Everything Old Is New Again
Everything Old Is New Again began on radio in Boston in the mid-1970’s under the title “The Great Entertainer.” Its music is that of the ever-expanding Great American Songbook. It dances through the twentieth century to today. The words of lyricists from Ira Gershwin, Dorothy Fields, E.Y. Yip Harburg and Lorenz Hart and the melodies to which these words were put to, given to us by brilliant composers from Jerome Kern, Duke Ellington, Harold Arlen and Richard Rodgers. With songs by Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Thomas “Fats” Waller. We hear fine examples of the interpretations given by such song stylists from Billie to Ella to Judy to Frank, and the fine treatments of these songs by the musical magicians from Tommy Dorsey to Miles Davis.
Remembering the songbook continued to grow with John Kander and Fred Ebb, Cy Coleman and Stephen Sondheim and on to Carole King, Bob Dylan & Joni Mitchell. As well as today’s performers who have chosen to follow the fold but bring their own identity to the standards, such as Liza Minnelli, James Taylor, Ann Hampton Callaway and Michael Feinstein.
Broadway, Hollywood, Tin Pan Alley, New York Cabaret, Pop-Rock, always emphasizing the continuous growth of the songbook. Themes are tied together by taking various songs, dramatic excerpts from film soundtracks and stage recordings, and weaving them into sets with a common theme.
Put it this way: Jazz is a good barometer of freedom… In its beginnings, the United States of America spawned certain ideals of freedom and independence through which, eventually, jazz was evolved, and the music is so free that many people say it is the only unhampered, unhindered expression of complete freedom yet produced in this country.
After moving from Boston to New York, in the spring of 1979, producer/host DAVID KENNEY approached the Program Director of WBAI-FM about the possibility of bringing a program like “The Great Entertainer” to the New York airwaves. The program expanded its focus to feature vocal groups and Big Bands, as well as solo performers. In addition to these “feature artist” segments, the show presented an unusual blend of big band Jazz, Swing, Standards, Showtunes and Contemporary Cabaret.
The show was scheduled to debut in June but still lacked a name and theme song. In May, David interviewed PETER ALLEN, then starring on Broadway in his one man show “UP IN ONE.” He found Peter to be “a gracious and funny man.” The song “Everything Old is New Again” came up in the conversation and the two decided almost on the spot that the song should serve as the title and theme song for the broadcast. The show aired on Tuesday mornings from June 1979 to January 1985. At that point it moved to the Sunday night/Monday morning overnight slot. The three-hour weekly broadcast developed a dedicated cult of listeners. Also, during this period a new segment was introduced. Each week the audience was presented with four or five different renditions of the same song throughout the broadcast.
This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before.
In October of 2018, David was invited to bring EVERYTHING OLD IS NEW AGAIN to THE PENTHOUSE on Wednesdays while he continues to broadcast on WBAI as well.
No two people on earth are alike, and it’s got to be that way in music or it isn’t music.
was presented with the 2015 BOARD OF DIRECTORS AWARD from the MANHATTAN ASSOCIATION OF CABARETS & CLUB(MAC). The same year, he was honored by the METROPOLITAN ROOM for his dedication and contribution to New York Night Life. In 2004, he was awarded with the BACKSTAGE BISTRO AWARD for OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT. This Special Award given in recognition of his 25 Years as Host of EVERYTHING OLD IS NEW AGAIN and for his dedication and promotion of Cabaret.
He served on the Board Of Directors for the MANHATAN ASSOCIATION OF CABARETS AND CLUBS (MAC).Besides his work on “EVERYTHING OLD IS NEW AGAIN,” David has produced various “specials” for the station. In 1994, along with fellow WBAI producer PETER BOCHAN, David produced an eleven-hour tribute to “The Crooners.” An in-studio concert featured performances by NANCY LaMOTT, PHILLIP OFFICER, LINA KOUTRAKAS, BARBARA FASANO and RALPH BRANDE. An eight-hour tribute to IRVING BERLIN in 1995 had an extensive interview with Berlin’s daughter, MARY ELLIN BARRETT and cabaret legend, THE INCOMPARABLE HILDEGARDE. An in-studio concert of Berlin’s songs were performed by MARGARET WHITING, JULIE WILSON, RONNY WHYTE, in addition to the cast of the “Crooner Concert” mentioned above. What was to be a twenty-minute chat with LES PAUL turned out to be a 60-minute interview, that in turn became part of a four hour special on the legendary guitarist and inventor. For a special on BOBBY DARIN, his son, DODD and HARRIET WASSER, his lifelong friend added a personal look into the life of the singer.
I think music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music.
I can’t live one day without hearing music, playing it, studying it, or thinking about it.
The 2nd celebration was a 98th Birthday Party for HILDEGARDE. The final was a LIVE REMOTE Broadcast. KAREN MASON was David’s co-host for the evening. The broadcast/concert was performed at Dillon’s Supper Club. It was a benefit for WBAI-FM & The Manhattan Association of Cabarets and featured an array of talent. His Memorial Broadcast paying tribute to ROSEMARY CLOONEY gave listeners a chance to phone in and express their grief at her passing and gratitude for the joy she gave us. LIZA @ 60! A Birthday Celebration was another opportunity for listeners from all over the world (some as far as Germany, France, England and Brazil) to call in and pre-record their birthday wishes to LIZA MINNELLI for the 2 hour special. We celebrated STEPHEN SONDHEIM’S 80th birthday with pre-recorded tributes to the songwriter by fellow songwriters STEPHEN SCHWARTZ, ROBERT LOPEZ, ANDREW LIPPA, JOHN BUCCHINO. From the fall of 2015 through summer of 2017, David co-produced EVERYTHING OLD IS NEW AGAIN LIVE at The Metropolitan Room in association with FRANK DAIN and CABARET SCENES MAGAZINE. It was a series of monthly shows recorded for broadcast in front of a live audience.
“I have a machine in my throat that gets into many people’s ears and affects them. . . . There’s something about my voice that makes them see all the sadness and humor they’ve experienced. It makes them know they aren’t too different; they aren’t apart.”
Other celebrity interviews in the EVERYTHING OLD IS NEW AGAIN archive include:
LIZA MINNELLI, RITA MORENO, PHOEBE SNOW, SHIRLEY JONES, GEORGE SHEARING, KEELY SMITH, MICHAEL FEINSTEIN, JANE KRAKOWSKI, TOM WOPAT, STEVE LAWRENCE, REBECCA LUKER, JEFF HARNAR, ANDREA MARCOVICCI, BETTY BUCKLEY, LORENZO LAMAS, JOYCE BREACH, PENNY FULLER, BILLY PORTER, DIXIE CARTER, CRAIG RIBANO, MARILYN MAYE, BEAT KAESTLI, ANN HAMPTON CALLAWAY, PETER CINCOTTI, LEA DELARIA, MARIA FRIEDMAN, LIZ CALLAWAY, TONY DANZA, BARBARA FASANO, SANDY STEWART, KAREN MASON, RENEMARIE, KAREN OBERLIN, JESSICA MOLASKEY, ERIC COMSTOCK, POLLY BERGEN, SYLVIA McNAIR, DAVID CAMPBELL, JANE MONHEIT, BARB JUNGR, KAREN AKERS, TOM ANDERSEN, GLORIA LYNN, CHRISTINE ANDREAS, DARIUS deHAAS, MAUREEN McGOVERN, SUSANNAH McCORKLE, PETER ALLEN, BABY JANE DEXTER, MELISSA ERRICO, GEORGE BENSON, KAREN ZIEMBA, BILLY STRITCH, KT SULLIVAN, ANNIE ROSS, MAX MORATH, LAURIE BEECHMAN, STEVE ROSS, BLOSSOM DEARIE, DONALD SMITH, HOWARD McGILLIN, JAMIE deROY, TIM DRAXL, LORNA LUFT, MORT LINDSAY, JUDY BARNETT, STACEY KENT, CHARLES CERMELE, MARY STOUT, MARK NADLER, DARYL SHERMAN, CAROL WOODS, JIM CARUSO, JULIE BUDD, HERB JEFFRIES, MARY FOSTER CONKLIN, FRAN WARREN, MAUDE MAGGART, TUEY CONNELL JAMES DARRIN, MARK MURPHY, PAULA WEST, JOHNNY MATHIS, LENA HORNE…
Throughout my career, if I have done anything, I have paid attention to every note and every word I sing – if I respect the song. If I cannot project this to a listener, I fail.
Other Authors include DAVID HAJDU, JAMES GAVIN, WARREN LEIGHT, PHILLIP FURIA, JOHN FRICKE, ANDY PROPST, MARK N. GRANT, MICHAEL LYDON, STEVEN SUSKIN, SHERRY EAKER, DAVID MARGOLICK, WILL FRIEDWALD, CHARLES HAMM, DANIEL MARK EPSTEIN, SCOTT SCHECHTER, MERYLE SECREST, JEAN-CLAUDE BAKER, GREG LAWRENCE, WIL HAYGOOD, SUSAN LOESSER, BRIAN KELLOGG…
David has shared the cabaret stage with KAREN MASON and NANCY LaMOTT, CRAIG POMRANZ, BRADSHAW SMITH, TERRY BURRELL, MICHAEL McASSEY in “Revue by CURT DAVIS.” He was a founding member of the Cynosure Theatre Company and starred in two of their productions.
First as Ernest Dekulb in “The Blue Mercedes” and then as Carl in LANFORD WILSON’S “Serenading Louie”. Other roles include the Reverend in “The Foreigner,” Amos Hart in “Chicago,” Clifford Anderson in “Deathtrap,” Mark Dolson in “Mass Appeal,” Randy in “Gemini,” King Herod in “Jesus Christ Superstar”, two productions of “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown” playing Linus; and Schoeder with KEVIN CHAMBERLAIN in the title role.
He resides in Manhattan with his husband, their son and dog.
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