My Yiddische Momme: Jews and the Rise of American Popular Song

This compelling lecture-recital explores the unique impact of Jewish people and culture on American popular song in the period 1890-1925. It features the music of well-known composers such as Irving Berlin, and Jerome Kern, along with lesser known ones such as Harry von Tilzer and Rube Bloom.

Topics include:

  • The Jewish Composer-Publisher and the Start-Up of Tin Pan Alley: Charles K. Harris and “After the Ball is Over.”
  • The Rise of American Jewish Popular Song Composer, 1911-25: Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, George Gershwin, and Richard Rodgers.
  • Why Jewish people had such a dominant role in the American popular music industry.
  • The inherent “Jewishness” about the American popular song.

Testimonial from audience member:

“Your deliverance of the Jewish composers in the late 1800’s and the early 1900’s came to life as we strolled down Tin Pan Alley. Your humor and insight coupled with your piano ability just captured the audience.” – JL, Yorktown. NY 

Full program available upon request.