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ANATOMY OF A STANDARD

"Nice Work If You Can Get It" by George and Ira Gershwin

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George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin represent a quintessential songwriting team laying claim to several early masterpieces included in what we now call the Great American Songbook. Representing the epitome of the “Jazz Age," they worked together from 1924-1937, creating no fewer than twenty-five full musical scores for performance in Hollywood and on the Great White Way. One of their many undisputed standards, “Nice Work If You Can Get It," beautifully balances clever lyrics with an interesting interplay of melodic and ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

George Gershwin: Gershwin Performs Gershwin: Of Rhythm and Constipation

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Insert your favorite toilet joke here.I tried. I considered dozens of poop puns, then finally decided nothing could top reality. So here it is:In the 1930s, George Gershwin--already a huge star--hosted a radio show on which he played piano between laxative commercials.It's funny, really, when you hear it. And yet it doesn't detract from the music, which is sensational. Actually, the Feen-A-Mint ads are kind of charming.You can hear it yourself on ...

LIVE REVIEWS

Porgy and Bess Broadway Production at Academy of Music

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Porgy and Bess Broadway Musical Production The Academy of Music Philadelphia, PA February 18, 2014 Following its multi-Tony Award-winning run on Broadway, an electrifying stage revival of George and Ira Gershwin's Porgy and Bess came to Philadelphia as part of an original cast national tour. For jazz aficionados, this timeless masterpiece, which debuted in Boston in 1935, is a quintessential opera in the jazz idiom, the purest and most potent illustration of why jazz ...

BOOK REVIEWS

The House That George Built

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The House That George Built Wilfred Sheed Paperback; 368 pages ISBN: 0812970187 Random House 2008

Why were so many more good songs written during the first half of the twentieth century than the second half? Wilfred Sheed, who believes this to be the case, presents two theories in The House That George Built. One is that there were many more pianos in households during the 1920s and 1930s than there ...


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