Singer and music historian Harvey Granat shares, in story and song, his fascinating personal relationship with Sammy Cahn, a four-time Academy Award-winning lyricist, this Saturday, December 9, 2017 at Local 802, Musicians’ Hall 322 West 48th Street, NYC. Doors open at 1 PM for a 1:30 PM program start. All are welcome to come and enjoy; the music charge is only $15 per person for the entertainment, which will also include an opening set by teen singer Joie Bianco, who won the Julie Wilson Award, presented to her onstage this October during an appearance at the annual Mabel Mercer Foundation’s Cabaret Convention at Jazz at Lincoln Center.
She was a finalist in Michael Feinstein’s annual cabaret competition and immersive workshops (two consecutive summers) for high school students. Prior to this, she was voted Audience Favorite in the MetroStar Talent Challenge annual singing contest alongside adult competitors and was co-winning in its companion competition for young people, MetroMinor, at the Metropolitan Room, where she also guested in several multi-performer shows and benefits and made her solo debut nine months ago on her 16th birthday. She studies with Marilyn Maye. A surprise guest will also be on Saturday’s bill, promises/teases the American Popular Song Society’s head, Linda Amiel Burns.
Sammy Cahn was a lyricist whose most important collaborators were the composers Jule Styne, Jimmy Van Heusen and Saul Chaplin. Cahn wrote the words for dozens of songs that became hits, including “All the Way,” “Time After Time,” and “Three Coins in the Fountain.” He was a particular favorite of Frank Sinatra, for whom he wrote more lyrics than any other songwriter of his time. The New York Times said of him, “Sammy Cahn (is) one of the last American songwriters to embody the scrappy can-do spirit of Tin Pan Alley.”
The American Popular Song Society meets on the second Saturday of each month from October through June. Single Membership is only $55 per year for nine great programs and a monthly Newsletter. You can click here to become a member. The APSS was established in 1980 as a not-for-profit social organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the American Song Book. The APSS provides a forum for discussion, education and performance, as well as the encouragement of current songwriters to create new songs which extend the tradition. There are also opportunities for those who collect classic sheet music and recordings.