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(l-r) Doug Bowles “Warbler” and Alex Hassan “Pianoodler”

Doug Bowles and Alex Hassan are back on Maple Avenue’s Creative Cauldron with more laughter, merriment, touching songs and stories, and where they’ll perform the beloved songs you know and some you haven’t yet heard from their research into the lost and forgotten songs of the ‘Great American Song Book’.  The show is part of Creative Cauldron’s ‘Cabaret Series’ which features a cabaret or concert every summer weekend.

Alex Hassan ~ Pianoodler

A few notes on the amazing Alex Hassan:  As current president of the Northern Virginia Ragtime Society, Alex Hassan has been thoroughly immersed in the musical styles and arrangements of the 20’s and 30’s for over four decades.  As a renowned collector of over 50,000 pieces of popular sheet music wedged between the World War I and II, Hassan recreates the spirited and glorious melodies of the Golden Age of popular music.

Amongst the highlights of his musical career, Alex counts performances at the Smithsonian, the Scott Joplin Festival in Sedalia, MO, where he will return this year, New York’s tony Player’s Club, Toronto’s McMichael Art Gallery, Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, England’s Aldeburgh Festival, and the Husum, Germany “Piano Rarities” festival.

In the 1990’s and 2000’s, Alex recorded regularly for the UK company, Shellwood.  Currently, Hassan has three solo piano CDs that are available on the Operetta Archives label, along with one recorded for the Pittsburgh-based Rivermont Records.  Alex has also written program notes for CD reissues of notable 78 rpm performances by syncopating pianists of the past.  Alex’s flying fingers will do their usual magic with recent arrangements of his own piano solos.

Doug Bowles

Doug Bowles is a tenor extraordinaire and much sought-after Musical Director with an extensive background in voice and theater who serves on the faculty of both Howard University and the Catholic University and who has directed nearly 200 musical productions.  His collaboration with Hassan has taken the performers around the country and across the pond performing songs by 1930s composers from Harold Arlen to Fats Waller to George Gershwin.  Bowles’ entertainment company SingCo Music represents Bowles’s hot jazz and swing band “Doug Bowles and his SingCo Rhythm Orchestra”, a multiple Wammy-nominated orchestra that has performed at many venues including the Glen Echo Spanish Ballroom, on The Voice of America, and at The National Archives.  Bowles has also appeared with noted, Grammy Award winning band leader, Vince Giordano and his Nighthawks, (Boardwalk Empire, The Aviator, Prairie Home Companion, Bessie).

The guys will be joined by the dulcet voiced actor/singer, Jennifer Timberlake who has performed around the DC area including at The Kennedy Center, Olney Theatre Center, Round House Theatre, The Washington Stage Guild and Adventure Theatre.  Timberlake counts both Patsy in Always…Patsy Cline and Carrie in Carousel as her favorite roles.

As usual, the warblers and ‘pianoodler’ will introduce you to amazing “new” songs of the 20’s and 30’s.  This performance will also be the world premiere of two new transcriptions/arrangements of songs by beloved 1920’s songstress, recording artist and famed Broadway performer, Esther Walker, as interpreted by the lovely Miss Jenn.  Thrill to a rarely heard, but exquisite tune by Jerome Kern, and a fabulous selection of tunes you will no doubt want to sing along with.

You Can’t Go Wrong with Two For a Song!

Two shows onlyFriday July 12th at 8pm and Saturday, July 13th at 8pm at Creative Cauldron, 410 South Maple Avenue, Retail 116, Falls Church, VA 22046.  For information on this show and upcoming summer cabarets and concerts call 703 436.9948 or visit Creative Cauldron web booking,

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