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Maxwell Street Klezmer Band Repertoire

Music for 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.  We are also open to learning new songs for your special event!




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, assuming the same instruments have been hired.

Wedding Music:  Audio clips are available, to listen click here.

Wedding Processional Pieces

Popular Jewish processional pieces include:

Chorshat Ha-Eucalyptus

Dodi Li (traditional)

Dodi Li (Modern, by Cantor Steve Sher)

Erev Ba

Erev Shel Shoshanim

Iti Milvanon

Processional from Fiddler on the Roof

Sunrise, Sunset


Original Klezmer Processional: Leah’s Saraband



Siman Tov

Od Yishama

Chusn-Kalleh Mazl Tov


Jewish Wedding Dances (Horas including Siman Tov, Od Yishama, Chusn Kalleh Mazl Tov, etc.; Dance for Bride and Groom or “shtick” (Keytzad Mrakdim), The “Crowning” (Krenzel) dance for the parents upon the marriage of their last child (Mezinke), Matzorena (The Jewish Macarena)

and others.


Israeli and Klezmer Dances (Alphabetically).  The most popular dances are bold.

Erev Ba

Hiney Ma Tov (rikud)

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

Hora Agadati

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

Krenzel Tanz (Crowning Dance--Mezinke—for the parents of the last child to be married)

Ma Navu

Matzorena (The Jewish Macarena—an original line dance)


Od Lo Ahavti Dai

Salaam (Od Yavo Shalom)

Shiffers Tanz

Shmelkie’s Nigun

Turkish Kiss

Tzena, Tzena

Wedding Horas (Od Yishama, Yasis Alayich, etc.)

Yesh (bar-bat mitzvah parties)

Zemer Atik


To engage your guests in these dances, consider adding a Designated Danceleader to your band.  For Bar or Bat Mitzvah parties of 50+ kids, 2 dance-leaders are recommended.


Other Jewish/Hebrew/Israeli/Sephardic Songs include:

Adio Querida, Adon Olam, Al Kol Eyle, Am Yisrael Chai, Bashana Haba'ah, Cuando El Rey Nimrod, Fiddler on the Roof songs; Keren Or (Noa), Lechi Lach (Debbie Friedman), Mishaela (Noa), Ocho Kandelikas, Oseh Shalom, Scalrica D’Oro; Yerushalayim Shel Zahav, etc.


Modern Chassidic & Line Dances include:

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



Weddings: Classical Processional and Background Music 

Most classical music choices are available upon request. 

String quartet repertoire is available if two violins, cello and viola are hired.


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

Pachelbel: 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 


Dance Band Repertoire:


1) Jazz / Swing / Ballroom Dance / Broadway 

(Some selections require an additional vocalist to be included in the band.)

All of Me

All The Things You Are


And the Angels Sing

Anniversary Waltz

As Time Goes By

At Last

Begin the Beguine

Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered

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

Fly Me to the Moon

Frank Sinatra Tunes

Georgia on My Mind

Glenn Miller Medley

How High the Moon

In the Mood

It Had To Be You

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

Mood Indigo

Moonlight Serenade

Moscow Nights (Midnight in Moscow)

My Funny Valentine

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

Someone to Watch Over Me

Somewhere Over the Rainbow


Sweet Home Chicago

Stomping at the Savoy

Take the A-Train

That's A-Plenty (Dixieland)

They Can't Take That Away From Me

Tuxedo Junction


(The) Way You Look Tonight

What a Wonderful World

What I Like About You

When I Fall In Love

You Do Something to Me


Classic Rock and Pop (These require a Male Rock Guitarist-Singer):

Specific songs depend upon the repertoire of the particular singer.  This is a representative sampling of their repertoire.


Across the Universe 

Ain’t Too Proud To Beg

All My Loving 

And I Love Her

At the Hop

Back in the USSR 

Born to be Wild

Brown-Eyed Girl

Can't Buy Me Love

Can't Help Falling in Love 


Cotton-Eyed Joe

Dance Me to the End of Love

Dynamite (Taio Cruz)

Eight Days a Week

Fields of Gold

Forever Young (Dylan)

Get Down Tonight

Get Ready

Gimme Some Lovin'

Good Lovin'

Hanky Panky

Have I Told You Lately (Rod Stewart)

Here, There and Everywhere 

Hot Hot Hot 

I Feel Fine 

I Feel Good

If I Fell 

I'm a Believer 

In My Life 

I Saw Her Standing There

I've Just Seen a Face 

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

Limbo Rock

Long Tall Sally

Long Train Runnin' (Without Love)

Mony Mony

Moon Dance

Mustang Sally

My Girl

Oh What a Night

Old-Time Rock 'n Roll

Play that Funky Music

Pretty Woman

Rock Around the Clock


Soul Man

Sweet Caroline

Sweet Home Alabama

Sweet Home Chicago 

The Way I Am (Ingrid Michaelson)

 (The) Twist

Twist and Shout


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 


Pop, Motown and Contemporary (These require Male and Female Rock/R & B Singers):

At Last 

Dancing in the Street

Dancing Queen

Heard it Through the Grapevine

I Want You Back (Jackson 5)

I Will Always Love You

I Will Survive (Gloria Gaynor)

I Wish

Let's Stay Together

Natural Woman (Aretha)

Proud Mary

Play That Funky Music

Signed, Sealed, Delivered

Sir Duke

Stand By Me

True Colors (Cyndi Lauper)

Uptown Funk

Walking on Sunshine

We Are Family

(Other rock, pop and Motown songs available on request)


For Bar/Bat Mitzvah Parties: Games and Dance Contests 

Adult-Kid (or Kid-Kid) Dance Contest
Bottle Dance Contest (from Fiddler on the Roof)

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

Hula Hoop Contest

Hula Hoop Hot Potato

Limbo Contest

Musical Chairs


3) International and World Music


Latin, Salsa, Mambo

Ballroom Dances: Tango, Rhumba, Cha-Cha

Besame Mucho


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)

Saint Thomas

Sunny Ray (Salsa)


Tea for Two (Cha-Cha)


Tico Tico 

Watch What Happens




Russian; Gypsy

Ach! Odessa

Alexandra (waltz)

Czardas Monti (and other czardas's)

Kozatzke (Russian Sailor's Dance)

Lark (Pacsirta)


Liublu (I Love--tango)

Medley of Classic Russian Twists

Medley of Russian Foxtrots

Moskovskie Okna (Moscow Windows)

Nyeudachnoye Svidaniye (Unlucky Date)

Ochi Chorniye (Dark Eyes)

Odinokoye Garmon (Lonely Accordion) 

Ostrov Nevezeniya (Island of Bad Luck)

Pesinka Izvoshika (Song of the Coachman)

Pensinka O Horoshem Nastroyenii (Song About a Great Mood)

Pesinka Pro Zayetzev (Song about Bunnies)

Podmoskovniye Vechera (Moscow Nights) 

Pora V’Put-Dorogu (Time To Get Going)

Rio Rita

Russian-Jewish Wedding (Ivanko, Itzik, U Ribalki, 7:40)

Sertze (My Heart--Tango)

Usti Usti Baba (Macedonian Roma)

Utomlyoniye Solntze (Weary Sun--Tango)

Valse "Boston"


Danny Boy 

Irish Washerwoman (Jig)

Over the Waterfall (Reel)

Saint Anne's Reel

Mari's Wedding

My Wild Irish Rose

Star of the County Down

Swallow Tail Jig

Wearing of the Green

When Irish Eyes are Smiling

The Parting Glass


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




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

Return to Me

Santa Lucia

Summertime in Venice

Soli (A Celentano)

Susanna (A. Celentano) 


That's Amore



Can Can

Joe Dassen melodies

La Vie En Rose


Under Paris Skies (Sur le Ciel de Paris)



Clarinet Polka


Polkas and Mazurkas

Oginski: Polonaise

Sto Lat

Don’t see your favorite song here?  We will try to play it for you—just ask!

(847) 675-4800   

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