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Jim J's Jukebox

The History and Evolution of Ol' Man River and More

“This is a home run”

John Lahr, Theater Critic, The New Yorker

Back by popular demand, Jim J’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. In this session, Jim will dig into somewhat rare relatives of popular show tunes. We all know “Ol’ Man River,” but Jimirro will explore another powerful song in which a force of nature exemplifies woes. Hear how the theater pipe organ is used in one of Cole Porter’s most delightful tunes and how Frank Sinatra glides through his most driving ballad. Listen to Bobby Darin’s redux of a Jerry Herman song about women, one to rival “Hello Dolly.”


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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