A few African -American composers are well-known through their popular songs--Duke Ellington, Thomas "Fats" Waller and Eubie Blake are perhaps the best examples. Their works are still performed today and each of them has, in fact, been the subject of a Broadway musical. More significantly, their songs are usually identified with their respective composers. But there are also the composers of many other important songs who deserve our attention--Sheldon Brooks ("Some of These Days"), Spencer Williams ("I've Found a New Baby"), Maceo Pinkard ("Sweet Georgia Brown"), Turner Layton ("After You've Gone") and many others. We will explore the songs of all of these composers and others who contributed a very important part of our popular song legacy.
Event Personnel
Steve Stone, artistic director & band leader
Vocalists
Shirley Andress, vocalist
Marilyn Keller, vocalist
Michael Stone, vocalist
Musicians
Frank Kenney, reeds
Craig Bender, reeds
Mike Curtis, reeds
Bob Bork, reeds
Dave Bender, trumpet
Tim Clarke, trumpet
Ernie Carbajal, trumpet
Caleb Standafer, trombone
Vicki Brabham, piano
Mark Forrest, guitar, banjo
Nathan Waddell, bass
Alan Tarpinian, drums
Program
SET I
 The Joint Is Jumpin'
(1937)
Words by Andy Razaf - Music by Fats Waller, J. C. Johnson
 Some Of These Days
(1910)
Words & music by Shelton Brooks
 Keeping Out Of Mischief Now
(1932)
Words by Andy Razaf - Music by Fats Waller
 Baby, Won't You Please Come Home
(1919)
Words & music by Clarence Williams, Charles Warfield
 Trav'lin' Light
(1943)
Words by Johnny Mercer - Music by Johnny Moore, Trummy Young
 Ballin' The Jack
(1913)
Words by Jim Burris - Music by Chris Smith
 Straighten Up And Fly Right
(1944)
Words & music by Irving Mills, Nat King Cole
 Someday You'll Be Sorry
(1949)
Words & music by Louis Armstrong
 God Bless The Child
(1941)
Words & music by Billie Holiday, Arthur Herzog
 Ain't Misbehavin'
(1929) Connie's Hot Chocolates
Words by Andy Razaf - Music by Fats Waller
 After You've Gone
(1918)
Words by Henry Creamer - Music by Turner Layton
 I Wonder Where Our Love Has Gone
(1947)
Words & music by Buddy Johnson
 Sweet Georgia Brown
(1925)
Words by Kenneth Casey - Music by Ben Bernie, Maceo Pinkard
SET II
 I've Found A New Baby
(1926)
Words & music by Spencer Williams, Jack Palmer
 Slightly Less Than Wonderful
(1943)
Words by George Marion Jr. - Music by Fats Waller
 Honeysuckle Rose
(1929)
Words by Andy Razaf - Music by Fats Waller
 Misty
(1954)
Words by Johnny Burke - Music by Erroll Garner
 Them There Eyes
(1930)
Words & music by Maceo Pinkard, William Tracey, Doris Tauber
 'Round Midnight
(1944)
Music by Thelonious Monk
 Hit Me With A Hot Note And Watch Me Bounce
(1945)
Words by Don George - Music by Duke Ellington
 Memories Of You
(1930) Lew Leslie's Blackbirds of 1930
Words by Andy Razaf - Music by Eubie Blake
 Satin Doll
(1953)
Words by Johnny Mercer - Music by Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn
 If You Could See Me Now
(1946)
Words by Carl Sigman - Music by Tadd Dameron
 Midnight Sun
(1954)
Words by Johnny Mercer - Music by Lionel Hampton, Sonny Burke
 Nobody
(1905)
Words by Alex Rogers - Music by Bert Williams
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Jaqua Concert Hall
The John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts
285 E Broadway
Eugene, Oregon
541-434-7000