Posted in AmericanSongbook, Anderson Twins, Songbook, The Anderson Twins

“What a wonderful world…”

The survival of the American Songbook may well depend on youngsters like the talented Anderson Twins who keep it strong.

Each summer, the Andersons, Will (alto sax) and Peter (tenor, soprano sax and clarinet), join forces with stalwarts like Vince Giordano, Paul Wells and Molly Ryan to namedrop just a few to represent the songbook in much of its rich variety.

Here they are again to head up the Songbook Summit 2019 at Symphony Space in mid August. This year’s iteration covers the music of Duke Ellington (August 13-15) and Louis Armstrong (8/21-23).

The brothers may be young, but Peter and Will have been doing this for some years. They apply their expertise and training to performing the standards along side the older-timers on the bill.

The Andersons have a wit, style and finesse that permeates their performance and their curations. Join them later this summer to hear them and their colleagues perform tributes to just two of America’s prolific and inventive composers.

Posted in AmericanSongbook, Anderson Twins, Hoagy Carmichael, Irving Berlin, jazz, Jerome Kern, Jimmy Van Heusen, Songbook, The Anderson Twins

Come along and hear the “Songbook Summit”

ATJ_SONGBOOK 11x17 POSTER JPEGOften as not, a gimmick can be the framework that showcases a great talent, particularly when it’s the hook for an act that’s really got the goods.

For the saxophone duo, Peter and Will Anderson, the trick that underscores their accomplishments is that they are twins, with Peter on the tenor and soprano sax (plus clarinet) and Will on the alto, the clarinet and the flute.

This summer they will head up a 2018 Songbook Summit at Symphony Space where they will be joined by Molly Ryan (vocals), Tarlo Hammer or Steve Ash (piano), Clovis Nicholas (accoustic bass) and Philip Stewart (drums). (NB there was a 2017 Summit as well.)

There is no denying the charm the brothers Anderson bring to their curaitons. The schedule for the jazz events gives us, first up, Irving Berlin from August 7 through 12; next Jerome Kern is featured from the 14th through the 19th. The fellas and their sextet pay their respects to Hoagy Carmichael from August 21st through the 26th, and Jimmy Van Heusen from August 28th through September 2nd.

For tickets and information visit the Symphony Space site, and the Anderson twins home page.



Posted in April in Paris, Cole Porter, Django Reinhardt, jazz, Josephine Baker, Le Jazz Hot, Linda Porter, Paris Blues, Sidney Bichet, Stevie Holland, The Anderson Twins

Paris Swings

Peter Anderson (clarinet), Will Anderson (sax),
Luc Decker (drums), Clovis Nicolas (bass), and
Alex Wintz (guitar) in “Le Jazz Hot How The
French Saved Jazz”
at 59E59 Theaters.
Photo by Eileen O’Donnell
“Love, Linda- The Life of Mrs.
Cole Porter,”
at The York
Theatre Company. Photos by
Carol Rosegg.

It’s no canard that the French took to American jazz like a duck to water.

Starting in the 1920’s, American musicians fled to the receptive shores of the Seine (and the Riviera) to enjoy a lively and welcoming cabaret scene. 
Among those were Les Cole Porters, as well as ex-pats Josephine Baker and Sidney Bichet. Bud Powell, Kenny Clark and Dizzy Gillespie felt right at home in France. Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong also made appearances before an admiring public.
Stevie Holland’s and Gary William Friedman’s “Love, Linda- The Life of Mrs. Cole Porter,” premiering at The York Theatre Company through January 5th, tells the story of Cole Porter as husband. Cole and Linda Porter (Stevie Holland) set up house in one of the fashionable arrondissments and entertained lavishly, and enjpyed the cabaret life of the city.  “Love, Linda” documents in story and with songs by Cole Porter (arranged for “Love, Linda…” by Friedman) their life from Europe and back to the States. Cole Porter wrote music for revues, but met his first success wth the Broadway show “Paris,” from which the hit “Let’s Do It/Let’s Fall In Love” emerged.
Stevie Holland is Linda Porter in “Love, Linda…” Sets by James Morgan, costumes by Pamela Dennis. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
“Love, Linda…” covers a lot more ground than just the Porters’ sojourn in France. Linda Lee Thomas  was Cole’s senior  by nearly a decade, and married at the time they met. While aware of his homosexuality, she was drawn to his talent and gentleness, a contrast to her first husband’s brutality. Their marriage was more thna just one of convenience. Linda nurtured Cole’s art. 
“The appreciation of beauty,” Linda quotes her mother as saying, “is taste. The creation of  beauty is art.”
Holland is supported by music director Christopher McGovern on piano, Alex Wyatt on drums, and Danny Weller on bass. Richard Maltby, Jr. helms Linda’s story, which is cogently told in story and music. 
Peter and Will Anderson lead their “Le Jazz Hot” quintet. Photo by Eileen O’Donnell
“Le Jazz Hot- How The French Saved Jazz,” at 59E59 Theater’s E-Cafe through December 29th, takes an overview of Paris and its jazz scene from the years when Josephine Baker awed (and shocked) the world to the 50’s and 60’s, when Kenny Clarke and Bud Powell were regulars in the boites.

Peter and Will Anderson (sax, clarinets, flute) with Alex Wintz on guitar, Luc Decker on drums, and Clovis Nicolas on bass. (At other performances, you might encounter guitarist Randy Napoleon, bassist Neal Miner and drummer Phil Stewart on the small stage.) The apex of their virtuosity is in the performance of Duke Ellington’s “Paris Blues.” “La Vie en Rose” is pleasantly familiar while Django Reinhardt’s “Manoir de Mes Reves” is hauntingly unfamiliar.

Cabaret mixed with informative film clips makes “Le Jazz Hot” an amiable entertainment.

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