I didn’t know the lineage of the Gershwin’s work, so the most astounding thing that I have learned in preparing for this series is the remarkable timeline of their development.
In short order, George went from a Tin Pan Alley song plugger to the composer of one of the most well loved ‘serious’ compositions to ever emerge from America. “Rhapsody in Blue” is virtually an aural representation of urban life in the ‘20s, and 100 years later, it still evokes the same vivid images as it had when it was fresh.
Featured tracks in today’s show include;
Rhapsody in Blue – Bernstein/NY Philharmonic
The Man I Love – Billie Holiday
Oh, Lady Be Good – Fred Astaire
Oh, Lady Be Good – Count Basie
Fascinating Rhythm – Ella Fitzgerald
Half of It, Dearie Blues – Ella Fitzgerald