Or maybe you're looking for one of these (thanks, Google):


Czech Republic, 2002                                   TP & TJ

Failure To Disperse, Noe Valley Farmers Market, SF 2011
Failure To Disperse (predecessor of The Probabillies), Noe Valley Farmers Market, SF 2011

Bluegrass picnic with Pam Brandon and Larry Chung, China Camp, 2005

Sweets Mill, 2009

Taxi Driver, Santiago de Cuba, 2012

Ngirchoureng at Night Market, Koror, Palau, 2018

baseball player, RIP        musician & engineer

I play mandolin, fiddle, guitar, and occasionally other musical instruments, with:

Wildcat on Toast (Doug, David, TP, Lawrence & unseen Joyce) at Paul's Saloon 
my first band in the 1980s

Hayfever (Doug, TP, Holly, David, Lawrence)

Hayfever (clockwise: David, TP, Holly, Lawrence, Doug)

Gold Coast (Paul, TP, Jeanette, Glenn, Tony F) at Santa Cruz Bluegrass Society Festival

County Line (Sue, TP, Bob, Doug, Paul) and tour bus

Some personal heros and mentors

Organizations in which I've been involved include:

Klezmer music: In hindsight, it seems inevitable that I'd be drawn into the klezmer revival, if only from proximity to some of the central people and influences.
Music groups, venues, organizations, media, stuff i like, etc.:


Time-wasting odds and ends (old):
      • "An Webedittting and Poofreading Hanbdook"
      • "How Not To Procrastinate!" (forthcoming)
Family matters
  • Irving memoirs transcript & recordings
  • Tom Phillips Woodworking in Ashland, Oregon
  • 2017 Obit of the talented Mr. John Nova Phillips
  • Lt. Louis Friedberg (right), my mother's first cousin (son of Dorothy, my grandfather Irving's older sister), served in W.W. II in the Fifteenth Air Force as a navigator on a B-24 bomber based in England, was shot down over Germany, and died in a POW camp at age 20 in 1944. According to family lore, he participated in the famous raid on oil facilities in Ploiesti, Romania, Operation Tidal Wave.  
  • Another cousin Edwin Brown (son of Etta, my grandfather Irving's younger sister; see next photo), also served in the Air Force in England during the war. Carla (far right in the same photo, daughter of Clara, grand-daughter of Dorothy).

TP, Ed, Paula, Carla (SF ~ 1999)

Ken (1929-2007), TP, Tom, Lupin (Ashland, Feb. 2007)

Ed Brown's painting and excellent likeness of my brother Tom

Taken at the wedding of a relative in New York around 1940.
Standing, L to R: Edwin Brown, Etta Brown, Clara Friedberg, Dorothy Levine Friedberg, Louis Friedberg, Mike Friedberg, Gussie Pfefferblum, Joe Levine
Seated: Sam Brown, Rose Friedberg, Carol Levin, Irving Levin, Ida Levine
Missing because too young to attend: Arnold Brown (10), Paula Levin (10), Arthur Levin (5)

Ken & John (NY ~ 1934)         Florence Klotz (age 13, Brooklyn 1914)

Etta, Ida, Irving (Grodno, Russia ~1904)         Abraham Pfefferblum (NY~1910)

Finally, a brief, yet telling, chronology: