"To Dad with Love, A Tribute to Buddy Ebsen"
Directed by Steve Feinberg
As a veteran singer-songwriter and accomplished musician who’s toured internationally for 20 years, Kiki Ebsen was inspired to record and release the CD, “Scarecrow Sessions,” in tribute to her father’s vast career. Its debut was in time for Father’s Day. Songs from this album provide fans new insight into Buddy’s talents as a dramatic actor as well as accomplished dancer. Response to “Scarecrow Sessions” was so strong that she, along with brother Dustin, have created this showcase of personal stories and beautiful photo memories and magical songs in tribute to one of America’s most beloved true pioneers of the entertainment industry.
Actor Buddy Ebsen was perhaps best known for his television roles in the 1960s and 1970s. His fans, however, may not know as much about the first 30 years of his career, as a dancer on Broadway, and in early films. Were it not for fate, American children would have had 75 years to enjoy him in the role of the Scarecrow in “The Wizard of Oz.” It was the role of a lifetime, but it was also the one that got away.
As progeny of an original star of vaudeville and the Golden Age of Hollywood, Kiki is the “real deal.” An excellent jazz singer and charming storyteller, Kiki is the essence of elegance as she sings and tells stories about her life with her famous father, actor Buddy Ebsen.
To Dad with Love, A Tribute to Buddy Ebsen features jazz musicians, Jeff Colella (piano), Kim Richmond, (woodwinds), Granville “Danny” Young (bass), and Kendall Kay (drums).