Sunday September 20, 2020
“TIN PAN ALLEY ARCHAEOLOGY“
Late Romantic Melodies from the Outer Limits of Broadway & Hollywood.
Alex Hassan just can’t stay away from Emerson Avenue. He’s a veritable syncopated solo piano streaming stalker. And we let him in every time!!!
All seriousness aside, the local pianoodler is back with some startlingly gorgeous tunes written [mostly] between the wars. There’ll be a healthy mix of known and unknown, romantic and toe-tapping. You’ll hear veritable first performances of two unpublished 1920s piano novelties composed by one of the big three of ragtime, Joseph Lamb. You’ll hear the premiere of a supremely charming novelty by the Baltimore Symphony’s musician for all seasons, Jonathan Jensen. It’s an uncanny tribute to 1920s/30s popular piano styles. And you’ll hear a slew of songs that “could’ve been a contender”–if there weren’t already a slew of just such melodies.
Tune in, and take a well-deserved break from politics and pandemics.
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