Hall of Fame
Inductee - 2002
loves and plays the music older generations grew up with:
music of the 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s, from Tin Pan Alley,
Broadway, movies and radio. Since "our music" is the term
commonly used by folks "of a certain generation" to
distinguish it from today's popular music, OURMUSIC is
the term Phil Klein uses to refer to it as well.
Pianist Phil Klein has chosen the "timeless melodies" of the
great standards of Broadway, the movies, and radio of the
early decades of the 20th century and claimed them for himself
and his happy, loyal audience. The unusual success of
his first album, Unforgettable Love Songs, prompted him
to record additional albums, found on this site and available
Phil Klein and Loretto Leonard
(student and teacher)
has spent his life in music. As a teenager, he fell in
love with the piano, due in no small part to the efforts,
enthusiasm, and nurturing of his piano teacher and longtime
friend, Loretto Leonard.
ventured out as a solo pianist, band pianist,
composer, arranger, raconteur and music educator.
Phil Klein creates
unique pianistic stylings and approaches to the great songs
(from the 20's thru 60's) which have exercised wide appeal (he
receives communications from every sector of the U.S. from
people who have heard his playing and want to obtain his albums.
Innumerable listeners have
commented about "wearing out the discs"; how they listen to
them constantly on their car radios; "how the music brought my
aging mother back to health..."
Although much of the response has been from older listeners,
many younger people (ranging from age 30 upwards) have
"discovered this sound, and love it.
player, I've continually sensed the frustration of those who
love this music. They are utterly "turned off" by 99% of the
music on the radio, television and in music stores. I
believed I knew the exact style of piano-playing these folks
craved to hear, and I was able to produce it. I selected 21
best-loved songs -- pieces that have been recorded
innumerable times -- and made my first album, Unforgettable
Love Songs. The result was quite amazing. Hearing the
recording has made virtually every listener want to obtain
it! The reason for this would seem to be that the melodies
of the songs are played with beautiful chord changes in a
very expressive, yet straightforward style that is
unobtrusive and relaxing. It might be said that this style
is reminiscent of Eddy Duchin and Carmen Cavallaro, who was
my personal hero when I was young.
And so, purely on the basis of people's hearing my album, I
get constant inquiries by phone and mail from music lovers
who want to procure the CD. That's not all! I've been
besieged by folks who want to know when my next one is
currently engaged in many musical activities, including those
Phil Klein is professor of music emeritus at Onondaga
Community College in Syracuse, New York.
performer (pianist/keyboardist/vocalist) presenting
one-person musical shows and providing live music for
active composer, collaborating with singer/lyricist
HERE to hear original songs by Phil Klein and Maria
His musical career has included solo and band
piano playing, writing music for a children's syndicated
television show, serving as co-host of a radio musical show,
and enjoying many other musical experiences, including the
recent release of his latest albums.