Irving Berlin (1888-1989) was an American composer and lyricist born to Jewish parents in Russia and raised in New York City. He is considered one of the greatest songwriters in American history. He wrote an estimated 1,500 songs for Tin Pan Alley, Broadway shows and Hollywood films, but his aim was to “reach the heart of the average American…the real soul of the country.” His “rags to riches” life story is both inspiring and humbling. This show is full of popular themes and anthems.
Duke Ellington (1899-1974) was born and raised in a middle-class family in Washington D.C. He is known as one of the most prolific American composers, pianist and band leaders in American history. He wrote over 1,000 songs that extended into other musical genres, including blues, gospel, film scores, popular and classical. This show is full to the brim of songs he, his singers and orchestra made famous touring the world.
George Gershwin (1898- 1937) composer, pianist and Ira Gershwin (1896- 1983) lyricist, were born in New York City to Russian Jewish parents. This brother collaboration produced some of the most memorable Broadway shows, opera and popular music of the 20th century. Let your heart beat to rhythm of the music.
Cole Porter (1891-1964) was born and raised in Peru, Indiana into a wealthy Baptist family. He was classically trained in piano and violin but fell in love with musical theater. His college years at Yale and Harvard yielded over 300 songs for musical productions. He wrote close to 1,000 songs. Most became popular from Broadway, Film or celebrity artist performances. “Let’s Do It, Let’s Fall In Love” over and over again to musical favorites of Cole Porter.
Richard Rodgers (1902- 1979) born on Long Island and Lornez Hart (1895-1943) born in Harlem, began their partnership in 1919 at Columbia University where they both attended. Together they created over 500 songs for Broadway musicals and Hollywood films. Revel in the songs that made them a music sensation.
Richard Rodgers (1902- 1979) and Oscar Hammerstein II (1895-1960) together were awarded thirty-four Tony Awards, fifteen Academy Awards, a Pulitzer Prize and two Grammy’s for there shows and film versions of those shows. Richard had a successful, twenty-four year partnership with Lorenz Hart up until his death in 1943. Oscar was born in New York City. His German- born Jewish grandfather was a theater impresario. His maternal grandparents were Scottish, Armenian and English. So his mother raised him Episcopalian. His father was a theater manager and vaudeville show producer. Oscar II, was a brilliant writer, theater producer and director and changed Broadway musicals with “Oklahoma” and “Showboat.” Enjoy the “Sound of Music”
Dorothy Fields (1904-1974) was born in Allenhurst, NJ and grew up in NYC. Her father was a vaudeville comedian turned Broadway producer, but he cautioned against a theater career. She got a break by writing lyrics for Tin Pan Alley’s Mills Music. She wrote over 400 songs in collaboration with great composers including Jimmy McHugh, “Fats” Waller, Jerome Kern, Arthur Shwartz, Sigmund Romberg, Harold Arlen and Cy Coleman in New York and Hollywood. And wrote the book to several Broadway musicals including “Annie Get Your Gun.” She was the first woman inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. This invigorating show gives you many reasons to “Pick Yourself Up”
perform an extensive repertoire of Jazz, American Songbook, Broadway, Blues, Gospel, Negro Spirituals, Classical and Original compositions. Select from a variety of programs or mix and match programs to your preference. We are a quintetcomprised of piano, bass, drums, trombone and vocal. We expand to a sextet, septet and full 16 piece Big Band. JACK & HILL MUSIC also offer a quintet brass band comprised of 2 trumpets, trombone, French Horn and Tuba.
Song List available upon request.
“The Sounds Of Sarah Vaughan” presents a unique musical experience of jazz, swing, bebop, blues, standards, Latin, Broadway show tunes, spirituals, original music and original arrangements, telling the story of “The Divine One” Sarah Vaughan through the music she recorded and the musicians that influenced her. www.TheSoundsOfSarahVaughan.com
Enjoy dancing the Rumba, Foxtrot, Swing, Jitterbug, Meringue, Cha Cha Cha, Waltz, or Slow dance? We enjoy performing the music to get you “In The Mood.” Dance the night away to the Big Band era style of Tommy Dorsey; Jimmy Doresy, Glenn Miller, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway, Jimmie Lunceford, Chick Webb, Benny Goodman,Les Brown and Artie Shaw. You won’t be able to stop dancing.
Beautiful, Soul stirring, and expressive music birthed out of the struggles, victories and gratitude from the life experiences of Americans of Color. This heartfelt program will envelop you through the sounds of our Brass Quintet ( french horn, 2 trumpets, trombone and tuba), piano and vocalist.
“The Sounds of Billie Holiday” is a celebration of the life and legacy of “Lady Day”. Billie Holiday’s distinctive voice, impeccable phrasing and pioneering performances motivate us to gratitude. This concert is an expression of endearing thankfulness, an educational tool used to tell a part of American History and pure enjoyment of the music she sang.
Johnny Mercer (1909-1976) was a Savannah, Georgia born lyricist, composer and singer. His family was wealthy and played a very interesting part in the Civil And American Revolutionary Wars. His upbringing exposed him to ballads his mother sang, Scottish folk music his father sang, minstrel and vaudeville shows, songs of the “Geechee” vendors and fisherman and the music of his African- American playmates and servants. He composed more than 1,500 songs, has had more than 750 published, and has scored hits with nearly 100. This program is sure to “Ac-cen-tchu-ate The Positive”