Tonight You Belong To Me
Lee Morse & Mildred Bailey
Thu, Feb 7 - Sun, Feb 10
In the past few years we have presented shows on early jazz as well as the Swing Era. Over the course of these shows I have repeatedly come across tracks by two artist that always leave me wanting to hear more: Lee Morse and Mildred Bailey. Morse and Bailey each possess such wonderful individual styles and perfection in their singing and musicianship that it is surprising that neither has received more widespread acclaim.
Maybe I am also just a little bit of a sucker for local gals from the Pacific Northwest. Morse hailed from Cove, Oregon about eight miles east of La Grande, and Bailey came out of a little town called Tekoa, Washington, about halfway between Spokane and Pullman. Neither spent too long in their home towns before venturing off to bigger cities to start their careers. Morse headed to San Francisco and was quickly swept into the world of vaudeville. Bailey moved from Spokane, to Seattle, and eventually Los Angeles where she had her big break singing with Paul Whiteman.
Aside from their points of origin, combining the voices of these two ladies seems like an interesting and worthwhile cause because each has her own unique sound. Morse’s deeper alto voice with its moments of near yodel-like tones, often self-accompanied on guitar, at times seems like a mix of early popular song with hints of what was to come in country music. Bailey’s voice is so clear and warm, and so effortlessly swinging every single time.
So come out and dive into the repertoire of these two local masters with us. You are invited!
Event Personnel
Jesse Cloninger, director & bandleader
Jesse Cloninger, reeds
Dave Bender, trumpet
Glenn Griffith, trombone
Kyle Smith, guitar
Nathan Waddell, bass
Alistair Gardner, drums
Lee Morse (recorded from 1924-38, '50)
 Bring Back Those Rock-A-Bye Baby Days
Words by Harold Christy - Music by Abner Silver, Saul Bernie
 Yes Sir! That's My Baby
Words by Gus Kahn - Music by Walter Donaldson
 Ukulele Lady
Words by Gus Kahn - Music by Richard Whiting
 I Wonder Where My Baby Is To-night
Words by Gus Kahn - Music by Walter Donaldson
 All Alone
(1924) Music Box Revue 1923
Words & music by Irving Berlin
 Tonight You Belong To Me
Words by Billy Rose - Music by Lee David
 Side By Side
Words by Gus Kahn - Music by Harry Woods
 If You Want The Rainbow
Words by Billy Rose, Mort Dixon - Music by Oscar Levant
Mildred Bailey (recorded from 1929-47)
 Heat Wave
(1933) As Thousands Cheer
Words & music by Irving Berlin
 Doin' The Uptown Lowdown
(1933) Broadway Thru a Keyhole
Words by Mack Gordon - Music by Harry Revel
 More Than You Know
(1929) Great Day
Words by Billy Rose, Edward Eliscu - Music by Vincent Youmans
 Rockin' Chair
Words & music by Hoagy Carmichael
 Thanks For The Memory
(1938) The Big Broadcast of 1938
Words by Leo Robin - Music by Ralph Rainger
 I Let A Song Go Out of My Heart
Words by Irving Mills, John Redmond, Henry Nemo - Music by Duke Ellington
 I Thought About You
Words by Johnny Mercer - Music by Jimmy Van Heusen
 Almost Like Being In Love
(1947) Brigadoon
Words by Alan Jay Lerner - Music by Frederick Loewe
Featured composers, lyricists, creators
Harold Christy, -
Saul Bernie, -
Irving Berlin, 1888-1989
Hoagy Carmichael, 1899-1981
Lee David, 1891-1978
Mort Dixon, 1892-1956
Walter Donaldson, 1893-1947
Edward Eliscu, 1902-1998
Duke Ellington, 1899-1974
Mack Gordon, 1904-1959
Gus Kahn, 1886-1941
Alan Jay Lerner, 1918-1986
Oscar Levant, 1906-1972
Frederick Loewe, 1901-1988
Johnny Mercer, 1909-1976
Irving Mills, 1894-1985
Henry Nemo, -
Ralph Rainger, 1901-1942
John Redmond, -
Harry Revel, 1905-1958
Leo Robin, 1900-1984
Billy Rose, 1899-1966
Abner Silver, 1899-1966
Jimmy Van Heusen, 1913-1990
Richard Whiting, 1891-1938
Harry Woods, 1896-1970
Vincent Youmans, 1898-1946
February, 2019
Thu 07, 7:30 pm: Eugene
Fri 08, 7:30 pm: Roseburg
Sat 09, 7:30 pm: Corvallis
Sun 10, 3:00 pm: Eugene
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