Henry Sapoznik is an award-winning record and radio producer, banjoist, author, ethnomusicologist in the fields of Yiddish and American popular and traditional music. A pioneer in the revival of klezmer music, in 1985 Sapoznik founded KlezKamp the first program designed to teach traditional Yiddish folk arts and co-founded Living Traditions in 1995 to continue that work. Sapoznik continued to direct it until it ended in 2015. A five time Grammy nominated producer Sapoznik won the 2002 Peabody award for his 13-part NPR series “The Yiddish Radio Project” and his collection of broadcasts was acquired by the American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress in 2011.
Sapoznik recently released on Jalopy Records, “Banjew” a collection of American old time songs and tunes his first banjo recording since 1982, and produced and curated “Attractive Hebrews: The Lambert Yiddish Cylinders 1901-1905” which won the 2017 Certificate of Merit from the Association of Recorded Sounds Collections. Sapoznik is currently working with Dick Spottswood on a new reissue set “Protobilly: The Tin Pan Alley DNA of Country Music 1894-1939” for JSP records.