Tin Pan Alley

Tin Pan Alley refers to the concentration of music publishers in New York City, West 28th Street between Fifth and Sixth avenues.  It started around 1885 and lasted till the depression in the 1930s.  It’s title comes from the the sound of all the cheap, tinny pianos playing, being likened to the beating of  tin pans.

Composers of the Tin Pan Alley include Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Jerome Kern and Cole Porter.