George C. Wolfe's Harlem Song (Original Apollo Theater Cast Recording)

George C. Wolfe's Harlem Song (Original Apollo Theater Cast Recording)

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The Harlem Song musical, which opened at the Apollo Theater in Harlem itself, is a celebration of 20th century history and culture in one of the most important African-American communities. That's a laudable endeavor, and the music does reflect Harlem's journey from vaudeville, gospel, and swing jazz to bop and soul, though it's heavily tilted toward the…  See more details below

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The Harlem Song musical, which opened at the Apollo Theater in Harlem itself, is a celebration of 20th century history and culture in one of the most important African-American communities. That's a laudable endeavor, and the music does reflect Harlem's journey from vaudeville, gospel, and swing jazz to bop and soul, though it's heavily tilted toward the earlier 20th century forms of jazz. Some of the material is even adapted from the repertoire of estimable musical and literary legends like Jimmie Lunceford, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Richard Wright, and Langston Hughes. It's more 20th century African American music as filtered through Broadway than it is an undiluted representation of the sounds that gave Harlem its soundtrack, though. These are slickly executed, theatrical distillations of African American music of the period (or periods), performed by the cast with a slightly hammy cheer.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/26/2002
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0696998688629
catalogNumber:
86886

Tracks

  1. 1. Here Comes My Daddy Now (Gilbert / Muir)
  2. Genesis. 2. Late One Night (Waters / Wolfe)
  3. Strollin'. 3. Well Alright Then (Lunceford)
  4. Slummin'. 4. Drop Me Off In Harlem (Ellington / Kenny) / Tarzan of Harl
  5. Slummin'. 5. Tarzan of Harlem Intro (Mills / Nemo / Fein)
  6. Slummin'. 6. Shakin' The Africann Intro
  7. Slummin'. 7. Shakin' The Africann Intro (Arlen / Koehler / Wolfe)
  8. Slummin'. 8. For Sale Intro
  9. Slummin'. 9. For Sale Intro (Williams / Troy)
  10. Slummin'. 10. Drop Me Off In Harlem (reprise) (Ellington / Kenny)
  11. The Harlem Renaissance. 11. Doin' The Niggerati Rag (Mark / Wolfe)
  12. La Imigraciòn. 12. Coge El A Train (Take the "A" Train) (Strayhorn)
  13. La Imigraciòn. 13. Depression Chant
  14. The Depression. 14. Hungry Blues (Hughes / Johnson)
  15. The Depression. 15. Linda Brown (Cowens)
  16. The Depression. 16. Here You Come With Love (Trent / Tobias / Moret)
  17. Wartime Harlem. 17. King Joe (Basie / Wright)
  18. Wartime Harlem. 18. A Fable Of Rage In The Key Of Jive (after Woody Her
  19. Bop. 19. Uptown Jazzmen (Waters / Wolfe)
  20. Main Drag Of Many Tears. 20. Dream Deferred Intro
  21. Main Drag Of Many Tears. 21. Dream Deferred Intro (from "Montage of a D
  22. Main Drag Of Many Tears. 22. Shake. (Cooke / Wolfe)
  23. Main Drag Of Many Tears. 23. Tree Of Life (Warrick-Smith)
  24. Genesis. 24. One Word (Mark / Wolfe)

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bill Easley   Reeds,Saxophone
Rodney Jones   Guitar
B.J. Crosby   Vocals,cast
Stanton Davis   Brass
Brian Grice   Drums,Vocals
Zane Mark   Conductor,Keyboards
T. Blade   Vocals
Keith Lamelle Thomas   cast
Jason Jackson   Brass
Queen Esther   cast
John Gentry Tennyson   Keyboards
Rosa Curry   Vocals,cast
Rosa Evangelina Arredondo   Vocals
Lafayette Harris   Keyboards
Randy A. Davis   Vocals
Queen Esther   Vocals
DeLandis McClam   Vocals
Gabriel A. Croom   Vocals
Charles E. Wallace   Vocals
Sinclair Mitchell   Vocals
Zoie Morris   Vocals
Harlem Song Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Derick Gardner   Trumpet
Carlos Valdez   Percussion
David St. Louis   Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Renee Monique Brown   Vocals
Erich McMillan-McCall   Vocals

Technical Credits

Harold Arlen   Composer
Steven Berkowitz   Producer
Joe Ferla   Engineer,Engineering
Zane Mark   Arranger,Producer,Musical Supervision
Daryl Waters   Arranger,Producer,Musical Supervision
Frank Wildhorn   Producer
Ken Robertson   Choreographer
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Ted Koehler   Composer
Ricardo Hernández   Scenic Design
Lily Lew   Packaging Manager
Bryan Landrine   Stage Manager
George C. Wolfe   Director,Producer,Writer
Paul Tazewell   Costume Design
Lorna Ventura   Associate Choreographer
Ken Roberson   Choreographer
Steve Berkowitz   Producer
Adam Zucker   Engineer,Engineering
Riccardo Hernandez   Scenic Design
David Goodman   Producer
Janice C. Lane   Stage Manager
Alicia Evans   Contributor
Norman Meranus   Casting
Davis Lacey   Engineering
Pamela Warrick-Smith   Composer
Mark Krantz   Producer,Executive Producer
Sammy Ledbetter   Company Manager
Fred D. Klaisner   Stage Manager
Carol Fineman   Contributor
Mark Simon   Casting

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George C. Wolfe's Harlem Song (Original Apollo Theater Cast Recording) 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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The musicans in Harlem Song are great.. Its not you traditional Broadway setting. Its more of a doucumentary..Most of the music is good..