January 25, 2018
Doors open: 1:00 pm, Program 1:30 - 3:00 pm
With pianist/musicologist Jordan Klapman
From 1934’s The Continental to 1969’s Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head, popular songs written specifically for film by Jewish songwriters have won virtually half of all of the Oscars awarded for Best Song of The Year. Hooray for Hollywood!
Drop-In: $5.00 (Includes refreshments)
Between 1932 and 2010, popular songs written by Jewish songwriters, both composers and lyricists— have won virtually half of all of the Oscars awarded for Best Song of The Year.”
From 1934’s The Continental to 1969’s Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head, these extraordinary songs, written specifically for film, have become many of the most beloved and instantly identifiable popular songs and theme music of our time-- and a major part of the popular soundtrack to the 20th century.
Join musician/musicologist Jordan Klapman for this entertaining music-packed journey through the compelling stories and quirky creative personalities of the songwriters who created scores of Hollywood's greatest movie songs. Presented via lecture, PowerPoint visuals, archival recordings — and the odd bit of live piano and singalong... Hooray for Hollywood!
Jordan Klapman is a pianist, bandleader, music director, recording producer, and popular music educator. Since 1977 he has specialized in the performance of 20th-century popular music, including ragtime, traditional jazz, Dixieland, 1920s/30s salon music, Big Band, The Great American Songbook, Broadway, and klezmer. He can be heard in music festivals, jazz clubs, concert halls, and theatres across Canada and beyond. He has appeared at Roy Thomson Hall, Koerner Hall, Birdland in New York City, on CBC Radio and television, and as a radio show co-host on JazzFM with the late Jeff Healey.
Jordan teaches courses on the appreciation of 20th century popular music at The University of Toronto's School for Continuing Studies, Ryerson University’s LIFE Institute, The Baycrest Learning Academy, The Royal Conservatory, The Prosserman JCC, as well as at numerous synagogues, and other adult education institutions across the city.
At the Miles Nadal JCC, Jordan is one of our most popular guest speakers and performers, and has been presenting music lectures for more than 10 years, including: Gems from the Jewish-American Songbook; The Magic of Rodgers and Hammerstein; All That Jewish Jazz and Crazy Rhythm: The Roaring Twenties. Jordan has also been a special guest performer at some of our special events, such as our Big Band and Swing Dance Concert, Puttin’ on the Ritz and 60 Years of West Side Story.