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In this Florence Bayz Music Series Event, pianist Dr. Dhiren Panikker explores the music of American composer Jimmy Van Heusen through an enriching solo concert performance.


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Jimmy Van Heusen (born Edward Chester Babcock, 1913-1990) was a prolific American songwriter who composed for theatre, film, and television. Van Heusen began his career as a staff pianist in Tin Pan Alley, later moving to Hollywood where he wrote for stage musicals and films throughout the 1940s and 1950s. Working with lyricists Johnny Burke and Sammy Cahn, Van Huesen penned some of the most iconic jazz standards from torch songs including “Darn that Dream” and “Here’s that Rainy Day,” to classic swing tunes such as “Come Fly with Me” and “Swinging on a Star.” All of these songs embody the composer’s trademark sound with its poignant melodies, artful phrasing, and harmonic complexity. In this solo piano concert, Dr. Panikker explores his favorite pieces from the Jimmy Van Heusen songbook, paying particular attention to his ballads and lesser-known compositions.



Dr. Dhiren Panikker is a Los Angeles-based performer, scholar, and educator. He holds an MFA in

Integrated Composition, Improvisation, and Technology from UC Irvine and Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from UC Riverside. An active pianist and composer, Dr. Panikker has performed at venues throughout Southern California including the Jazz Bakery, the Blue Whale, and Catalina Jazz and Supper Club. He is currently working on a solo piano album dedicated to the music of American composer Jimmy Van Heusen, and a trio record of original compositions and re-envisioned jazz standards. As a scholar, Dr. Panikker’s research examines Brownness, intercultural improvisation, and Afro-Asian community building in contemporary jazz. He has presented his work at various international conferences including the Society for Ethnomusicology, the International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation, and the International Association for the Study of Popular Music. He has been published in several academic journals including Jazz and Culture and the forthcoming edited collection The Improviser’s Classroom: Pedagogies of Adaptive, Social Engagement, and Creative Practice. As an educator, Dr. Panikker serves as visiting faculty member at Scripps College and UC Riverside, where he teaches courses in Asian American music, popular and world musics, and Ethnomusicology history and methods. Outside of academia, Dr. Panikker teaches private studio lessons in piano, improvisation, and composition, and conducts master classes and workshops throughout Southern California.



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