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A Conversation with Composer John Kander
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A Conversation with Composer John Kander

A Conversation with Composer John Kander

A Conversation with Composer John Kander
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Four from Kander and Ebb

Maybe This Time
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All That Jazz [From Chicago]
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Wilkommen
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Quiet Thing [From Flora, The Red Menace][Live]
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Composer John Kander and lyricist Fred Ebb are the heart and soul of some of the most recognizable songs of stage and screen: "Cabaret," "All That Jazz" and of course, "New York, New York."

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A familiar sight and sound: John Kander at the piano. Liane Hansen, NPR hide caption

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John Kander at his piano.

A familiar sight and sound: John Kander at the piano.

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Their partnership lasted 40 years, and when Fred Ebb died in 2004, they still had four different musicals in the works.

Kander has just turned 79. Liane Hansen paid a visit to his Manhattan home studio... a cozy basement room with a garden view and a baby grand piano.

Minstrel Show is one of the four projects under way before Ebb's death. The others are an original musical called Curtains, a musical based on The Skin of Our Teeth by Thornton Wilder and a musical version of the Friedrich Durrenmatt play The Visit.

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This story was produced by Elaine Heinzman.

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