My love of music and my years in the music industry as a songwriter, producer and music executive have given me insights and personal stories that I love to share. My lectures include classes on Rock & Roll, Broadway, The Great American Songbook**, and much more.
"The Broadway Genius of Leonard Bernstein, Frank Loesser and Jerry Herman"
Only a select few in the annals of American popular music have successfully accomplished the daunting task of both composing music and writing lyrics. Irving Berlin and Cole Porter were the first.
In this course, we take a look at the two gifted sons of immigrants who took up the torch: Frank Loesser and the man he mentored, Jerry Herman. Loesser’s Guys & Dolls, Most Happy Fella, and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying delighted audiences throughout the ‘50s and into the ‘60s. Herman’s Hello Dolly, Mame, and La Cage Aux Folles brought audiences to their feet into the ‘80s. Acclaimed revivals of their shows continue into the 21st Century.
We also look at the man who was affectionately called Lenny by millions of his admirers: Leonard Bernstein, who was a one-of-a-kind genius. We focus on his Broadway contributions consisting of On the Town, Wonderful Town and his masterpiece, West Side Story. If you’re a fan of Broadway musicals, this course should give you what you’ve been missing.
Every Wednesday, 1:00PM to 3:00PM (Pacific Time) beginning September 22nd through October 27th (This class has now been changed to a Zoom presentation ONLY)
UCLA Extension Gayley Center, 1145 Gayley Avenue, Los Angeles
Every Wednesday 1:00PM to 3:00PM
**People have asked what songwriters and singers are featured in the four volumes of “The Great American Songbook”. Here’s a list:
The Songwriters: Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, Johnny Mercer, Hoagy Carmichael, Rodgers & Hart.
The Singers: Al Jolson, Louis Armstrong, Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Doris Day, Eddie Fisher, Bobby Darin and Andy Williams.
The Songwriters: Cole Porter, George & Ira Gershwin, Gus Kahn, Howard Dietz & Arthur Schwartz, Jimmy Van Heusen and Sammy Cahn.
The Singers: Tony Bennett, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, Johnny Mathis, Mel Tormé, Tony Martin, Rosemary Clooney, The Andrews Sisters, Glenn Miller and more.
The Songwriters: Harold Arlen, Burton Lane, George M. Cohan, Dorothy Fields, Cy Coleman, Carolyn Leigh, DeSylva, Brown & Henderson, Mack Gordon, Alan & Marilyn Bergman.
The Singers: Judy Garland, Lena Horne, Sammy Davis, Jr., Perry Como, Dean Martin, Frankie Laine, Johnny Ray and a look at some big bands such as Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, Count Basie and more.
Volume 4 (Coming in 2022):
The Songwriters: Harry Warren, Duke Ellington, Leo Robin, Yip Harburg, Livingston & Evans, Paul Francis Webster, Henry Mancini, Vernon Duke, Bert Kalmar & Harry Ruby, Walter Donaldson, Ned Washington, Frank Loesser and Jules Styne.
The Singers: Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gormé, The Mills Brothers, Billie Holiday, Les Paul & Mary Ford, Peggy Lee and a wrap up of any songwriters or singers we’ve missed along the way.
All of the songwriters mentioned above have given us some of the best music the world has ever known.