Elaine Hoffman-Watts is a klezmer drummer from Philadelphia, USA. She comes from a line of klezmer musicians from what is now Ukraine and is the daughter of Jacob Hoffman, a klezmer xylophone player and bandleader from the 1920s who also played with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Ballets Russes Orchestra. Her daughter Susan Watts is a klezmer trumpet player and an important figure in the klezmer revival.
Since 1998 she has been a regular percussion teacher at Klezkamp, and she has taught percussion in the Philadelphia area since the mid-1960s. In 2007 she won a National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship Award.
- National Endowment for the Arts Heritage Fellowship site (biography)
- Klezmershack review and Biography of Elaine Hoffman-Watts
- Philly Klezmer site timeline of notable events in Elaine Hoffman-Watts' life
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