The Tin Pan Alley American popular music project
7:30 PM | Prix fixe dinner
Open to Coffee House and Salmagundi members
Free to attend
Reservations for dinner required; card payments only
George Calderaro and Steve Ross
Please join us for the next installment of our popular First Wednesdays, a new Coffee House musical Series, curated by Nancy Winston on the first Wednesday of each month.
The July 6th program will feature George Calderaro presenting on the long road to landmark designation of five Tin Pan Alley buildings and the creation of Tin Pan Alley American Music Project—along with Steve Ross who will treat us to a couple of Tin Pan Alley-inspired medleys.
The Tin Pan Alley American Popular Music Project commemorates and invigorates a living legacy: the birthplace of American popular music and the modern music industry on West 28th Street in New York City. In 2019, Tin Pan Alley became an official New York City landmark with the designation of 47-55 West 28th Street by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission following years of advocacy by the Tin Pan Alley Project among many others.
By telling the stories of the songwriters, music publishers, performers and songs that created a new sound and industry in the late 19th and early 20th Century, the Tin Pan Alley American Popular Music Project connects people with the power of music and diversity as essential elements of the culture of New York City and America.
About the Speaker
George Calderaro is the Founding Director of The Tin Pan Alley American Popular Music Project. Calderaro was instrumental in the effort to get the remaining buildings of Tin Pan Alley landmarked. He formerly served as communications director of The New School, the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, The Studio Museum in Harlem, and the Neuberger Museum of Art at SUNY Purchase. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Historic Districts Council, the 29th Street Neighborhood Association and Victorian Society of New York—as well as a committee member of the Landmarks50 Alliance, Art Deco Society New York, and quite a few more. Calderaro was also a founding member of Save Gansevoort Market Committee and Visual AIDS Night Without Light Committee.
About the Musician
The “Crown Prince of New York Cabaret” is what Steve Ross was dubbed many years ago. He hasn’t lost his title. In fact, the only change today would be dropping “New York.” In the past decade alone Steve has performed around the country and around the world in every kind of venue – from Rio de Janeiro to Sydney, from Carnegie Hall to Lincoln Center and from cabarets to theaters.
“So many of the songs we sing are about love in some form or other; it’s the emotion we’re always trying to be reminded of most of all.” – Steve Ross