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The Great American Songbook Jazz Concert

By Joan Yonkler

The Great American Songbook really isn’t a book, but a list of pop and jazz standards that are considered to be the most influential songs written in the 20th century, mainly between 1920 and 1950. Most of the songs were written by such well-known composers as George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Richard Rodgers, Jerome Kern, Duke Ellington, and Harold Arlen. But the list of composers goes on to include Jimmy Van Heusen, Arthur Schwartz, Eubie Blake, Fats Waller, and Hoagy Carmichael.

The Great American Songbook Comes to San Miguel
Sat, Jan 27, 5pm
St. Paul’s Church, Cardo 6
Tickets at St. Paul’s Church
300 and 200 pesos

These songs are considered to be great standards because they are known for their melodies and syncopation and for their witty and urbane lyrics. While Cole Porter and Irving Berlin wrote their own lyrics, there were many great lyricists of the day who partnered with these composers: Ira Gershwin, Johnny Mercer, Lorenz Hart, Oscar Hammerstein II, and Billy Strayhorn, to name a few.

The beauty of these standards is that they are ageless. They are written so beautifully that they appeal to everyone, and they are flexible enough so that musicians and vocalists can provide different tempos and interpretations. Many of these songs were written for the theater and for film, but so many pop and jazz artists have recorded them with their own ideas on how to best convey the essence of these songs. For example, while Ethel Merman may have originally sung, “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” in the 1930s as a Cole Porter bolero, Frank Sinatra’s swing interpretation with Nelson Riddle’s classic arrangement in the 1950s has become embedded in our minds.

On Saturday, January 27, there will be a musical performance of The Great American Songbook at Saint Paul’s Church, featuring Joan Yonkler, vocals; Bobby Kapp, vocals and drums; Jaime Valle, guitar; Andrew Peruzzini, trumpet and flugelhorn; and Antonio Lozoya, bass and musical direction.

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