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The Great Van Alexander 8/22/10

Arranger of Ella Fitzgerald's A Tisket A Tasket of 1938 and much much more! One of our great American musical icons.

Van Alexander

Enjoy this historical 2 hour tribute to one of America's finest!

Van Alexander landed a job selling arrangements to Chick Webb in the middle of the 1930's. One of those arrangements became the world famous, "A-Tisket, A-Tasket." It became a hit for Webb and Ella Fitzgerald, and subsequently became one of Ella's signature tunes!

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And here is his book...

From Harlem to Hollywood

 Van Alexander

You can't get any better than this!

  Short Biography for Van Alexander born 5/2/15

Van Alexander landed a job selling arrangements to Chick Webb in the middle of the 1930's. One of those became the world famous, "A-Tisket, A-Tasket." It became a hit for Webb and Ella Fitzgerald, and subsequently became one of Ella's signature tunes! 
 
In the late 1930s he formed his own band and played theaters into the 1940s. Later in the 1940s, he was hired by Bob Crosby to work in Hollywood, and worked extensively as a composer, arranger, and conductor for film scores. He wrote a textbook on film arrangement in 1950 called First Arrangement, and Johnny Mandel studied under him. 
 
Van Alexander's scores include film noir titles such as Baby Face Nelson, The Big Operator, and The Private Lives of Adam and Eve; he also provided music for television shows such as Hazel, The Farmer's Daughter, Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie, Dennis the Menace, and The Wacky World of Johnathan Winters. He arranged and conducted for variety shows starring Mickey Rooney, Gordon MacRae and Dean Martin. Additionally, he was involved in recording sessions with Kay Starr, Dakota Staton, Paul Whiteman, Benny Goodman, Dinah Shore, Doris Day, and Peggy Lee. 
 
If you want to hear ALL of the details of this magnificent career that has given so much to our great American musical culture, you need to listen to the interview. 
 
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Van's If I Didn't Care

           

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