Tin Pan Alley Cats To Play Free Concert At Clark Library

Ken Lelen (Photo courtesy of Clark Public Library)

Ken Lelen (Photo courtesy of Clark Public Library)

CLARK –The Clark Public Library will host a free concert by singer-guitarist Ken Lelen at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, November 6th in the library’s Ayers Room at 303 Westfield Avenue in Clark.

Lelen will sing tunes crafted by the clever musicians and witty wordsmiths of New York’s Tin Pan Alley from 1915 to 1948. The program will include popular songs by Walter Donaldson, Duke Ellington, Hoagy Carmichael, Dorothy Fields, Johnny Mercer, Larry Hart, Irving Berlin, Johnny Black and others. He will also play vintage acoustic guitars for an authentic, back-in-the-day sound.

“Today, people of all ages love these songs,” the musician said. “And they’re pleasantly surprised by the robust sound and classy look of vintage guitars.”

Lelen has played acoustic guitar for 50 years and uses 20th Century models by Gibson, Martin, Regal, Vega and other U.S. firms. They make music that is striking for its character, tone and sustain without the use of pick-ups.

“Mr. Lelen is a genial performer, with a pleasant tenor,” said the New York Times. “The songs he plays will never go out of date.”

Registration is not required for this program. For complete details, stop by the library, see the library’s online calendar at http://www2.youseemore.com/clarkpl/ or call 732-388-5999.

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