When Broadway Meets Swing Street
It’s amazing how many American jazz standards originated in Broadway shows. Judy Kurtz and Ed Polcer bring together the two genres in swingin’ fashion!
Musical comedy of the 1920’s and the 1930’s grew into the “musical play” of the 1940’s and the 1950’s, and eventually today’s modern musicals. Songs of the Broadway musical theater composed by Kern, Gershwin, Rodgers, Porter, Bernstein, Sondheim, etc. became standards in the Great American Songbook.
These songs became the foundation of the repertoire of the great jazz and swing musicians playing on New York’s West 52 nd Street (Swing Street). There were also instances where great jazz songs helped create musicals, such as “Ain’t Misbehavin’” and “One Mo’ Time”.
When show tunes merge with the world of swing, the results are exciting, sometimes mellow, often unusual, and always friendly to the ear.
Join Judy Kurtz and Ed Polcer on a musical stroll to that magical corner…WHERE BROADWAY MEETS SWING STREET!