a/k/a: Professor Gizmo; Giz
Band member: 1977–78
Instruments: Bass trombone, rotary-valve tuba, bass drum, cymbals, tambourine, gizmos
Albums: Streets of Gold, First Recordings
Subsequent gigs: David Krakauer, Andy Narell, The Gonnifs, California Klezmer, American Heritage Jazz Band, Margot Leverett, Choro Time
Profile: Street-savvy one-man band Professor Gizmo infused The Klezmorim with goofy humor and a decadent neo-vaudevillian aesthetic. He also introduced us to fellow street player Brian Wishnefsky, who became our beloved trumpeter for six years. Gizmo graduated from salsa band Mirasol and retro-plunkers The Cheap Suit Serenaders to join us. When he left The Klezmorim, it took two musicians and a percussionist to replace him.