American songwriter Irving Berlin’s career spanned over 60 years. He was the composer of an estimated 1,500 songs, including 19 Broadway shows and 18 Hollywood films. Berlin is beloved by singers and instrumentalists alike for his straightforward lyrics and beautiful melodies. His hit compositions include “Blue Skies,” “Puttin’ On the Ritz,” “Heatwave,” “White Christmas,” “Cheek to Cheek,” and “Let’s Face the Music and Dance,” among others. 25 of Berlin’s songs reached the top of the charts and were re-recorded by dozens of famous singers and instrumentalists over the years, such as Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles, Miles Davis, Chet Baker and Art Tatum. Students will be provided with 10 lead sheets of Berlin compositions. We will listen to various recordings, learn songs as a group and try out the songs with an accompanist in the final week. All levels welcome, including both singers and instrumentalists.
A warm, charismatic stage performer and accomplished musician, Maye Cavallaro has traveled extensively in Japan and the U.S., both performing and teaching. She has appeared in the San Francisco Bay Area at clubs such as Yoshi’s, The Great American Music Hall, The Plush Room, Sweetwater and Kimball’s.