Monday, 24 March 2014
Jazz Goes to the Movies - Live at The Jazz Room
I was lucky enough to have a sold-out crowd at a recent Valentine's
Day jazz concert. Many of the songs I programmed had their beginnings or
became famous in an Old Hollywood classic. I made a compilation of some
of the movie songs in the concert for your enjoyment.
-"There Will Never Be Another You" from Iceland (1942), starring ice skater Sonja Henie. The song has become a very famous jazz standard, and is a bright spot in an otherwise forgettable film.
-"Just in Time" from Bells Are Ringing (1960), starring the late, great, underrated Judy Holliday and Dean Martin. Holliday reprised her iconic Broadway role as Ella Peterson for this MGM film, and it became one of the last musicals ever to be produced by the studio.
-"Almost Like Being in Love" from Brigadoon (1954), sung and danced to memorably by Gene Kelly in the classic musical.
-"Long Ago and Far Away" from Cover Girl (1944), a Jerome Kern standard that Gene Kelly introduced to the world with his lovely Irish tenor voice, while singing to the gorgeously glamorous Rita Hayworth.
-"Love Me or Leave Me" from Love Me or Leave Me (1955), sung famously in this film by the one and only Doris Day in what may be her greatest screen role ever as singer Ruth Etting.
-"Too Late Now" from Royal Wedding (1951), introduced by Jane Powell in the film, but written for Judy Garland. She was slated to reunite with Fred Astaire in this film, but health problems forced her to drop out of the film, and rendered her unable to sing this gorgeous ballad by Burton Lane and Alan Jay Lerner. She did perform the song beautifully years later on The Judy Garland Show, and demonstrated that had she introduced the song, the song would no doubt have become a perennial standard.