April 3, 2013. Posted by Michael Bourne.
Two legendary vocal groups, The Manhattan Transfer and New York Voices, joined together with their musical
godfather Jon Hendricks for an evening of vocalese at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank on March 28th.
I was there, as was WBGO'S John Abbott. The concert was a benefit to help rebuild the music and arts department of St. Rose High School in Belmar, alma mater of the Transfer's Tim Hauser.
That they were singing at a theatre named for Count Basie was historically meaningful for them all. Jon's most iconic recording was the Lambert, Hendricks, and Ross album "Sing a Song of Basie." Jon wrote all the lyrics for the Transfer's Grammy-winning album "Vocalese" that included tracks with the Count Basie Orchestra. NYV also won a Grammy for an album with the CBO.
Highlights of the concert in Basie's hometown included a friendly vocal battle of the sexes with the four girls singing "Charleston Alley" and the four boys singing "Caravan" in the style of the Mills Brothers. Jon, lively as ever at 92, inspired them all in their musical careers and lives. Jon joined them all for a climactic "Birdland" and an encore of Jon's lyrics to the Ray Charles classic "Rockhouse."
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March 15, 2013. Posted by Tim Wilkins.
Drummer Michael Carvin talks with WBGO's Gary Walker about his career and upcoming performance in New York his group and saxophonist Sonny Fortune at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola from March 21st through 24th. Enjoy!
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March 1, 2013. Posted by Michael Bourne.
Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein created the musical Cinderella for television in 1957. Julie Andrews played the girl with the glass slipper back then. Laura Osnes wears (and loses) the glass slipper now in the first production of Cinderella on Broadway.
I talked with Ted Chapin, president of the Rodgers and Hammerstein Organization, about the new Cinderella, about last season's City Center Encores revival of the Rodgers and Hammerstein flop, Pipe Dream, and about Everything Was Possible, Chapin's memoir of his beginnings in the theatre, as a go-fer for the original production of Stephen Sondheim's Follies.
-- Michael Bourne
South Pacific Overture
Julie Andrews In My Own Little Corner
Kaye Ballard & Alice Ghostley The Stepsisters Lament
Edie Adams & Julie Andrews Impossible
Will Chase All Kinds of People
Will Chase & Laura Osnes All At Once You Love Her
Follies Waiting for the Girls Upstairs
Ron Raines The Road You Didn't Take
Jan Maxwell Could I Leave You?
Laverne Butler In My Own Little Corner
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