An entertainment legend, Al Jolson was and remains a towering figure of musical theater. Jolson took over the venerable Kraft Music Hall in 1947 - a series he had headlined briefly in the early 1930s. This classic program was a masterpiece of careful planning and careful understanding of how to package a performer like Jolson to his best advantage. This collection features 30 Kraft Music Hall programs, all newly restored to the highest audio quality using equipment that was not available when the first collection was produced. In addition, this volume features other classic Jolson radio appearances, including three Lux Radio Theatre episodes. Jolson on the Radio is the most comprehensive, best sounding collection of this fantastic performer´s classic radio appearances, showing clearly why Al Jolson deserves every single accolade given him. Jimmy Durante; Boris Karloff; Madeleine Carroll; Lucille Ball; Walter O´Keefe; Ed Archie Gardner; Edward Everett Horton; Edward G. Robin son. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Al Jolson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/drms/000910/bk_drms_000910_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From ´´Over the Rainbow´´ to ´´Moon River´´ and from Al Jolson to Barbra Streisand, The Songs of Hollywood traces the fascinating history of song in film, both in musicals and in dramatic movies such as High Noon. This delightful book sheds much light on some of Hollywood´s best known and loved repertoire, explaining how the film industry made certain songs memorable, and highlighting important moments of film history along the way. The book focuses on how the songs were presented in the movies, from early talkies where actors portrayed singers ´´performing´´ the songs, to the Golden Age in which characters burst into expressive, integral song - not as a ´´performance´´ but as a spontaneous outpouring of feeling. The book looks at song presentation in 1930s classics with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers and in 1940s gems with Judy Garland and Gene Kelly. The authors also look at the decline of the genre since 1960, when most original musicals were replaced by film versions of Broadway hits such as My Fair Lady. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Philip Furia, Laurie Patterson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/015533/bk_adbl_015533_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Big-nosed, brash, and boisterous, beloved entertainer Jimmy Durante parlayed a career in vaudeville, nightclubs, and Broadway shows into a radio career highlighted by many successful programs throughout the 1930s and 1940s. After spending the war years paired with crewcutted comic Garry Moore, the Great Schnozzola went solo in 1947 in a hilarious series for Rexall Drugs that also featured Arthur Treacher as his sarcastic British butler, multivoiced character comedians Candy Candido and Elvia Allman, musical numbers by Peggy Lee, and a raft of well-known guest stars. The 12 shows in this collection showcase Durante at his bigger-than-life best, complete with the fractured English, gravel-voiced musical numbers, and warmhearted buffoonery that made him a show business legend. Guest host Frank Morgan; guest host Al Jolson; T-Men; Courtin´ Corabelle; The Birthday of Jimmy´s Nose; A Night at Ciro´s; A Visit to the Race Track; Flying Lessons; Guest Van Johnson; Planning a Vacation. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jimmy Durante. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/drms/000907/bk_drms_000907_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Big-nosed, brash, and boisterous, beloved entertainer Jimmy Durante parlayed a career in vaudeville, nightclubs, and Broadway shows into a radio career highlighted by many successful programs throughout the 1930s and 1940s. After spending the war years paired with crewcutted comic Garry Moore, the Great Schnozzola went solo in 1947 in a hilarious series for Rexall Drugs that also featured Arthur Treacher as his sarcastic British butler, multivoiced character comedians Candy Candido and Elvia Allman, musical numbers by Peggy Lee, and a raft of well-known guest stars. The 12 shows in this collection showcase Durante at his bigger-than-life best, complete with the fractured English, gravel-voiced musical numbers, and warmhearted buffoonery that made him a show business legend. Guest host Frank Morgan; guest host Al Jolson; T-Men; Courtin´ Corabelle; The Birthday of Jimmy´s Nose; A Night at Ciro´s; A Visit to the Race Track; Flying Lessons; Guest Van Johnson; Planning a Vacation. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jimmy Durante. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/drms/000908/bk_drms_000908_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Dorothy Parker holds a place in history as one of New Yorks most beloved writers. Now, for the first time in nearly a century, the public is invited to enjoy Mrs. Parkers sharp wit and biting commentary on the Jazz Age hits and flops in this first-ever published collection of her groundbreaking Broadway reviews.Starting when she was twenty-four at Vanity Fair as New Yorks only female theatre critic, Mrs. Parker reviewed some of the biggest names of the era: the Barrymores, George M. Cohan, W.C. Fields, Helen Hayes, Al Jolson, Eugene ONeil, Will Rogers, and the Ziegfeld Follies. Her words of praiseand contemptfor the dramas, comedies, musicals, and revues are just as fresh and funny today as they were in the age of speakeasies and bathtub gin. Annotated with a notes section by Kevin C. Fitzpatrick, president of the Dorothy Parker Society, the volume shares Parkers outspoken opinions of a great era of live theatre in America, from a time before radio, talking pictures, and television decimated attendance. Dorothy Parker: Complete Broadway, 19181923 provides a fascinating glimpse of Broadway in its Golden Era and literary life in New York through the eyes of a renowned theatre critic.
Behind the scenes at the legendary Warner Brothers film studio, where four immigrant brothers transformed themselves into the moguls and masters of American fantasy Warner Bros charts the rise of an unpromising film studio from its shaky beginnings in the early 20th century through its ascent to the pinnacle of Hollywood influence and popularity. The Warner Brothers - Harry, Albert, Sam, and Jack - arrived in America as unschooled Jewish immigrants, yet they founded a studio that became the smartest, toughest, and most radical in all of Hollywood. David Thomson provides fascinating and original interpretations of Warner Brothers pictures from the pioneering talkie The Jazz Singer through black-and-white musicals, gangster movies, and such dramatic romances as Casablanca, East of Eden, and Bonnie and Clyde. He recounts the storied exploits of the studio´s larger-than-life stars, among them Al Jolson, James Cagney, Bette Davis, Errol Flynn, Humphrey Bogart, James Dean, Doris Day, and Bugs Bunny. The Warner brothers´ cultural impact was so profound, Thomson writes, that their studio became ´´one of the enterprises that helped us see there might be an American dream out there´´. 1. Language: English. Narrator: David Thomson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/032210/bk_adbl_032210_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Jazz is a uniquely American art form, one of America´s great contributions to not only musical culture, but world culture, with each generation of musicians applying new levels of creativity that take the music in unexpected directions that defy definition, category, and stagnation. Now you can learn the basics and history of this intoxicating genre in an eight-lecture series that is as free-flowing and original as the art form itself. You´ll follow the evolution of jazz from its beginnings in the music and dancing of the antebellum plantations to its morphing into many shapes as its greatest innovators gave us ragtime, the blues, the swing music of the big band era, boogie-woogie, and big band blues. You´ll follow the rise of modern jazz in all of its many forms, including bebop, cool, modal, free, and fusion jazz. And you´ll learn how the course of jazz was changed by key technological innovations, such as the invention of the microphone, which allowed smaller-voiced singers like Bing Crosby or Mel Torme to share a limelight once reserved for the bigger voices of stars like Bessie Smith or Al Jolson. Beginning the story on those antebellum plantations, Professor Messenger reveals how the ´´cakewalks´´ of slave culture gave birth to a dance craze at the end of the 19th century that was ignorant of its own humble roots. And he explores the irony of the minstrel shows, which derived from Southern beliefs of black cultural inferiority yet eventually spawned a musical industry that African-American musicians would dominate for decades to come. As a bonus, the lectures are also very entertaining, with Professor Messenger frequently turning to his piano to illustrate his musical points, often with the help of guest artists. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bill Messenger. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tcco/000084/bk_tcco_000084_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.