Great American Songs & Stories: The Men and Their Music, W101

Utterback Dr Joe


3:10 PM – 4:50 PM

7/11, 7/18, 7/25, 8/1

In a classroom setting with a piano keyboard, Dr. Joe reviews and  regales us with the music of Tony Bennett and Frank Sinatra. He performs and discusses these, along with behind-the-scenes stories.

Session 1&2: Tony Bennett

Early Life, WW II and After, First Successes, A Growing Artistry, Years of Struggle, Turnaround, An Unexpected Audience, Into the 70’s and retirement, The present.

Session 3&4: Frank Sinatra

The Start, The Columbia Years, The Actor, The Capitol Years, The “Rat Pack,” The Reprise Years, The Mature Years, Assessment. 

Facilitator: Joe Utterback

Joe Utterback earned an MA in Piano Performances from Wichita State University and doctor of musical Arts from the University of Kansas. He has over 400 published jazz an s classical compositions. He has been Music Director and Organist of the First Congregational church of Stratford for over twenty years and has taught music for 22 years at Sacred Heart University.