Louis Armstrong, c. 1947, courtesy of Photofest


The Great American Songbook, Vol. 1

The Songwriters, the Singers, and the Songs

Wednesdays, January 23–February 27, 1:00–3:00 pm

About the Program

Delve into the history of American popular music—the story of diverse individuals coming together to create groundbreaking, enduring work that reflects and defines us as a culture.

This class will explore songwriters Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, Hoagy Carmichael, Johnny Mercer, and Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart; singers Al Jolson, Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong, and Doris Day, among others; and all of their unforgettable songs.

Instructor: Steve Barri is a composer, lyricist, music industry executive, and musical theater enthusiast. As vice president of Dunhill Records, he was involved in signing several notable acts, including Steely Dan, Jimmy Buffet, and Three Dog Night. While working at Warner Bros. and Motown Records, Barri was a producer for Lionel Richie and served as advisor for the soundtrack of The Big Chill.