Oregon Festival of American Music 2015
Swanee
Vaudeville & Tin Pan Alley
Wed, Aug 12, 1:30 - 3:00 pm
Jaqua Concert Hall, The Shedd Institute
Marriott Residence Inn
On October 24, 1881 Bowery theatre manager and devoted family man Tony Pastor opened at the Fourteenth Street Theater what he claimed to be the first "clean" variety show in New York City on the hunch that a vastly broader audience could be reached by banning liquor at his shows and making the lyrics respectable. He was right, as many other impresarios were discovering, and over the next decade a new form of variety, called "vaudeville" exploded across the country, from the smallest towns to the biggest cities. The key to its genius (a guiding principle it shared with Tin Pan Alley) was its commitment to reaching middle America. As Groucho Marx often quipped, "If it plays in Peoria, it will play anywhere." And that's exactly what vaudeville wanted to do!
Vaudeville shows featured a bit of everything presented in a series of unrelated acts--magic, plays, acrobatics, LOTS of comedy, and a wide range of music from classical and opera to the latest hits from Tin Pan Alley. Hugely successful until it finally succumbed to the advent of talkies at the end of the 1920s, vaudeville, at its height, supported over 250,000 artists and was the launching pad for most of the 20th century's top entertainers, ranging from Fred & Adelle Astaire and Charlie Chaplin to W. C. Fields, George Burns & Gracie Allen, Eddie Cantor, Cary Grant, the Marx Brothers and thousands more. "Everything I know," declared James Cagney, "I learned in vaudeville."
Bill Hulings, Shirley Andress and Ian Whitcomb front Jesse Cloninger and The Emerald City Jazz Kings in an afternoon of some of the best from 1920s vaudeville representing its most iconic stars--Al Jolson, Nora Bayes, Sophie Tucker, Fannie Brice and Eddie Cantor…along with more than a few nods to the non-musical elements of the form!
Event Personnel
Jesse Cloninger, director, reeds
Ian Whitcomb, vocals
PROGRAM
 Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody
(1918) Sinbad
Words by Joe Young, Sam Lewis
Music by Jean Schwartz
 Swanee
(1919) Sinbad
Words by Irving Caesar
 Avalon
(1920) interpolated into Sinbad
Words & music by B. G. DeSylva, Al Jolson, Vincent Rose
 Toot, Toot, Tootsie (Goo'Bye)
(1922) Bombo
Words & music by Gus Kahn, Ernie Erdman, Ted Fio Rito, Dan Russo
 If You Want The Rainbow
(1928) My Man
Words by Billy Rose
Music by Oscar Levant
 When The Red, Red, Robin Comes Bob, Bob, Bobbin' Along
(1926)
Words & music by Harry Woods
 The Darktown Strutters' Ball
(1917)
Words & music by Shelton Brooks
 Some Of These Days
(1910)
Words & music by Shelton Brooks
 Hungry Women
(1929) interpolated into Whoopee
Words by Jack Yellen
Music by Milton Ager
 If You Knew Susie
(1925) Big Boy
Words & music by Joseph Meyer, B. G. DeSylva
 Second Hand Rose
(1921) Ziegfeld Follies of 1921
Words by Grant Clarke
Music by James F. Hanley
 My Man
(1921)
Words by Jacques Charles (fr), Channing Pollock (en), Albert Willemetz (fr)
Music by Maurice Yvain
translation of Mon Homme
 I'd Rather Be Blue Over You
(1928) My Man
Words by Billy Rose
Music by Fred Fisher
 Blue Skies
(1926) Betsy
Words & music by Irving Berlin
 In A Shanty In Old Shanty Town
(1932) Crooner
Words by Joe Young
Music by Little Jack Little, John Siras
 Hello, I Must Be Going
(1930) Animal Crackers
Words by Bert Kalmar
Music by Harry Ruby
Featured composers, lyricists, creators
Milton Ager, 1893-1979
Irving Berlin, 1888-1989
Shelton Brooks, 1886-1975
Irving Caesar, 1895-1996
Jacques Charles, -
Grant Clarke, -
B. G. DeSylva, 1895-1950
Ernie Erdman, 1879-1946
Ted Fio Rito, 1900-1971
Fred Fisher, 1875-1942
George Gershwin, 1898-1937
James F. Hanley, 1892-1942
Al Jolson, 1886-1950
Gus Kahn, 1886-1941
Bert Kalmar, 1884-1947
Oscar Levant, 1906-1972
Sam Lewis, 1885-1959
Little Jack Little, 1899-1956
Joseph Meyer, 1894-1987
Channing Pollock, 1880-1946
Billy Rose, 1899-1966
Vincent Rose, 1880-1944
Harry Ruby, 1895-1974
Dan Russo, -
Jean Schwartz, 1878-1956
John Siras, -
Albert Willemetz, 1887-1964
Harry Woods, 1896-1970
Jack Yellen, 1892-1991
Joe Young, 1889-1939
Maurice Yvain, 1891-1965
Ticket/Venue Info
Swanee Ticket Prices
Seat LvlFull PriceDiscount Prices
10%  15%  20%  Stud. 
A32.00  29.00  27.25  25.75  16.00 
B28.00  25.25  24.00  22.50  14.00 
C22.00  20.00  18.75  17.75  11.00 
O18.00  16.25  15.50  14.50  9.00 
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