The Music of Harold Arlen, Wonderful Wizard of Song
Hosted by Sam Arlen
Music Director, Steve Rawlins
With Special Guests Eden Espinosa and Joseph Leo Bwarie
Featuring Karon Blackwell and George Bugatti
Generously sponsored by Linda And Judd Swarzman
Broadway powerhouse Eden Espinosa (Wicked) and Joseph Leo Bwarie (Jersey Boys) join the composer's son Sam Arlen and singers Karon Blackwell and George Bugatti, in a Hollywood big band tribute to Harold Arlen. Legends like Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, and Ella Fitzgerald gave Arlen a revered place in the Great American Songbook with their performances of his over 400 songs such as “It’s Only a Paper Moon” and “Stormy Weather.” Arlen’s musical roots extend through his jazz years at the Cotton Club in Harlem all the way to Hollywood and the Academy Award-winning Wizard of Oz.
Renowned journalist Kirk Silsbee gives an in-depth look at the prodigious work of composer Harold Arlen