Featuring: Jim Cox, piano; musical director
Jeff D'Angelo, bass
Ralph Penland, drums
Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington, Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232
I am happy and proud to note that the concept of this production came from writer-show biz personality Rex Reed's wonderful Lyrics and Lyricists presentations at New York City's YMHA---i.e. his Ira Gershwin and Salute to Warner Bros galas--- over the last few years. “Gershwin Valentine” would most likely never have occurred to me without my having seen these terrific shows. "Valentine" is Rex-like even down to the very brief narration linkage that I will be presenting between numbers.
Singer Kurt Reichenbach's enthusiasm for my “idea” (of sorts) when I first told it to him, was a major factor in helping to bring “Valentine” into being. Couldn't have done it without him. Also thanks to the Jazz Bakery's Ruth Price who “got” my sell to her for the show right off the bat.
If all goes well, the Songbook Singers and I would like to continue with these American Popular Song tributes on a regular basis. Hope you can come and enjoy our show.