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Tonight You Belong To Me
Lee Morse & Mildred Bailey
Sun Feb 10, 3:00-5:00 pm
Jaqua Concert Hall, The Shedd Institute
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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
Directors
Jesse Cloninger, director & bandleader
George Comstock, director, "At Home with Mrs. Swing"
Vocalists
Shirley Andress, vocals
Tracy B. Tooze, vocals
Sarah B. Rose, vocals, Mildred Bailey
Eric Blanchard, Red Norvo
Musicians
Jesse Cloninger, reeds
Alexis Garnica, trumpet
Glenn Griffith, trombone
Kyle Smith, guitar
Nathan Waddell, bass
Alistair Gardner, drums
Alex Parthemer, piano
Program
Lee Morse (recorded from 1924-38, '50)
 Bring Back Those Rock-A-Bye Baby Days
(1924) - Harold Christy (w) Abner Silver, Saul Bernie (m)
 Yes Sir! That's My Baby
(1925) - Gus Kahn (w) Walter Donaldson (m)
 Ukulele Lady
(1925) - Gus Kahn (w) Richard Whiting (m)
 Tonight You Belong To Me
(1926) - Billy Rose (w) Lee David (m)
 Side By Side
(1927) - Gus Kahn (w) Harry Woods (m)
 In The Sing Song Sycamore Tree
(1928) - Mort Dixon (w) Harry Woods (m)
 If You Want The Rainbow
(1928) - Billy Rose, Mort Dixon (w) Oscar Levant (m)
 Shadows On The Wall
(1928) - Lee Morse (w/m)
 Always, My Dear, I'll Adore You
(1930) Song Service - Charles Tobias (w) Peter DeRose (m)
 I'm One Of God's Children
(1931) Ballyhoo - Oscar Hammerstein II, Harry Ruskin (w) Louis Alter (m)
Mildred Bailey (recorded from 1929-47)
 When It's Sleepy Time Down South
(1930) - Clarence Muse, Leon René, Otis René (w/m)
 Too Late
(1931) - Victor Young, Sam M. Lewis (w/m)
 Rockin' Chair
(1930) - Hoagy Carmichael (w/m)
 Heat Wave
(1933) As Thousands Cheer - Irving Berlin (w/m)
 Doin' The Uptown Lowdown
(1933) Broadway Thru a Keyhole - Mack Gordon (w) Harry Revel (m)
 Junk Man
(1934) - Frank Loesser (w) Joseph Meyer (m)
 Honeysuckle Rose
(1929) - Andy Razaf (w) Fats Waller (m)
 More Than You Know
(1929) Great Day - Billy Rose, Edward Eliscu (w) Vincent Youmans (m)
 I Let A Song Go Out of My Heart
(1938) - Irving Mills, John Redmond, Henry Nemo (w) Duke Ellington (m)
 I Thought About You
Associate Events
Sunday Feb 10
5:15 pmDinner after the show
Ticket/Venue Info
Tonight You Belong To Me Ticket Prices
Seat
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Full
Price
Discount Prices
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AA30.00  27.00  25.50  24.00  -  
A30.00  27.00  25.50  24.00  -  
B26.00  23.50  22.25  21.00  -  
C22.00  20.00  18.75  17.75  -  
Youth Free0.00  0.00  0.00  0.00  -  
Jaqua Concert Hall
The John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts
285 E Broadway
Eugene, Oregon
541-434-7000
Collis Wealth Management
Jazz Kings Title Sponsor
The Eye Center
Shedd Presenting Sponsor