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The Mabel Mercer Foundation presents The Music of Jimmy Van Heusen


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The Mabel Mercer Foundation presents The Music of Jimmy Van Heusen

May 17, 2018, 12:00 am

The Mabel Mercer Foundation presents:
“All the Way: The Music of Jimmy Van Heusen”
Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall
57th Street & 7th Avenue
Friday May 18

You probably know and love more songs by Jimmy Van Heusen than you realize - especially “Come Fly with Me” and “Ain’t That a Kick in the Head,” which, in recent years, seems to be heard on the soundtrack of virtually every third movie and commercial. Yet if the name itself doesn’t ring any bells (other than the shirt company that he named himself for), it’s undoubtedly because Van Heusen (1913-1990) wrote for superstar singers, like Bing Crosby and Nat King Cole, and, most of all, his carousing buddy Frank Sinatra, and for Hollywood movies (garnering four Oscars) - as opposed to Broadway shows, where such colleagues as Irving Berlin and Rodgers & Hammerstein were more likely to get their names above the titles. That Van Heusen was a world-class melodist and a composer for the ages will be shown in this highly-welcome concert produced by the Mabel Mercer Foundation, including the best of his collaborations with lyricsts Johnny Burke, Sammy Cahn, and Johnny Mercer. One is especially heartened that that the MMF’s Madame Chairwoman, KT Sullivan, has, admirably, lined up all the major Van Heusen specialists in New York for this auspicious occasion: Jeff Harnar, Nicolas King, Marissa Mulder (also appearing in her own highly-recommended show on Saturday at the Beach Cafe), Shana Farr, Eric Yves Garcia, newcomer Joie Bianco and the priceless duo of Eric Comstock and Barbara Fasano. As wordsmith Sammy Cahn once famously quipped regarding his two most famous associates, “The trouble with Sinatra is that he thinks he’s Van Heusen.”

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Author: Will Friedwald
Photography by: STEPHEN SOROKOFF

Author: Will Friedwald

Will Friedwald writes about music and popular culture for THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, VANITY FAIR and PLAYBOY magazine and reviews current shows for THE CITIVIEW NEW YORK. He also is the author of nine books, including the award-winning A BIOGRAPHICAL GUIDE TO THE GREAT JAZZ AND POP SINGERS, SINATRA: THE SONG IS YOU, STARDUST MELODIES, TONY BENNETT: THE GOOD LIFE, LOONEY TUNES & MERRIE MELODIES, and JAZZ SINGING. He has written over 600 liner notes for compact discs, received ten Grammy nominations, and appears frequently on television and other documentaries. He is also a consultant and curator for Apple Music.

New Books:

THE GREAT JAZZ AND POP VOCAL ALBUMS (Pantheon Books / Random House, November 2017)

SINATRA: THE SONG IS YOU - NEW REVISED EDITION (Chicago Review Press, May 2018)