history of popular music, in all its forms, is complex but there are
times when individuals, or groups of individuals, put down such solid
markers that their stories and their music need to be shouted out loud
- lest we forget!
And such was this entrancing 2 2
hours of the music of George Gershwin, Jerome Kern and Richard
Rodgers, and one or two lesser known composers, presented by Gordon
Collins on the piano with John Crayford rendering the lyrics of many
of the songs.
Gordon gave us a brief rundown on the lives of each of these
three great composers of popular music, illustrated with piano pieces,
vocal pieces and, occasionally, by records and lightened by a number
reminded us that the three pillars on which popular music is founded
are theatre music, film music and Tin Pan Alley. Few of the audience
seemed young enough to be drawn towards the latter but we must never
forget that much of the early music of our three heroes, albeit
written for the theatre and/or cinema, contributed to the Tin Pan
Alley of their times. The world of popular music has moved on a little
since then but this
evening reminded us that the best of their products live on today,
particularly in the worlds of light music and jazz.