In honor of Mickey's 114th birthday, June 15, 1909, here is a brief excerpt from a filmed interview that has not been seen since 1979. The Mickey Katz Project is an amusing, not quite Kosher documentary currently in production, celebrating the life, music, comedy and Jewishness of Mickey Katz.
Katz is most well known for his parodies, but he created more traditional klezmer music as well. His songs have been compiled onto CDs, including Mish Mosh, The Most Mishige, Mickey Katz Greatest Shticks, and Simcha Time: Music for Weddings, Bar Mitzvahs, and Brisses. Katz played with many musicians throughout the years, but he initially performed his parodies with Mannie Klein on trumpet, Sammy Weiss on drums, Benny Gill on violin, Si Zentner on trombone, and Wally Wechsler on piano. Al Sack, the man who created the music for Katz's first two parodies, assembled these players for Katz and then helped him get Nat Farber to arrange the music