Sunday November 5, 2023
— a “hybrid” event —
ALEX HASSAN, Proprietor EMERSON AVENUE RESCUE SERVICE, UNLTD, LTD, INC., LLC, LLBean
Ladies & Gents. A week and a half ago, our scheduled Nov. 5th performers reluctantly cancelled their program. Hostess Jackie Anderson instantaneously remembered that an Emerson Avenue Regular, Alex Hassan, had recently thrown his hat in, for any November cancellations.
SOOOOO, here he is, a male piano syncopator of his word!
The week & a half prep, says Alex, is just enough to prepare a program featuring some of our faves from his past concerts. You’ll hear Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Jerome Kern, Harry Warren, Stockhausen (jes’ kiddin’), an early talkie medley, and 3 of Alex’s own compositions.
So drop everything this coming Sunday night, Nov. 5th, 7:30, and hit the button above.
“See ya'” there (here?)–
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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