Saul Goodman's Klezmer Band

Saul Goodman's Klezmer Band comes from a musical tradition tracing back to the old world shtetl of Szrensk. Incorporating post-immigrant sounds rooted in klezmer, Saul Goodman's music moves the spirit and the dance. It's always a simcha with Saul!



Mike Perlmutter Originally from the greater Boston area, Mike has called the San Francisco Bay Area home since 1998. During that time he's devoted much energy to klezmer and Balkan folk musics and has performed on saxophone and clarinet with both experimental and Eastern European folk-based groups such as Inspector Gadje, Zoyres Eastern European Wild Ferment, and Saul Goodman's Klezmer Band. He's organized music and cultural events through KlezCalifornia, the Jewish Music Festival, the Subterranean Arthouse, and Saul's Deli in Berkeley, where he's curated Klezmer Mondays since April 2012. Outside of music he works for the City of Oakland supporting volunteer efforts to clean, green, and beautify the city. He's also known for his pickling.
Dave Rosenfeld brings a wealth of expression to Saul Goodman's Klezmer Band. Dave plays violin, mandolin, bass, and percussion with the group, and also leads traditional dance and performs as a bod'chn (traditional Yiddish wedding jester and master of ceremonies). Dave's bod'chn performance also incorporates juggling, comedy, and improvisation. Dave teaches klezmer classes and workshops, and has played in klezmer bands such as Kugelplex and the Freylachmakers Klezmer String Band. Dave holds a B.A. in Studio Art from UC Davis and an M.A. in Music Composition from Mills College. For more on Dave, visit
Ilana Sherer is the best klezmer violin playing pediatrician in the Bay Area, at least she thinks. She has studied classical violin since age five, and began to perform klezmer as a member and then band leader of Yarmulkazi while at Brown University. She spent many years in Philadelphia where she played with various East Coast groups and organized a monthly community klezmer jam. She's a long time attendee of Klez Kamp, where she works in the childrens program, and Klez Kanada. She spends her days (and nights) as a pediatrician who specializes in transgender youth.
Dmitri Gaskin loves goats. When he's not drinking milk, making cheese, or eating yogurt, he plays accordion with Saul Goodman. Having played piano from the age of five, Dmitri began playing the accordion a few years later. He studies with accordion masters Josh Horowitz and Alan Bern. Dmitri has served on the advisory board of the Jewish Music Festival. By day, Dmitri is a computer programmer.
Jack Hanley heard klezmer music for the first time at the precise moment that he had just picked up a friend's mandolin for the first time. The combination changed his life. A percussionist by nature, Jack started drumming at the age of nine and has recorded and toured with marching bands, jazz quartets, ragtime jug bands, American and Eastern European folk ensembles, reggae bands and even heavy metal groups, but nothing tickles his heart or moves his feet like a Freylach or Bulgar beat. Jack studies traditional Jewish dance rhythms and mandolin at klezmer festivals like KlezCalifornia and KlezKanada, as well as next to his record player. In between performances and guiding rock climbing classes, Jack can be found two thousand feet up a granite wall somewhere in the Sierra.
Saul Goodman comes from a musical tradition tracing back to the old world shtetl of Szrensk. Now based by San Francisco Bay, Saul is an ever-positive influence in the community. Saul himself may not always make it to the gigs, but nevertheless, "it's all good man!"



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Main photo: Kipp Marzulo. Photo of Jack: Lea Delson. Video: Chip Curry.