In this new series, Will Friedwald, feature writer for The Wall Street Journal, Vanity Fair and the author of nine books on popular music, presents curated video clips from his extensive vintage collection to illustrate the great artistry of the performers and composers of the American Songbook.

The presentations will be driven both by a profundity of rare and fascinating video footage, nearly all of which hasn’t been seen publicly in decades (not available on home video or youTube) and his own incisive commentary. Many shows will feature unique guest stars as well.

  • Tue, Jan 24, 12 pm – Harold Arlen: Harold (and Others) Sing Arlen
    The legendary Broadway, Hollywood and Jazz maestro featured not only as songwriter but as pianist and a highly soulful singer, in rare footage, plus classic video clips of rare performances by Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Judy Garland, Lena Horne and other legendary singers.
  • Mon, Feb 27, 12 pm – Nat King Cole & Ella Fitzgerald Sing the Cole Porter Songbook
    The King of piano and vocals meets the first lady of song, presented not only in honor of the Ella Fitzgerald Centennial but the 125th anniversary of Porter’s birth. Special viewings of Louis Armstrong and Cole Porter himself, in very rare footage.
  • Tue, Mar 21, 12 pm – Woman’s Work: The Great Female Songwriters
    A program of classic performances of the great words and music of Dorothy Fields, Carolyn Leigh, Bernice Petkere, Ann Ronelle, Peggy Lee, Billie Holiday and Edith Piaf, as performed by a wide variety of interpreters.
  • Thu, Apr 27, 12 pm – Tony Bennett & Lena Horne Sing a String of Harold Arlen
    In honor of Mr. Bennett’s 90th birthday and the centennial of the great Lena, we present a program of the two of them, both together and separately, singing the music of Broadway’s jazziest songwriter, the incomparable Harold Arlen.

  • Tue, May 23, 12 pm – Celebrating Sheldon Harnick: “Dueling Fiddlers”
    In honor of his upcoming Lyrics & Lyricists show (and his long relationship with 92Y) we will salute his most famous work, Fiddler on the Roof, with a compendium of unusual vintage performances, ranging from hard-to-see clips of Zero Mostel and other members of the original cast, to highly original and sometimes startling impressions from performers ranging from Louis Armstrong to the Temptations.
  • Tue, Jun 20, 12 pm – The Best Of Lerner & Loewe with special guest Melissa Errico
    The iconic team wrote five classic shows together and are unquestionably one of the great collaborations of the musical theater. This video-centric presentation features classic performances by greats from the Broadway, pop music and jazz worlds, including such curios as the cast of the original Mexico City cast of Mi Bella Dama (My Fair Lady) performing “Why Can’t the English Learn to Speak” in Spanish! For this show, we’ll be joined by Melissa Errico, the latest of Broadway’s “Eliza Doolittles."

Brief Bio

Will Friedwald writes about jazz and nightlife for The Wall Street Journal. He also is the author of eight books on music and popular culture, 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 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 the co-producer & writer of Michael Feinstein’s Jazz & American Songbook series at Jazz at Lincoln Center & The American Songbook at NJPAC TV series for WNET & PBS.

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