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Tin Pan Alley

Jazz at Lincoln Center Performs Night of Gershwin

Thane Rosenbaum | Posted 02.01.2016 | New York
Thane Rosenbaum

The rhythm was absolutely fascinating at the Rose Theater over this past weekend as the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, led by its virtuoso artistic...

'Misia': A New Musical At Last

Barry Singer | Posted 05.23.2015 | Arts
Barry Singer

I never knew Vernon Duke but I have been working with him for fifteen years now and I'm delighted to report that we are finally, finally, getting someplace.

Notes on "Artistry" and Award Shows

Michael Nirenberg | Posted 04.15.2015 | Arts
Michael Nirenberg

I love music so much; that I don't see what good comes from choosing one cultural export as the song that defined our year 2014. The investigation of the word "artistry" is the only good thing to emerge from this media blip.

The Joy That Is Allen Toussaint

Marshall Fine | Posted 08.25.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Seeing Allen Toussaint perform twice in the space of about 60 days -- in drastically different circumstances each time -- reminded me of why a love for musical roots can seemingly never run out of ways to discover and rediscover the beginnings of American popular music.

The State of the State (Song) of the Golden State

Michael Sigman | Posted 06.18.2013 | Los Angeles
Michael Sigman

If you've heard "I Love You California" at all, chances are it's from a Jeep commercial. Has the moment arrived to dream up a more up-to-date theme?

Is YouTube the New Tin Pan Alley?

Ryan Cunningham | Posted 11.18.2012 | Arts
Ryan Cunningham

Where is the next George Gershwin cutting his ivory teeth? I've spent the last decade looking to Broadway for inspiration from the next generation of writers -- but more and more I've found that some of the most exciting new musical theater writers are debuting on YouTube.

Stage Door: Still Life, A Steady Rain, If It Wasn't For the Irish and the Jews

Fern Siegel | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Fern Siegel

Three shows on and off Broadway showcase friendships, street life and New York's forgotten era of Jewish and Irish songwriters.