Letter from the Executive Director


Dear Friends and Music Lovers!

As many of you know, I am a singer and a great fan of America’s Classical music…Jazz and the Great American Songbook, known and loved around the world. As I write this letter I am listening to the wonderful music and musicianship of Louis Armstong and Ella Fitzgerald singing some of the Great American Songbook standards accompanied by the Oscar Peterson Trio as recorded in 1956. Although Ella and Louis are no longer with us, their legacy is.

Will you help me build a Foundation dedicated to continuing this legacy for future generations?

Our Mission:
To preserve our cultural treasure known as the Great American Songbook by presenting this music to the public at home and abroad as Ambassadors of Song.The American Songbook Preservation Society seeks to carry the torch of the great musical works of this period in the grand tradition of the master songsmiths, lyricists, and singers who have given us this legacy and have now departed from the scene.Time is fading fast to capture performances and interviews with the remaining legendary artists and pass the torch to a new group of caretakers of the craft and it’s artistry as performers.

You can help me achieve this mission with your generous donation.The American Songbook Preservation Society is a California Charitable Corporation, exempt from taxation under section 501 (C) 3 of the Internal Revenue code. As such, your donations are fully tax-deductible as allowed by law.

Please mail your donation to ASPS Foundation
9051-A Soquel Drive Aptos, Ca. 95003
Donate on line at www.greatamericansongbook.org
Email us at: info@greatamericansongbook.org or call
us at (831) 687-0278. Thank you for your support!

Ronald Kaplan
Executive Director

”In a hundred to a hundred and fifty years from now, I believe that people will recognize
the music of Gershwin and Ellington as the classical music of our time”… Tony Bennett