him.