Celebrate 4th of July With The Great American Songbook

There are a lot of ways to celebrate the 4th of July, but we can’t think of anything more fitting than to incorporate the stories and melodies of the Great American Songbook. Born out of the first half of the 20th century, the Songbook still remains the canon of some of the most influential songs in American popular music. From Broadway and Musical Theater to Film, this music is woven deeply into the fabric of our popular culture and collective imagination. Timeless and uniquely American songs that remind us of who we are. This 4th of July, we are so pleased to recommend these three talented artists, bringing you varied and captivating portraits of our Great American Songbook.

Hilary Kole Sings The Great American Songbook

Ms. Kole has been hailed by critics as a “musical marvel!” (Rex Reed, New York Observer.) In reviewing Kole’s performance in the New York Times, Stephen Holden wrote,”swinging…sultry….sexy with a sharp-edged hint of brass in her voice…Kole locates the desperation and impatience lurking in Cole Porter’s besotted lyrics.” And Robert Daniels from Daily Variety said “Kole is quite the prettiest young thrush on the club circuit…it’s torch singing at its apex.” More…

The Great American Songbook Starring Bob Stillman

American Songbook stars the multi-talented and multi-faceted Bob Stillman who has lit up some of New York’s best-known stages as writer, musician and actor. He’s been nominated twice for Tony Awards—first as actor, composer and onstage pianist in “Dirty Blonde,” and later as one of the songwriters for “Urban Cowboy.” Bob has also brought his uniquely soulful original songs to such popular New York venues as Joe’s Pub, The Cutting Room, Wilson’s and Elaine’s. His just-released debut CD “Come Down Angel,” co-produced with Tom Corwin (whose credits include work with Bonnie Raitt and Stevie Wonder) has been steadily attracting listeners, and was selected as one of host Zoe Montana’s “Essentials” on radioio.com’s More…

American Songbook with Michael Civisca

Whether you categorize them as “The American Songbook”, “Hollywood and Broadway music”, “Jazz Standards” or “Tin Pan Alley”, the songs that were written throughout the first half of the 20th century are, by far, the most timeless musical works our country has known. As young European songwriters traveled to Ellis Island in the early 1900’s, they brought with them cultural and musical traditions that would begin to influence the lyrics and melodies being written in the streets of New York City and the stages of Broadway. The thousands of songs written throughout the 20’s, 30’s, 40’s, 50’s and 60’s, that found fame through movie musicals and Broadway shows, became part of America’s musical fabric. More…

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