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Night out: Kvell with Don Byron and the music of Mickey Katz

Mickey Katz, Mish Mosh, 1957

The early show is already sold out, bubelehs, so sign up quick so you shouldn’t miss the late show: Don Byron: The Music of Mickey Katz at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, at the Museum of Contemporary Art Theater in Streeterville. Tickets are $20.

Don Byron

Don Byron

A great African-American jazz musician channeling one of the finest Yiddish comedians of the Borscht Belt? There hasn’t been anything like it since Slim Gaillard recorded “Matzoh Balls” in 1938.

Mickey Katz, the klezmer comic behind such 1950s parody songs as “How Much is That Pickle in the Window?” and “K’nish Doctor,” was more than just a comedian: A talented clarinetist and bandleader, he was the musical director for Spike Jones and his City Slickers, and recorded a slew of hit novelty albums noted for their musicality as well as their humor.

In 1993, award-winning jazz artist Don Byron discovered Katz’s music and recorded a tribute album, “Don Byron Plays the Music of Mickey Katz.” The MCA concert, part of the Chicago Humanities Festival, will reunite the album’s nine-musician ensemble, focusing on Katz’s silly songs and performing partly in Yiddish.

Normally, for a “Night out,” I’d recommend pre-concert dining within a couple of blocks of the entertainment venue. This time, I suggest you take the time to go a little farther, and have a nosh at Ashkenaz Deli, a half mile away on the Gold Coast.