In Harmony: Groundbreaking Vocal Groups of the 1930s

Join Lloyd Kaplan and Tom Shaker for an inside look at four trailblazing vocal groups featured in Lloyd and Tom's new book In Harmony: Early Vocal Groups Remembered & Celebrated.


Explore the careers of The Mills Brothers, The Golden Gate Quartet, The Boswell Sisters, and The Delta Rhythm Boys, and hear remarkable performances with breathtaking vocal fireworks.


(60 min)


Lloyd Kaplan is a music educator who served as Chair of the CCRI music department from 1974-1980 and retired as Professor Emeritus in 1995. He teaches at URI and Coastal Carolina University through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.


He is also a musician who has played clarinet and saxophone for the U.S. Army Band, the Tony Abbott Orchestra, and The Aristocats.


He was inducted into the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame in 2018.

Dr. Tom Shaker is a college professor, a radio DJ, a documentary filmmaker, and an expert on Rhode Island jazz.


His radio show The Soul Serenade, featuring classic soul music from the 1960s and 1970s, airs on WICN on Mondays at 7 p.m.


His award-winning film with Norm Grant Do It, Man! The Story of The Celebrity Club tells the story of the legendary Celebrity Club, the integrated 1950s nightclub in Providence’s Randall Square neighborhood.


His book with Dennis Pratt A Treasury of Rhode Island Jazz & Swing Musicians is a biographical collection of jazz and swing musicians who have played in Rhode Island and a sequel to Who's Who in Rhode Island Jazz: c. 1925-1988 by Rhode Island musicians and historians Lloyd Kaplan and Robert Petteruti.

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