Oregon Festival of American Music 2015
Careless Love
Ethel Waters, Annette Hanshaw & Bessie Smith at Columbia Records
Thu, Aug 13, 8:00 - 10:00 pm
Jaqua Concert Hall, The Shedd Institute
Mike & Nancy Oft Rose
For this evening's concert Jesse Cloninger and the Festival Hot Seven, fronted by Clairdee, Marisa Frantz, and Siri Vik offer a tribute to three of the exceptional 1920s Columbia Records vocalist whose individual styles well-reflect the jazz- and blues-tinged spirit of their age: the versatile actress and multi-genre vocal stylist Ethel Waters, the classic vaudeville blues singer Bessie Smith, and the unusually gifted popular singer Annette Hanshaw.
The three had significantly different career paths and approaches: Styled "Empress of the Blues", Bessie Smith was classic vaudeville blues singer to the core and as such was always on one of Columbia's specialized ethnic series; her fortunes soared and fell as the blues craze came and went. Ethel Waters began her career as a vaudeville blues singer as well, but found her way into cabaret, the theatre and popular song. Signing with Columbia in 1923, the same year Smith signed with the label, she was listed in its mainstream popular catalog and thus enjoyed a more even market. Annette Hanshaw went straight to recording, first with a successful run at Pathé Records, and after 1928 with Columbia, developing as well a successful presence on radio as "The Personality Girl".
There were, of course, many other female vocalist from the period remarkable for their connections in one way or another to classic blues, of whom Clairdee, Marisa and Siri will also pay tribute to Ida Cox, Mamie Smith, Marion Harris, Lee Wiley, Lee Morse, Libby Holman, and Blanche Calloway.
Event Personnel
Jesse Cloninger, director, reeds
Clairdee, vocals
Ted Rosenthal, piano
Byron Stripling, trumpet, vocals
Rod Fleeman, guitar
Doug Miller, bass
Chuck Redd, drums
PROGRAM
 Am I Blue?
(1929) Cotton Club Parade, 22nd Edition
Words by Grant Clarke
Music by Harry Akst
 Stormy Weather
(1933) Cotton Club Parade, 22nd Edition
Words by Ted Koehler
Music by Harold Arlen
 Body And Soul
(1930) Three's a Crowd
Words by Edward Heyman, Robert Sour, Frank Eyton
Music by Johnny Green
 Down Hearted Blues
(1922)
Words & music by Alberta Hunter, Lovie Austin
 I'm A Jazz Vampire
(1920)
Words by Art Swanstrom
Music by Carey Morgan
 A Good Man Is Hard To Find
(1918)
Words & music by Eddie Green
 Saint Louis Blues
(1914)
Words & music by W. C. Handy
 My Canary Has Circles Under His Eyes
(1931)
Words by Ted Koehler, Edward Pola
Music by Jack Golden
 Wild Women Don’t Have The Blues
(1924)
Words & music by Ida Cox
 Just A Crazy Song
(1931)
Words & music by Spencer Williams, Chick Smith
 Growlin’ Dan
(1931)
Words & music by Blanche Calloway, Clyde Hart
 When Your Lover Has Gone
(1931)
Words & music by Aaron Swan
 Say It Isn't So
(1932)
Words & music by Irving Berlin
 Mean To Me
(1929)
Words & music by Fred E. Ahlert, Roy Turk
 You're The Cream In My Coffee
(1928) George White's Scandals 9th Edition
Words by Lew Brown, B. G. DeSylva
Music by Ray Henderson
 Singin' the Blues
(1920)
Words by Joe Young, Sam Lewis
Music by Con Conrad, J. Russel Robinson
 If You Want The Rainbow
(1928) My Man
Words by Billy Rose
Music by Oscar Levant
 Someone Else Will Take Your Place
(1923)
Words & music by Alberta Hunter
 Black And Blue
(1929) Connie's Hot Chocolates
Words by Andy Razaf, Harry Brooks
Music by Fats Waller
 I've Got A Feeling I'm Falling
(1929)
Words & music by Fats Waller, Billy Rose, Harry Link
 Beale Street Blues
(1916)
Words & music by W. C. Handy
 Tiger Rag
(1917)
Music by Nick LaRocca
 Careless Love
(traditional)
Featured composers, lyricists, creators
Fred E. Ahlert, 1892-1953
Harry Akst, 1894-1963
Harold Arlen, 1905-1986
Lovie Austin, 1887-1972
Irving Berlin, 1888-1989
Harry Brooks, -
Lew Brown, 1893-1958
Blanche Calloway, -
Grant Clarke, -
Con Conrad, 1891-1938
Ida Cox, -
B. G. DeSylva, 1895-1950
Frank Eyton, 1894-1962
Jack Golden, -
Eddie Green, -
Johnny Green, 1908-1989
W. C. Handy, 1873-1958
Clyde Hart, -
Ray Henderson, 1896-1970
Edward Heyman, 1907-1981
Alberta Hunter, 1895-1984
Ted Koehler, 1894-1973
Nick LaRocca, 1889-1961
Oscar Levant, 1906-1972
Sam Lewis, 1885-1959
Harry Link, 1896-1956
Carey Morgan, -
Edward Pola, -
Andy Razaf, 1895-1973
J. Russel Robinson, -
Billy Rose, 1899-1966
Chick Smith, -
Robert Sour, -1985
Aaron Swan, -
Art Swanstrom, -
Roy Turk, 1892-1934
Fats Waller, 1904-1943
Spencer Williams, 1889-1965
Joe Young, 1889-1939
Ticket/Venue Info
Careless Love Ticket Prices
Seat LvlFull PriceDiscount Prices
10%  15%  20%  Stud. 
A38.00  34.25  32.50  30.50  19.00 
B34.00  30.75  29.00  27.25  17.00 
C28.00  25.25  24.00  22.50  14.00 
D20.00  18.00  17.00  16.00  10.00 
Jaqua Concert Hall
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Eugene, Oregon
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