Kander, John (Harrold)
- Geoffrey Block
(b Kansas City, MO, March 18, 1927). American composer . He studied music at Oberlin College, where he composed songs with James Goldman (a childhood friend) and at Columbia University, where he studied with composers Jack Beeson, Otto Luening and Douglas Moore, while working as a vocal accompanist. After serving as the dance music arranger for Gypsy (1959) and Irma La Douce (1960), Kander was given the opportunity to compose A Family Affair (1962) for Broadway with James Goldman and his brother William. Publisher Tommy Valando introduced him to Fred Ebb (b New York, 8 April 1932) in 1962, and the new team immediately produced two hit songs, My Coloring Book and I Don’t Care Much, both recorded by Barbra Streisand. From 1965 to 1997 Kander and Ebb produced ten musicals on Broadway, including the Tony Award-winning Cabaret (1966; revived ...