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From Harlem to Hollywood: Van Alexander (ebook)
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FROM HARLEM TO HOLLYWOOD: MY LIFE IN MUSIC by Van Alexander
You’ve heard the song made famous by Ella Fitzgerald, “A Tisket, A Tasket,” but did you know that Alexander Van Vliet Feldman (later known as Van Alexander), extended and embellished the rhyme into that popular jazz standard?
Rediscover the roots of the bandleader, arranger, and composer in his fascinating autobiography. In the late 1930s, Alexander headlined his own band, but Bob Crosby brought him to Hollywood, he worked as composer, arranger, and conductor on film scores for movies such as Baby Face Nelson (1957), 1 (1966).Tarzan and the Valley of Gold (1965) again with Crawford, and I Saw What You Did (1964) with Joan Crawford, Strait-Jacket (1963), 3 Frightened Girls
Alexander also provided occasional themes for American television series, such as Hazel, (for which he received an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction of a Variety, Musical or Dramatic Program. Alexander arranged and conducted for Mickey Rooney, Gordon MacRae, Dean Martin, and James Stewart, to name but a few.s The Wacky World of Jonathan Winterand Dennis the Menace, , I Dream of Jeannie, Bewitched
His person story is also the story of the legendary Big Band Era.