Tin Pan Handlers got our name when we combined “Tin Pan Alley” with Æ“Pan Handlers.”​ Tin Pan Alley is the name of the area in New York City—28th Street between 5th & 6th Avenues—where pop music was made from the late 1800s through the 1930s. “Pan Handlers” refers to the activities of poor people who would hold out pans (made from tin or other materials) as they begged for money from passersby. Since much of our music originates in Tin Pan Alley and comes out of the Great Depression—speaking to the trials and tribulations of living in poverty—the name stuck.

The Remnants of Tin Pan Alley