Sunday July 2, 2023
Emerson Avenue Salonlines Proudly Presents
a Live YouTube Broadcast
– A “hybrid” concert –
Alex Hassan, piano
Rhythm and Romance
Hear ye! Hear ye! Alex Hassan, our inveterate (inevitable, he might say) virtuoso piano syncopator, joins the crew again, this Sunday night, July 2nd, at Emerson Avenue’s streaming salon headquarters. Alex has prepared an [almost] entirely new line-up of international piano novelties, jazzy numbers, rhythmic-romantic solos, and a Mahlerian-length grand fantasy on Hollywood and Broadway melodies by the incomparable Jerome Kern. Who could ask for anything more? (Must be a song title there…!!!)
There’ll be a chat-with-Alex Zoom session immediately following the concert.
Alex Hassan has been in total immersion 1920s/30s Tin Pan Alley Popular Piano Styles therapy for over 40 years. A pupil of a pupil of a pupil of a pupil of Franz Liszt (well…it SOUNDS impressive?!), he has been a torchbearer for the melodies of between-the-wars Broadway and Hollywood (and European equivalents), devoting himself more specifically to collecting and resurrecting the great “late Romantic with a beat” popular songs that really never had a chance.
His archival collection of [mostly] popular piano solo and vocal sheet music numbers around 50,000 titles, entirely 1920s/30s. It is a tribute to those heady musical times that there is still so much left to find.
Alex has performed internationally at such venues as England’s Aldeburgh Festival, Husum (2007 & 2015–“Piano Rarities Festival”), Washington DC’s Kennedy Center, the Coolidge Auditorium (Library of Congress), various Manhattan/Baltimore/Washington night spots, and national ragtime festivals. He has recorded prolifically for England’s SHELLWOOD PRODUCTIONS, Los Angeleno label OPERETTA ARCHIVES, and Pennsylvania’s STOMP OFF, and has produced/annotated several reissues of the virtuoso popular pianists of the 78RPM period, for both Shellwood and the Pittsburgh company, RIVERMONT (for which he has also recorded, along with two brilliant singing friends).
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