Oregon Festival of American Music 2015
Rhapsody In Blue
Opening Gala Concert
Tue, Aug 11, 8:00 - 10:00 pm
Jaqua Concert Hall, The Shedd Institute
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On February 12, 1924 at Aeolian Hall on 42nd Street, Paul Whiteman and his Palais Royal Orchestra presented An Experiment in Modern Music. Whiteman mounted the concert to demonstrate to the attendant New York musical establishment (which included the likes of John Phillip Sousa and Sergei Rachmaninoff) how "to make a lady out of jazz", as he put it at the time, by showing how the apparently horribly discordant new music (which he represented through the squawks, wild rhythms and general hokum of the Original Dixieland Jazz Band's 1917 "Livery Stable Blues") contained important elements of what he termed "the true form of jazz" that, for all its flaws, could at the very least be "a stepping stone which will make it very simple for the masses to understand, and therefore, enjoy symphony and opera." The program opened with the ODJB abomination and progressed through a series of refinements, culminating with, first, the premier of George Gershwin's brilliant tone poem Rhapsody in Blue, and, finally, Elgar's Pomp And Circumstance.
Whiteman's worthy if somewhat forced effort with that 1924 "purely educational experiment" gives us an important contemporary perspective on the Age of Jazz cultural caldron. Jesse Cloninger opens Oregon Festival of American Music 2015 joined by guest pianist Ted Rosenthal, and a host of the Festival's veteran vocalists and sidemen for an evening that pays tribute to Whiteman's effort that night with a similar overview concert that excludes (sorry) Elgar, includes "Livery Stable Blues" and a command performance of that original, 1924 version of Gershwin's masterpiece, but then offers our own "90 years hence" view of what the age was all about!
We'll sample the best of the 1920s tonight, from the earnest emotional strains of the waning years of vaudeville and the scintillating playfulness of the emerging American musical comedy, to the hot and exotic jazz both uptown and down, and the vocalists who were bringing the threads of jazz, the blues and other musical impulses to mainstream popular culture on the stage, radio and shellac. A special counterpoint of the evening will be a tribute to the extraordinary Boswell Sisters, whose late '20s, early '30s sides backed by the studio-only Dorsey unit are wonderful examples not only of the 1920s Age of Jazz but of the Age of Swing to come.
Event Personnel
Jesse Cloninger, director, reeds
Ian Whitcomb, vocals
Ted Rosenthal, piano
Tim Clarke, trumpet
Rod Fleeman, guitar
Doug Miller, bass
Chuck Redd, drums
 Rhapsody In Blue
 It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)
Words by Irving Mills - Music by Duke Ellington
 Are You Lonesome Tonight?
Words by Roy Turk, Dave Dreyer - Music by Lou Handman
(1920) interpolated into Sinbad
Words & music by B. G. DeSylva, Al Jolson, Vincent Rose
 Makin' Whoopee!
(1928) Whoopee
Words by Gus Kahn - Music by Walter Donaldson
(1919) Sinbad
Words by Irving Caesar - Music by George Gershwin
 Blue Skies
(1927) Betsy
Words & music by Irving Berlin
 Riverboat Shuffle
Words by Mitchell Parish - Music by Hoagy Carmichael, Dick Voynow
 My Fate Is In Your Hands
Words by Andy Razaf - Music by Fats Waller
 Blue Turning Grey Over You
Words by Andy Razaf - Music by Fats Waller
 Say It Isn't So
Words & music by Irving Berlin
 My Man
(1921) Casino de Paris 1920 Paris qui Jazz
Words by Jacques Charles (fr), Channing Pollock (en), Albert Willemetz (fr) - Music by Maurice Yvain
translation of Mon Homme
 Heat Wave
(1933) As Thousands Cheer
Words & music by Irving Berlin
 Down Hearted Blues
Words & music by Alberta Hunter, Lovie Austin
 Anything Goes
(1934) Anything Goes
Words & music by Cole Porter
 I Thank You Mister Moon
Words & music by Abel Baer, Dolly Morse, Dave Oppenheim
 There'll Be Some Changes Made
Words by Billy Higgins - Music by Benton Overstreet
 Livery Stable Blues
Words by Marvin Lee - Music by Nick LaRocca, Ray Lopez, Alcide Nunez
 Struttin' With Some Barbecue
Words by Don Raye - Music by Lil Hardin Armstrong
 Jazz Me Blues
Music by Tom Delaney
Featured composers, lyricists, creators
Lil Hardin Armstrong, 1898-1971
Lovie Austin, 1887-1972
Abel Baer, -
Irving Berlin, 1888-1989
Irving Caesar, 1895-1996
Hoagy Carmichael, 1899-1981
Jacques Charles, -
Tom Delaney, -
B. G. DeSylva, 1895-1950
Walter Donaldson, 1893-1947
Dave Dreyer, -
Duke Ellington, 1899-1974
George Gershwin, 1898-1937
Lou Handman, -
Billy Higgins, -
Alberta Hunter, 1895-1984
Al Jolson, 1886-1950
Gus Kahn, 1886-1941
Nick LaRocca, 1889-1961
Marvin Lee, -
Ray Lopez, -
Irving Mills, 1894-1985
Dolly Morse, -
Alcide Nunez, 1884-1934
Dave Oppenheim, -
Benton Overstreet, -
Mitchell Parish, 1900-1993
Channing Pollock, 1880-1946
Cole Porter, 1891-1964
Don Raye, 1909-1985
Andy Razaf, 1895-1973
Vincent Rose, 1880-1944
Roy Turk, 1892-1934
Dick Voynow, -
Fats Waller, 1904-1943
Albert Willemetz, 1887-1964
Maurice Yvain, 1891-1965
Ticket/Venue Info
Rhapsody In Blue Ticket Prices
Seat LvlFull PriceDiscount Prices
10%  15%  20%  Stud. 
A38.00  34.25  32.50  30.50  19.00 
B34.00  30.75  29.00  27.25  17.00 
C28.00  25.25  24.00  22.50  14.00 
D20.00  18.00  17.00  16.00  10.00 
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