Acclaimed jazz stylist Jane Scheckter will make her Metropolitan Room debut with her all new show, Play A Simple Melody -- A Tribute to Irving Berlin, with four shows only. Tedd Firth will be musical director with Tom Hubbard on bass and Peter Grant on drums.
As in the past, Jane Scheckter will not be doing a biographical show. Her new show will focus on the music and lyrics; songs that have special meaning to her. Along the way, she will share a bevy of anecdotes from Irving Berlin's amazing career and personal life. She said, "The title is totally misleading because nothing about the man or his music was simple. As Jerome Kern wrote, " Berlin has no place in American music; he is American music."
The program will feature many popular Berlin hits as well as some surprises gleaned from Broadway, Hollywood musicals and his lesser know works such as, "The Best Thing For You," "Fella With An Umbrella" and "Falling Out Of Love Can Be Fun." Ms. Scheckter also noted, " The fascinating thing about Irving Berlin is how a school dropout (at thirteen,) could emerge as one of our greatest composers ranking alongside Gershwin, Porter, Kern and Rodgers in sophistication, style and versatility." It will all be enhanced to the fullest by Tedd Firth's swing arrangements with his trio which has been referred to as, " ... one of the strongest trios in cabaret."
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