Meshugga Klezmer Band

Meshugga Klezmer Band

Meshugga Klemzer band was formed in Little Rock in 1999 and has been Arkansas’ only klezmer band since. Klezmer music has eastern European Jewish folk roots and is characterized by the cantorial, vocal, emotional style reminiscent of Jewish prayer. Like the cantor, the lead musicians sob, laugh, growl, and slide from note to note. The music is also dance music: energetic, rhythmic, and joyous (think: “Fiddler On The Roof”). Meshugga Klezmer Band has performed with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, for Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, weddings, at local festivals, lounges, and private parties.

Band members:

Jim Harper: Clarinet

Stephanie Smittle: Vocals

Issy Getzov: Violin

Casey Huie: Trombone 

Peter Miller: Guitar

Roland Gladen: Bass 

Rand Retzloff: Drums

Region: Central
Discipline: Music: Cultural Traditions/World Music
Fees: $1,500 to $3000 / performance depending on venue and length of performance. $500 additional fee for band to provide sound reinforcement equipment. Travel and separate lodging for band members outside central Arkansas area.
Availability: Year-round
Requirements: PA/sound equipment as needed, stage large enough to accommodate the band, electrical outlets and shade for band.


Peter Miller
Little Rock, AR 72205
(501) 374-6300
[email protected]

Meshugga Klezmer Band