Jim J's Jukebox - 92Y, New York

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Jim J's Jukebox

Spring is in the Air … and in the American Songbook

“This is a home run”

John Lahr, Theater Critic, The New Yorker

American Songbook buff Jim Jimirro returns by popular demand to share insights, behind-the-scenes anecdotes, and music from his vast collection. Jim’s presentations are packed with music, information, stories and humor as he passionately shows us how to listen to the structure of the music and the poetry of the lyrics. Each lively program is unique and features new songs and stories, from Vaudeville to Tin Pan Alley to Broadway to Hollywood. As spring approaches, Jim J curates a program inspired by the glorious coming season.

  • Track the journey of a song from one of Frank Loesser's most successful shows—from a backers’ audition, to a Broadway showstopper in the hands of Robert Morse, to a swinging, jazzy Frank Sinatra tour de force
  • Joni James illustrates the sad and lonely side of spring, while Rogers and Hart consider spring’s bittersweet feeling
  • Bobby Darin sings a spring song which proves that, even alone, one can be consoled with memories
  • Johnny Mercer takes a more clinical—and comical—look at spring
  • “Swing into Spring” ... the rhyme made the title inevitable. Benny Goodman takes it from there

Instructor

James P. Jimirro

James P. Jimirro, creator and founding President of The Disney Channel and Walt Disney Home Video, is currently Chairman of the Board of the National Lampoon. He received his BA degree in Radio-Television from Penn State University, and a Masters in Mass Communications from Syracuse University. He is a voting member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Oscars), and serves on the Board of Visitors for the College of Communications at Penn State. Mr. Jimirro is the author of numerous articles on media and it’s relationship to society. In 2003 he established The Jimirro In ...

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