Our Repertoire

Maxwell Street Klezmer Band Repertoire: 2018

Weddings, Bar/Bat Mitzvah Parties, and other Celebrations

Wedding, Bar/Bat Mitzvah and Other Celebration Clients:  Please select up to 12 requests for your party. Choose individual song titles (like "Hava Nagila," "New York") or general category (like "Horas," "Frank Sinatra," "Dance Leading," "Contemporary.")  Our repertoire includes much more than these songs listed below. 


Yiddish / Klezmer (Example: Freylechs, Shereles; Yiddish Songs such as Abi Gezunt, Bei Mir Bistu Sheyn, Belz, Oyfn Pripetchok, Rozhinkes Mit Mandlen, Rumania, Sheyn vi di Levone, Tumbalalaika, Yiddishe Mama. Requests can be played from the band's CDs.)

Wedding Processional Songs (audio samples available on website):

Chorshat Ha-Eucalyptus

Dodi Li (traditional)

Dodi Li (Modern, by Cantor Steve Sher)

Erev Ba

Erev Shel Shoshanim

Iti Milvanon

Leah’s Saraband

Processional from Fiddler on the Roof

Sunrise, Sunset


Siman Tov

Od Yishama

Chusn-Kalleh Mazl Tov

Jewish Wedding Dances (Chusn Kalleh Mazl Tov, Keytzad M'radkin--Dance for Bride and Groom, Mezinke (Krenzel Tanz: "Crowning Dance for Parents of the Bride and Groom), Lomir Alle Ineinim (toasting song), Wedding Horas (Yasis Alayich, Od Yishama, Asher Boro, etc.)

Jewish Dances That We Play and/or Lead:

HORAS!  (Hava Nagila, Siman Tov, Tzena, Oseh Shalom, etc.)

Erev Ba

Hiney Ma Tov

Horas (Hava Nagila, Siman Tov, Hevenu Shalom Aleichem, etc.)

Hora Agadati

Hora Medura

Keytzad Mrakdin (dance for bride/groom; can be done at b-mitzvahs)

KLEZMER: Freilechs, Sherele, Shiffer's Tanz, Zhok, Serba, Bulgar, Terkisher, Chosidl)

Krenzel Tanz (Crowning Dance--Di Mezinke Oysgegebn--for weddings)

Ma Navu

Matzorena (The Jewish Macarena)



Mashiach Hazaken (from Sallah)

Nigun Shel Yosi

Od Lo Ahavti Dai

Salaam (Od Yavo Shalom)

Shiffers Tanz

Shmelkie’s Nigun

Turkish Kiss

Tzaddik Katamar

Tzena, Tzena



Zemer Atik


To engage your guests in these dances, consider adding a Designated Danceleader to your band.  For B-mitzvah parties of 40+, 1-2 dance-leaders is recommended.

Other Hebrew/Israeli/Sephardic Songs

Adon Olam, Al Kol Eyle, Am Yisrael Chai, Bashana Haba'ah, Cuando El Rey Nimrod,

Keren Or (Noa), Lechi Lach (Debbie Friedman), Mishaela (Noa), Ocho Kandelikas,

Od Lo Ahavti Dai, Oseh Shalom, Scalerica de Oro, Salaam (Od Yavo), Tziyon, Yerushalayim Shel Zahav, etc.

Modern Chassidic & Line Dances:

(Moshiach, Vay'Hi Vishurun, Ashrenu, Hatov, Y'varech'cha, Ki Lo Yitosh, Ashira, Mikimi, Ura, Emosai, V'Karev Pizureynu, Moashiach, Moshiach HaMelech, Chazak, L'Binyamin Amar, Ki Oto, Carlebach's Lishono Habo'oh, etc.)   


Weddings: Classical Processional and Background Music:

Albeniz: Tango

J.S. Bach: Air from Suite #3

J.S. Bach: Air on the G String

Bizet: Habanera from Carmen

Debussy: Reverie

Elgar: Salut d'Amour, Op. 12

Glinka: Romance

Handel: Air from Water Music from Cantata #156

Kreisler: Liebeslied

Massenet: Meditation from Thais

Mendelssohn: On Wings of Song

Mozart: Allegro, Romanza or Menuetto from Eine Kleine Nachtmusik

Mozart: 2nd movement from Sonata in C major

Mozart: 1st movement from Sonata in A major

Pacabel: Canon in D

Rimsky-Korsakov: Theme from Scheherazade

Satie: Gynopedie No. 1 from Trois Gymnopedies

Tchaikovsky: Melody

Vivaldi: Allegro from The Four Seasons: Spring

Vivaldi: Largo from The Four Seasons: Winter

 Most classical wedding standards are available upon request. String quartet repertoire available if two violins, cello and viola are included.

Jazz / Swing / Ballroom Dance / Broadway

(Some selections require a Jazz Vocalist to be included in the band)

Accentuate the Positive

All of Me

All The Things You Are

Almost Like Being in Love


Am I Blue

And the Angels Sing

Anniversary Waltz

As Time Goes By

At Last

Begin the Beguine

Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered

Beyond the Sea

Blue Skies

Bye Bye Blackbird

Cantina Band (from Star Wars)

Cheek to Cheek

Chicago (That Toddlin' Town)

Don't Be That Way

Don't Get Around Much Anymore

Fiddler on the Roof Medley (instrumental)

Fly Me to the Moon

Frank Sinatra Tunes

Georgia On My Mind

Glenn Miller Medley (In The Mood, Savoy, etc.)

How High the Moon

I Get a Kick Out of You

I Love Paris

In the Mood

It Don't Mean a Thing

It Had To Be You

It's Delovely

Jump, Jive & Wail

Let's Do it, Let's Fall in Love

Let's Face the Music and Dance

Let's Misbehave (Cole Porter)


 (The) Man I Love

Memories of You

Mood Indigo

Moonlight Serenade

Moscow Nights

My Baby Just Cares For Me

My Funny Valentine

My One and Only Love

My Romance

New York, New York

Night and Day

Night Train

Our Love Is Here To Stay

Puttin' on the Ritz

Save the Last Dance for Me (Buble)

Sentimental Journey

Sing Sing Sing

So in Love

Someone to Watch Over Me

Somewhere Over the Rainbow


Sweet Home Chicago

Sunny Side of the Street

Take the A-Train

That's A-Plenty (Dixieland)

They Can't Take That Away From Me

Time after Time

Tuxedo Junction


(The) Very Thought of You

(The) Way You Look Tonight

What a Wonderful World

What’ll I Do?

When I Fall In Love

You Made Me Love You

You Do Something to Me

Classic Rock and Pop (Rock Singer-Guitarist is necessary for this repertoire, and each has his own song repertoire—these are the most common choices):

Across the Universe

And I Love Her

Back in The USSR


Born to be Wild

Brown Eyed Girl

Can't Buy Me Love

Can't Help Falling in Love (Elvis)

Dance Me to the End of Love

Dancin’ in The Street

Dancing Queen


Eight Days a Week

Fields of Gold (Sting, Eva Cassidy)

Fire and Rain (James Taylor)

Forever Young (Dylan)

Gimme Some Lovin'

Girls Just Want to Have Fun

Good Lovin'

Hanky Panky

Here, There and Everywhere (Beatles)

I'm a Believer (Monkees)

In My Life (Beatles)

I Saw Her Standing There (Beatles)

I've Just Seen a Face (Beatles)

Johnny B. Goode (Chuck Berry)

Jump Jive and Wail (Brian Setzer)

Jumpin' Jack Flash (Rolling Stones)

Lady in Red (Chris de Burgh)

Land of 1,000 Dances (Wilson Pickett)

Let's Twist Again

Long Train Runnin'

Michelle (Beatles)

Mony Mony

Moon Dance

Mustang Sally

Old Time Rock 'n Roll

Pretty Woman

Rock Around the Clock

Save the Last Dance for Me (M. Buble)




Sweet Caroline

Sweet Home Alabama

Sweet Home Chicago

Taking Care of Business

Those Were the Days

Twist Again

Twist and Shout

Unchained Melody

Under the Boardwalk


The Way I Am (Ingrid Michaelson)

We Are Family

What I like About You

Wonderful Tonight


You Really Got Me (The Kinks)

Your Song (James Taylor)

You've Got a Friend

Contemporary, Motown, Reggae, R & B (Motown singers are necessary for most of these choices)


Ain’t Too Proud To Beg

All of Me (Legend)

Billy Jean


Dancing in the Street

Dynamite (Taio Cruz)

Happy (Pharrell Williams)

Heard it Through the Grapevine

Hold On

Hot Hot Hot

I Feel Good

I Gotta Feeling (Black Eyed Peas)

I Want You Back

I Will Always Love You

I Wish

Lean on Me

Let's Stay Together

Limbo Rock


My Girl

Play That Funky Music


Saint Thomas

Save the Last Dance (Buble)


Signed, Sealed, Delivered

Sir Duke

Soul Man

Stand By Me

True Colors (Cyndi Lauper)

Uptown Funk

We Are Family

For Bar/Bat Mitzvah Parties: Games and Dance Contests

Bottle Dance Contest from Fiddler on the Roof

Coke-Pepsi-7Up (Lox, Bagels, Cream Cheese)

Cotton-Eyed Joe

Hula Hoop Contest

Hula Hoop Hot Potato

Limbo Contest

Matzorena (The Jewish Macarena)

Adult-Kid Dance Contest

Country and Western

City of New Orleans



Poor Pitiful Me (cowboy line dance)

(The) Rose

3) International and World Music

 Sephardic (Judeo-Spanish), Greek:

Adio Querida

Cuando el Rey Nimrod

Hamavdil (French Algerian)

Los Bilbilicos

Scalerica d'Oro


Latin, Salsa, Mambo

Ballroom Dances: Tango, Rhumba, Cha-Cha

Besame Mucho


Blue Bossa


Cuban Pete

El Choclo (Kiss of Fire)

El Cumbanchero (Mambo)

Johnny’s Mambo

La Bamba

La Comparsita


Mambo Inn

Oye Como Va

Por Una Cabeza (Tango from Scent of a Woman)

Rio Rita (Paso Doble)

Sunny Ray (Salsa)


Tea for Two (Cha-Cha)


Tico Tico

Watch What Happens



Russian Traditional Swing and Estrada; Gypsy

Ach! Odessa

Alexandra (waltz)

Czardas Monti (and other czardas's)

Joe Dassen Medley

Kozatzke (Russian Sailor's Dance)

Lark (Pacsirta)

Liublu (I Love--tango)

Medley of Classic Russian Twists

Medley of Russian Foxtrots

Ochi Chorniye (Dark Eyes)

Pesinka Izvoshika (Song of the Coachman)

Podmoskovniye Vechera (Moscow Nights)

Pora V’Put-Dorogu (Time To Get Going)

Rio Rita

Russian-Jewish Wedding Medley

Sertze (My Heart)

Syem-Sorok: 7:40 (Russian Freylechs)

Usti Usti Baba (Macedonian Roma Wedding Song)

Utomlyoniye Solntze (Weary Sun--tango)

Irish, Scottish (More on Request)

Danny Boy

The Irish Washerwoman

Jigs and Reels

Mari's Wedding

My Wild Irish Rose

Over the Waterfall

Saint Anne's Reel

Star of the County Down

Swallow Tail Jig

When Irish Eyes are Smiling

German & Viennese (More on Request)

Strauss Waltzes (Vienna, City of My Dreams,

Beautiful Danube, Emperor)

Die Fledermaus (Waltz)

Indian, Bollywood:

Dhoom 2 Theme Song (Dhoom Again)

The Vagabond

Greek, Balkan:

Apo Tin Athena




Sylivrianos Syrtos


Treilo Hasapaserviko


Arrivaderci Roma

Come Back to Sorrento

Come Prima

Come Vo Re (A. Celentano)

Funiculi, Funicula

Italiana Pero

La Neopolitano

Non Dimenticar

O Sole Mio

Santa Lucia

Summertime in Venice

Susanna (A. Celentano)


That's Amore


Can Can

Joe Dassen melodies

La Vie En Rose


Under Paris Skies (Sur le Ciel de Paris)

Polish (More on Request)

Clarinet Polka


Polkas and Mazurkas

Oginski: Polonaise

Sto Lat

Middle Eastern (These songs require the inclusion of an Arabic singer, an oud player and an Arabic drummer)


Ghannili Shwaya

il Hil'wa Di

Sa'aloni el Nas


Shehnaz Longa (Turkish)
Nassam Alayna

Nour El Ein

Asmar Yasmarani (and others)

Iranian folk music on request

Norwegian, Swedish:

Av Langtan Till Dig

Fjallbruden (Waltz)

Jul (Waltz)

Nordlandsnetter (Waltz)

Skomvaer (Waltz)


Don’t see your favorite song here?  We might be able to play it for you—just ask!


Maxwell Street Klezmer Band


(847) 675-4800






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