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Joe Delaney Trio Monday Nights at Alto Live Jazz Kitchen

Alto Live Jazz Kitchen in Naples, FL presents the Joe Delaney Trio on Monday nights from 7-9 PM. Veteran jazz pianist Delaney leads a classic trio with bassist Don Mopsick and drummer Tony Vigilante playing modern jazz interpretations of American Songbook standards, jazz perennials and composers from the 1960s such as Henry Mancini, Johnny Mandel, Sergio Mendes and Antonio Carlos Jobim. 701 more words


Six Versions of "My Man" - From Fanny Brice to Glee, Ballad to Broadway

I am fascinated by the different ways people can interpret the same song. Last week, I wrote a post about Billie Holiday and how I came to appreciate her and how the song that helped me to appreciate her was”My Man.” While I was looking up Billie Holiday’s many versions of the song on youtube, I came across several other versions and it was interesting to trace the evolution of the song: ballad, jazz, Broadway; from storytelling to an emotional display. 733 more words

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Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin

With my new computer I’ve been listen to all the music that I have and I’ve finally gotten to this album. It is one of the gems that I own in that it sort of updates the sounds of classic Gershwin numbers. 71 more words


Billie Holiday Sings "My Man"

When I first became interested in American popular music, the music that is now referred to as The Great American Songbook, the singers I most often listened to were Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan and Doris Day. 728 more words

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Is “The Great American Songbook” Overrated?


But it is overstated.

We’ve been hearing a lot about the so-called “Great American Songbook” in recent years. These are songs from what are supposedly music’s golden years, written by composers and sung by singers long gone. 2,479 more words

"April in Paris" - by Vernon Duke and E.Y. "Yip" Harburg

Vernon Duke is not as familiar a name as his friend and mentor’s, George Gershwin. Vernon Duke was born Vladimir Dukelsky and studied to be a classical composer before he and his family fled during the Russian Revolution. 282 more words

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Born to Dance (1936) - Eleanor Powell, Cole Porter, and Jimmy Stewart sings and dances...sort of

My admittedly limited experience with Eleanor Powell musicals from MGM is that they are a mishmash of music, comedic routines, dancing numbers, general extravaganza and a dash of plot just to keep things interesting.  766 more words

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