Celebrating the Life of Norman Tischler


A full-building musical celebration of Norman Tischler

Your ticket gets you a seat in the supper club, as well as standing room access in the concert hall. Feel free to walk back and forth and enjoy both stages. 100% of ticket sales proceeds will be donated to offset medical and funeral expenses.


Why you should see this show…

Cleveland lost an all-time great, Norman Tischler. Norm was not only a fantastic player, he was one of the warmest people we have known. Always had a kind word, a little joke, and a reassuring hug for all of us. He will be deeply, deeply missed.
Performing in the Supper Club:
Backstreet Blues Band
The Back Up Band
Blue Lunch
Prodigal Sons
Phil Barron
Travis Haddix
Evie Morris & Lauren Payne

Performing in the Concert Hall:
Moss Stanley & Tony Koussa
The Workman’s Circle Klezmer Orchestra
Patrick Lynch
Yiddishe Cup
Tiny Alice
Alan Greene & Butch Armstrong
Colin Dussault
Free Masons Presentation
Brothers Band

Norman Tischler Bio
Originally a native of Brooklyn, NY, Norman arrived in Cleveland nearly thirty years ago as a VISTA volunteer and quickly found himself a gig in the house band for WEWS’s Upbeat show where he backed up dozens of nationally known rock and soul artists. After the demise of the show he joined the legendary band Tiny Alice with whom he toured nationally and recorded for Kama Sutra Records. It would be hard to count the bands Norm has played with since that time, but just for fun, let’s mention a few: Brothers Blues Band, Blue Lunch, Edsels, Freewheelin’, the BopKats, Mary Martin, Robert Lockwood, Jr., Bill Dawg and the Extraordinares, Gopher Broke, Victory Boulevard, DT and the Shakes, and the Motion. It is with the Motion that he can be seen performing in the film Light of Day. In recent years, Norman had become one of the area’s most sought after wind instrument teachers.

When one thinks of strolling musicians, thoughts usually go to Continental dining rooms and strolling violinists, or Mexican cantinas with mariachi trumpets and/or guitars. Not for Norman Tischler. He was a strolling saxophonist. Norman was one of the Cleveland area’s best known and most sought-after sax players. It all started in 1995 when the band director at one of the local high schools asked him to play solo sax for the senior class dinner. “I stood in the lobby of Wellington’s Restaurant and played old songs for two hours. These were songs that I hadn’t played for over twenty years and I remembered them like it was yesterday. I did “Some Enchanted Evening,” I did “Anything Goes” I played Jerome Kern, Cole Porter, Rogers and Hart, Rogers and Hammerstein, and a whole bunch of old tunes that I used to play at hotels in the Catskill Mountains when I was in high school and college. It’s so much hipper than a strolling violin player, don’t you think?”


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