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Shirley Horn – The Best is Yet to Come

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Out of the tree of life I just picked me a plum
You came along and everything’s startin’ to hum
still it’s a real good bet, the best is yet to come

Shirley Valerie Horn was born in Washington D.C. in 1934. Shirley was a preternaturally gifted pianist who became enamored with the famous U Street jazz area of Washington (destroyed in the 1968 riots), slipping into jazz clubs before she was of legal age. Horn would collaborate with many jazz legends including Dizzy Gillespie, Toots Thielemans, Carmen McRae, and Wynton Marsalis to name a few. She was famous for being a devastating ballad singer with a smokey and lush voice and for an amazing ability to accompany herself with incomparable independence on the piano while singing. Arranger Johnny Mandel described her as “like having two heads”. Kitty Grime, in her book Jazz Voices, calls Shirley “the cult performer…A near-legendary figure.”

On this week’s tune, Horn and Mandel were paired up for a second project with 2001′s sublime set You’re My Thrill for Verve Records. “Mandel respects the value of silence and space; they’re a well matched pair” — Richard Ginell – Allmusic.

No doubt about it, we couldn’t agree more. Happy 2018 everybody. It’s a real good bet, the best is yet to come!

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Written by Cy Coleman & Carolyn Leigh.
Published by Notable Music Co. ASCAP (Cy Coleman). Contact: Damon Booth /
Administered by Big Deal Music Group
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Published by Carwin Music Co. Inc ASCAP (Carolyn Leigh)
Administered by Sony/ATV – EMI U. Catalog Inc.
Master controlled by Universal Music Group.

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Nancy Adams – He’s Stuck in the Chimney Again

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While stumbling around in the tape vault a couple of years ago we came across this little gem, the original 1966 demo for Cy Coleman‘s “He’s Stuck in the Chimney Again”.

The music is by Coleman (who was riding high at the time with Peggy Lee’s #1 pop hit “Big Spender”, a song from the Broadway production of his hit musical, Sweet Charity) and the lyrics are by Floyd Huddleston. Coleman and Huddleston had enjoyed some chart success with “Sweet Talk” recorded by Damita Jo for Mercury Records the year before. The vocal is sung by Huddleston’s wife Nancy Adams, who is also the lovely voice behind Maid Marian from Disney’s 1973 film Robin Hood.

Please enjoy this superb version by the Jon Rauhouse Orchestra feat. Rachel Flotard of Visqueen!

Happy Holidays everyone!

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“He’s Stuck in the Chimney Again” – Published by Notable Music Co. (ASCAP)
Contact: Damon Booth / Administered by Downtown Music Publishing
Contact: Sean McGraw /
Master controlled by Notable Music Co.

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Barnum London Revival

tn 500 thecompanyofbarnum.picbynobbyclark Barnum London RevivalTony Award-winning musical Barnum opens tonight at the Menier Chocolate Factory!
Barnum, with music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Michael Stewart, and a book by Mark Bramble, tells the story of PT Barnum, the greatest showman on Earth! The London revival, starring Marcus Brigstocke as PT Barnum and directed by Gordon Greenberg (Guys and Dolls) will run through March 3rd. Click HERE for more info.

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Barnum (1980 Original Broadway Cast) – One Brick At a Time

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This week’s Top Tune salutes the launch of esteemed theater company Menier Chocolate Factory London‘s upcoming revival of Cy Coleman‘s 1980 hit Broadway musical Barnum. Winner of 3 Tony’s and starring Jim Dale, Glenn Close and Kevin Kline, the original Broadway production (based on the life of “the greatest showman on earth”, P.T. Barnum) ran for 854 performances at The St. James Theater and spawned several successful touring productions in London, Australia, and Madrid.

The musical features a score by Coleman (who was also a producer of the show), lyrics by Michael Stewart and a book by Mark Bramble. The original director-choreographer Joe Layton deftly turned the theatre into a circus combining real life circus performers with musical theater singers and dancers. This London revival runs November 25 through March 3rd and is directed by Gordon Greenberg with choreography by Rebecca Howell and features Marcus Brigstocke as P.T. Barnum.

We’re thrilled to note that the UK revival coincides with the release of a new recording of the score; Harbinger Records along with The Musical Theater Project presents the Barnum Backers’ Audition. Backers’ auditions are the stuff of theatrical lore (explains Coleman biographer Andy Propst). A composer and lyricist set up in a living room or perhaps a restaurant somewhere in Manhattan and, in front of well-heeled potential investors for the newest show, set about performing what they’ve created. If all goes well, at the end of the informal presentation, checks are written or financial commitments are made, allowing the producers to proceed with starting the show to Broadway. The recording is a rare and joyous look into the birth of a major musical performed by the authors themselves!

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“One Brick At a Time” music: Cy Coleman, lyrics: Michael Stewart. Published by Notable Music Co. ASCAP
Contact: Damon Booth /
Administered by Downtown Music Publishing / Contact: Sean McGraw /
Master controlled by Sony Music Group

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