The Cotton Club
THIS SEMINAR IS FILLED
Edward Barnes, Moderator
This Seminar will explore Harlem’s infamous Cotton Club, a speak-easy run by gangster Owney Madden that featured the top African American talent of its day in landmark revues such as “Shuffle Along,” “Blackbirds of 1928,” and “The Cotton Club Parade.” We will explore the lives and artistic contributions of band leaders Duke Ellington and Cab Calloway, along with lead singers Billie Holiday, Lena Horne, and Dorothy Dandridge, plus “Celebrity Night” stars George Gershwin, Mae West, Richard Rodgers, and Irving Berlin. A journey through the show-biz side of jazz, blues, jungle music, and bootleg whiskey. Video will be used.
|Session 1||Club Origins and Duke Ellington|
|Session 2||Billie Holiday|
|Session 3||The Revue Writers: Harold Arlen, Dorothy Fields and Jimmy McHugh|
|Session 4||Cab Calloway|
|Session 5||Celebrity Night: Gershwin, Rodgers, Berlin and guest Mae West|
|Session 6||Lena Horne and Dorothy Dandridge|
* Please note:
There are TWO (2) Sections of this Seminar. Specify your first choice of TIME.
THURSDAYS, 10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. OR THURSDAYS, 2 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
SEPT 13, 27
OCT 11, 25
NOV 8, 29
Cost $475 (6 sessions)
* tax deductible portion is $237.50
EDWARD BARNES – Composer/Lyricist. He has worked with theaters around the country including Lincoln Center Theater Company, Mark Taper Forum, San Francisco Mime Troupe, Houston Grand Opera, San Diego Opera, American Repertory Theater, Minnesota Opera, Williamstown Theater Festival and others.
Barnes is the winner of a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Stephen Sondheim Award for “Outstanding Talent in Creating Innovative Musical Theater.” He is a producer of theater and concerts in New York and Buenos Aires.
Photo Credit: Everett Collection