Born Salvadore Guaragna in Brooklyn, the re-named Harry Warren became a major composer for Hollywood and Broadway, his most famous score being for the 1932 film (and 1980 Broadway musical), 42nd Street. On Oct. 19, singer Danny Tarantino will pay tribute to Warren in a concert at NY's Avery Fisher Hall.
Other compositions sung during the pop-jazz concert (with 35-piece orchestra) include Neapolitan Standards and songs from Jule Styne, Stephen Sondheim, Jerome Kern, George Gershwin, Kurt Weill and Johnny Mercer.
The concert and its Warren tribute are part of Italian Heritage Month, celebrating the contribution of Italian-Americans to our culture.
Danny Tarantino's contributions to our culture include headline performances at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, and his recent CD, "Danny Tarantino Sings The Great American Popular Standards."
The late Harry Warren wrote songs for over 75 films and received three Best Song Oscars: "Lullaby Of Broadway" (1935), "You'll Never Know" (1943), and "On The Atchison Topeka And The Santa Fe" (1946). For tickets ($20-$50) and information on Danny Tarantino's concert, call (201) 228-5217.
-- By David Lefkowitz