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All-Star Lineup Performs Gershwin Across America at Hollywood Bowl

Performers at concert include Nancy Wilson, Monica Mancini and Jason Mraz

Monica Mancini
Nancy Wilson

Tonight at the Hollywood Bowl in Hollywood, Calif., an interesting group of singers will celebrate the music of George and Ira Gershwin in a special performance called “Gershwin Across America.” Singers Jason Mraz, Monica Mancini, BeBe Winans, Nancy Wilson and St. Vincent will perform classic Gershwin material such as “Summertime,” “Someone to Watch Over Me,” and “They Can’t Take That Away From Me.” The singers will be backed by an all-star big band and string sections, featuring the Shelly Berg Trio, Gordon Goodwin, Tom Scott, Arturo Sandoval and more

Laura Connelly, Director of Presentations at the Bowl, told JT in an e-mail that in deciding to salute the iconic songwriting of the Gershwins, they received input from their piano-playing Creative Chair for Jazz, who is more than a little familiar with the composing siblings. “We’d been talking with Herbie Hancock about different programming ideas and thinking about all the different recordings he’d done throughout his career,” she explained. “We had already had Herbie perform ‘Gershwin’s World’ at Walt Disney Concert Hall with the LA Philharmonic and thought that we could use the album as a catalyst to put an all-Gerswhin evening together at the Bowl. At the same time, we’d been talking with the producer Phil Ramone who was working on a yet-to-be-released CD Gershwin Across America which focused on pop artists singing Gershwin tunes and thought it would be a great concert to make musical reference to both.”

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