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Lyrics & Lyricists: Get Happy - Harold Arlen's Early Years

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Lyrics & Lyricists: Get Happy - Harold Arlen's Early Years

Published Jan 17, 2017
Updated Feb 6, 2017

92nd Street Y (92Y)

1395 Lexington Avenue, (212) 415-5500

Saturday (January 21), Sunday (January 22), Monday (January 23)

To launch the 47th season of this highly successful series, artistic director Robert Kimball puts the spotlight on the jazzy early years of the iconic songwriter Harold Arlen. In order to illustrate the diversity of Arlen’s music, they’ve assembled a brilliant Broadway belter (Klea Blackhurst), a first-rate character man and comic (Stephen DeRosa, from “Boardwalk Empire”), and the remarkable blues and jazz singer (Catherine Russell). Backing them all up is the world’s greatest specialist in the hot jazz of the 1930s, Vince Giordano, with his 11-piece band The Nighthawks. There’ll also be multi-media in the form of rare filmed appearances by the composer himself.

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Author: Will Friedwald
Photography by: STEPHEN SOROKOFF

Author: Will Friedwald

Will Friedwald writes about music and popular culture for THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, VANITY FAIR and PLAYBOY magazine and reviews current shows for THE CITIVIEW NEW YORK. He also is the author of nine books, including the award-winning A BIOGRAPHICAL GUIDE TO THE GREAT JAZZ AND POP SINGERS, SINATRA: THE SONG IS YOU, STARDUST MELODIES, TONY BENNETT: THE GOOD LIFE, LOONEY TUNES & MERRIE MELODIES, and JAZZ SINGING. He has written over 600 liner notes for compact discs, received ten Grammy nominations, and appears frequently on television and other documentaries. He is also a consultant and curator for Apple Music.

New Books:

THE GREAT JAZZ AND POP VOCAL ALBUMS (Pantheon Books / Random House, November 2017)