Hal Willner (born 1957, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American music producer working in recording, films, TV and live events. Year 1957 ( MCMLVII) was a Common year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1957 Gregorian calendar) Philadelphia (ˌfɪləˈdɛlfiə The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania ( often colloquially referred to as PA (its abbreviation by natives and Northeasterners is a state located in the Northeastern The United States of America —commonly referred to as the In the Music industry, a record producer or music producer has many roles among them controlling the recording sessions coaching and guiding the musicians organizing He is best known for assembling tribute albums and events featuring a wide variety of artists and musical styles (jazz, classical, rock, Tin Pan Alley). A tribute album is a recorded collection of Cover versions of songs or instrumental compositions Jazz is an American Musical art form which originated in the beginning of the 20th century in African American communities in the Southern United States Classical music is a broad term that usually refers to mainstream music produced in or rooted in the traditions of Western liturgical and Secular music Rock and roll (also known as rock 'n' roll) is a form of Music that evolved in the United States in the late 1940s and early 1950s with roots in mostly African Tin Pan Alley is the name given to the collection of New York City -centered music publishers and Songwriters who dominated the popular
In the 1970s he worked under record producer Joel Dorn. This article is about the Decade 1970-1979 For the Year 1970 see 1970. Joel Dorn ( April 7, 1942 &ndash December 17 2007) was an American Jazz and R&B Music producer and Willner is often credited as the inventor of the 'modern' tribute album with Amarcord Nino Rota in 1981. A tribute album is a recorded collection of Cover versions of songs or instrumental compositions See also Musical groups established in 1981 Record labels established in 1981 List of 'years in music' He became music supervisor of Saturday Night Live in 1981, a position which he has continued to hold. Saturday Night Live ( SNL) is a weekly late-night 90-minute American Sketch comedy / Variety show based in New York City He was also a producer of the TV program Night Music hosted by David Sanborn. David Sanborn (born July 30, 1945) is an American alto Saxophonist.
Willner has also produced albums for Marianne Faithfull, Lou Reed, Bill Frisell, William S. Burroughs, Gavin Friday, Lucinda Williams, Laurie Anderson and Allen Ginsberg, among others. Marianne Faithfull (born December 29 1946) is an English Singer, Songwriter, actress and Diarist whose Lewis Allan Reed (born March 2 1942 is an American rock Singer-songwriter and Guitarist. William Richard "Bill" Frisell (born March 18, 1951) is an American Guitarist and Composer. William Seward Burroughs II ( – ˈbʌroʊz was an American Novelist, Essayist, Social critic, painter and Spoken word Gavin Friday (born Fionan Martin Hanvey 8 October 1959, Dublin) is an Irish Singer and Songwriter, Composer Lucinda Williams (born January 26, 1953) is an American rock, folk, and Country music singer and songwriter Laurie Anderson (born Laura Phillips Anderson, on June 5 1947 in Glen Ellyn Illinois) is an American experimental Performance artist and Irwin Allen Ginsberg (ˈgɪnzbɝg (June 3 1926 &ndash April 5 1997 was an American Poet. He produced a live tribute concert to Tim Buckley, that ultimately launched the career of Tim's son Jeff. Timothy Charles Buckley III (February 14 1947 – June 29 1975 was an experimental Vocalist and Musician who incorporated Jazz, Psychedelia Jeffrey Scott Buckley (November 17 1966 – May 29 1997 raised as Scotty Moorhead, was an American Singer-songwriter and Guitarist He was the son He has released one album under his own name: Whoops, I'm an Indian, which featured audio samples from 78 rpm records from the early-mid 20th century. A sound bite is an audiolinguistic and social communications phenomenon whose nature was recognized in the late 20th century helped by people such as Marshall McLuhan. A gramophone
- Weird Nightmare: Meditations on Mingus (1992) is a tribute to Charles Mingus, featuring instruments designed and built by American composer Harry Partch, on loan from his estate. Nino Rota ( December 3, 1911 &ndash April 10, 1979) was an Italian Composer best known for his work on Film scores Federico Fellini, Cavaliere di Gran Croce OMRI ( January 20 1920 &ndash October 31 1993) was an Italian Film Wynton Learson Marsalis (b October 18, 1961) is an American Trumpeter and Composer. Branford Marsalis ( August 26, 1960, Breaux Bridge, Louisiana) is an American Saxophonist, Composer and Carla Bley, née Borg, (born May 11, 1936) is an American Jazz Composer, pianist, Organist and band Muhal Richard Abrams (born September 19, 1930, in Chicago, Illinois) is an American educator administrator Composer William Richard "Bill" Frisell (born March 18, 1951) is an American Guitarist and Composer. This article is about the jazz musician For the CEO of Meredith see Steve Lacy (businessman. Jaki (John Byard ( June 15, 1922 in Worcester Massachusetts – February 11, 1999 in New York City) was an American Deborah Ann "Debbie" Harry (born July 1 1945 is an American Singer-songwriter and Actress, most famous for being the lead singer for the Punk Thelonious Sphere Monk ( October 10, 1917 - February 17, 1982) was an American Jazz Pianist and Composer. John Zorn (born September 2 1953 in Queens, New York City) is an American Avant-garde Composer, arranger, Record Peter Kenneth Frampton (born 22 April 1950 in Beckenham, Kent) is an English Musician, best known today for his solo Lost In The Stars The Music of Kurt Weill is a 1985 Tribute album to German-American composer Kurt Weill. Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner, CBE (born October 2, 1951) better known by his Stage name Sting, is a three time Academy Award Charles Edward Haden (born August 6, 1937) is a Jazz Double bassist probably best known for his long association with saxophonist Ornette Walter Elias Disney (December 5 1901 – December 15 1966 was a multiple Academy Award -winning American Film producer, director, Screenwriter Sun Ra (born Herman Poole Blount, Legal name Le Sony'r Ra; John Michael Stipe (born January 4 1960 in Decatur Georgia) is an American singer who is the lead vocalist for the Alternative rock band R Ringo Starr, MBE (born Richard Starkey on 7 July 1940 is an English Musician, Singer, Songwriter and Actor Ken Nordine (born April 13, 1920) is an American Voiceover and recording artist best known for his series of Word Jazz Charles Mingus ( 22 April 1922 &ndash 5 January 1979) was an American Jazz Bassist, Composer, Harry Partch ( June 24, 1901 &ndash September 3, 1974) was an American Composer and instrument creator Performers include Bill Frisell, Vernon Reid, Henry Rollins, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Don Byron, Henry Threadgill, Gary Lucas, Bobby Previte, Robert Quine, Leonard Cohen, Diamanda Galás, Chuck D and Elvis Costello
- September Songs: The Music of Kurt Weill (1995) re-creation of the previous Weill tribute as a Canadian TV special directed by Larry Weinstein. William Richard "Bill" Frisell (born March 18, 1951) is an American Guitarist and Composer. Vernon Reid (born August 22, 1958) is an English Guitarist, Songwriter, composer and bandleader Henry Rollins (born February 13 1961 as Henry Lawrence Garfield) is an American singer-songwriter Spoken word Artist, Stand-up comedian, author Keith Richards (born 18 December 1943 is an English Guitarist, Songwriter, Singer, producer and a founding member of The Rolling Charles Robert "Charlie" Watts (born 2 June 1941 is the Drummer of The Rolling Stones. Don Byron (born November 8 1958) is a composer Jazz Clarinet, Bass clarinet and Saxophone player Henry Threadgill (born February 15, 1944, in Chicago, Illinois) is an American Composer, Saxophonist and Gary Lucas is an American Guitarist, a Grammy -nominated songwriter and an international recording artist with over a dozen solo albums to date and Robert "Bobby" Previte (born July 16, 1951, Niagara Falls New York) is a Drummer, Composer and Bandleader. Robert W Quine ( December 30, 1942 – May 31, 2004) was an American Guitarist, known for his innovative Guitar solos Leonard Norman Cohen CC GOQ (born September 21, 1934 in Westmount, Quebec) is a Canadian Singer-songwriter Diamanda Galás (born August 29, 1955) is an American-born Avant-garde Performance artist, Vocalist, keyboardist and Composer Carlton Douglas Ridenhour (born August 1 1960 in Roosevelt New York) better known by his stage name Chuck D, is an American rapper author and producer Elvis Costello (born Declan Patrick MacManus 25 August 1954 is an English Musician and Singer-songwriter, with Irish ancestry Country to "Dominion of Canada" or "Canadian Federation" or anything else please read the Talk Page A CD was issued including performances by Nick Cave and P J Harvey
- Stormy Weather: The Music of Harold Arlen (2005) another Larry Weinstein TV program. Nicholas Edward Cave (born 22 September 1957 in Warracknabeal, Victoria) is an Australian Musician, Songwriter, Author Polly Jean Harvey (born 9 October 1969) is an English Musician and Songwriter. Harold Arlen ( February 15, 1905 – April 23, 1986) was an American Composer of popular music The CD includes performances by Rufus Wainwright, Debbie Harry, David Johansen, Eric Mingus and Sandra Bernhard
- Rogue's Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs, and Chanteys (2006) 2x double CD includes performers ranging from Bono to Van Dyke Parks. Deborah Ann "Debbie" Harry (born July 1 1945 is an American Singer-songwriter and Actress, most famous for being the lead singer for the Punk David Johansen (born January 9 1950, in Staten Island, New York) is an American rock, punk, Blues Sandra Bernhard (born June 6 1955) is a Jewish Comedian, Singer, Actress and Author. Leonard Cohen I'm Your Man is a 2005 movie by Lian Lunson about the life and career of Leonard Cohen. Leonard Norman Cohen CC GOQ (born September 21, 1934 in Westmount, Quebec) is a Canadian Singer-songwriter Rogue's Gallery Pirate Ballads Sea Songs and Chanteys is a Compilation album of Sea shanties performed by a wide array of artists ranging from The combination of resistance from the group and their record company and Wilson's growing mental health problems and spiraling drug use led Parks to quit the project in early 1967
- The Harry Smith Project: Anthology of American Folk Music Revisited (2006). Recorded at Hal Willner's Harry Smith Project events in London (1999), Brooklyn (1999) and LA (2001), plus a DVD documentary.
Live tribute events
Spoken word recordings
With the increasing prevalence of tribute albums in the late 1980s (such as Red Hot + Blue), Willner decided to turn his attention to spoken word recordings. Timothy Charles Buckley III (February 14 1947 – June 29 1975 was an experimental Vocalist and Musician who incorporated Jazz, Psychedelia Edgar Allan Poe (January 19 1809 – October 7 1849 was an American poet, short-story Writer, editor and Literary critic, Closed On Account of Rabies (1997 is a double- CD with poems and tales of Edgar Allan Poe performed by various artists and produced by Hal Willner Donatien Alphonse François de Sade, Marquis de Sade ( June 2, 1740 – December 2, 1814) ( was a French aristocrat Harry Everett Smith ( 29 May 1923, Portland Oregon &ndash 27 November 1991, New York City Red Hot + Blue is the first in the series of Compilation albums from the Red Hot Organization. Spoken word is a form of literary Art or artistic performance in which Lyrics, Poetry, or stories are spoken rather than sung
- Dead City Radio (1990) by William Burroughs has musical backing by Sonic Youth, Donald Fagen, John Cale and others. Sonic Youth is an American Alternative rock band formed in New York City in 1981 Donald Jay Fagen (born January 10, 1948 in Passaic New Jersey) is an American Musician and Songwriter. John Davies Cale (born March 9, 1942) better known as John Cale, is a Welsh Musician, Composer, Singer-songwriter
- Spare Ass Annie and Other Tales (1996) by William Burroughs with music by The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy. The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy was an Industrial hip-hop band active during the early 1990s
- The Lion For Real by Allen Ginsberg features musical accompaniment by Bill Frisell, Philip Glass, Paul McCartney and others. Irwin Allen Ginsberg (ˈgɪnzbɝg (June 3 1926 &ndash April 5 1997 was an American Poet. William Richard "Bill" Frisell (born March 18, 1951) is an American Guitarist and Composer. WikipediaWikiProject Composers#Lead section --> Philip Glass (born January 31 Sir James Paul McCartney, MBE (born 18 June 1942 is an English rock Singer, Bass guitarist songwriter Composer,
- Closed on Account of Rabies (1997) consists of readings of Edgar Allan Poe poems and tales by Iggy Pop and others. Closed On Account of Rabies (1997 is a double- CD with poems and tales of Edgar Allan Poe performed by various artists and produced by Hal Willner Edgar Allan Poe (January 19 1809 – October 7 1849 was an American poet, short-story Writer, editor and Literary critic, James Newell Osterberg Jr (born April 21, 1947) better known by his Stage name Iggy Pop, is an American rock singer Songwriter As Willner's only "spoken word" tribute album, it fits in the context of his other music-based tributes.
- In With The Out Crowd (1998) by poet Bob Holman. Bob Holman is a Poet and Poetry activist in the United States
- Let The Buyer Beware (2004) is an authoritative six CD box set of historic recordings by the comedian Lenny Bruce. A comedian or comic is a person who seeks to entertain an audience primarily by making them laugh Lenny Bruce (October 13 1925 &ndash August 3 1966 born Leonard Alfred Schneider, was an American Stand-up comedian, Writer, social
Film related projects
- The Carl Stalling Project: A CD of music composed and/or arranged by Carl Stalling for Warner Brothers cartoons. Carl W Stalling ( November 10, 1891 &ndash November 29, 1972) was a noted American Composer and Arranger of music Warner Bros Entertainment Inc (or Warner Bros, Warner Bros Pictures) is one of the world's largest producers of Film and The word cartoon has various meanings based on several very different forms of Visual art and Illustration.
- The soundtracks to Robert Altman's films Short Cuts and Kansas City. Robert Bernard Altman (February 20 1925 – November 20 2006 was an American Film director known for making films that are highly naturalistic, but with Short Cuts is a 1993 Drama film directed by Robert Altman. Filmed from a screenplay by Robert Altman and Frank Barhydt it is inspired by nine Kansas City is a 1996 Film, directed by Robert Altman, and featuring numerous jazz tracks
- Produced the soundtrack album with Bono and others for the Wim Wenders' movie The Million Dollar Hotel. Ernst Wilhelm ("Wim" Wenders (born August 14, 1945) is a German Film director, Playwright, Author, The Million Dollar Hotel is 2000 Drama film based on a concept story by Bono of U2 and Nicholas Klein, and directed by
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