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Wednesday Jul 29
8:00 pRhapsody In Blue
Thursday Jul 30
2:00 pOver There
8:00 pThe Dream's On Me
Friday Jul 31
2:00 pJazz Me Blues
Saturday Aug 1
8:00 pSingin' In The Rain
Wednesday Aug 5
8:00 pFred & GInger
Thursday Aug 6
2:00 pOl' Man River
8:00 pSummertime
Friday Aug 7
2:00 pBillie's Blues
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8:00 pSpirituals To Swing
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The Dream's On Me
The Dream's On Me
Johnny Mercer in Hollywood 1941
Thu Jul 30, 8:00-9:15 pm
Jaqua Concert Hall, The Shedd Institute
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One evening in 1941, while Hollywood pros Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer were working on the score of a passable Warner Brothers vehicle entitled Hot Nocturne, they cranked out a required “blues” number, drove over to a friend’s house and barged in on her dinner party that included Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney and Mel Tormé, sat down at the piano and played it. “That’s the greatest thing I’ve ever heard,” Garland exclaimed, “Play it again!” The song, “Blues In The Night”, became the name of the film, an instant hit, and is widely acknowledged as a landmark in the evolution of American popular music principally because of Mercer’s easy use of idiom. In this, the 100th anniversary of his birth, we pay tribute to Mercer's Hollywood years, with an evening of his best from 1936’s “I’m an Old Cowhand” through his work in the ‘60s with Henry Mancini (“Moon River”) and into the 1970s.
Event Personnel
Ken Peplowski, director, clarinet
Maria Jette, vocals
Michael Stone, vocals
Ian Whitcomb, vocals
Frank Vignola, guitar
Dan Barrett, trombone
Bill Mays, piano
Doug Miller, bass
Chuck Redd, drums
Program
 Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive
(1944) Here Come The Waves - Johnny Mercer (w) Harold Arlen (m) - Michael
 In The Cool, Cool, Cool Of The Evening
(1951) Here Comes The Groom - Johnny Mercer (w) Hoagy Carmichael (m) - Ian
 Skylark
(1942) - Johnny Mercer (w) Hoagy Carmichael (m) - Maria
 Blues In The Night
(1941) Blues In The Night - Johnny Mercer (w) Harold Arlen (m) - Michael
 My Shining Hour
(1943) The Sky's The Limit - Johnny Mercer (w) Harold Arlen (m)
 Laura
(1945) Laura - Johnny Mercer (w) David Raksin (m)
 And The Angels Sing
(1939) - Johnny Mercer (w) Ziggy Elman (m) - Maria
 Dream
(1944) - Johnny Mercer (w/m) - Maria
 I'm An Old Cowhand (From The Rio Grande)
(1936) Rhythm On The Range - Johnny Mercer (w/m) - Ian
 The Glow-Worm
(1952) - Johnny Mercer, Lilla Cayley Robinson (w) Paul Lincke (m) [ based on The Glow-Worm ] - Maria, Michael, Ian
 Moon River
(1961) Breakfast At Tiffany's - Johnny Mercer (w) Henry Mancini (m) - Maria
 Satin Doll
(1953) - Johnny Mercer (w) Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn (m)
 Empty Tables
(1976) - Johnny Mercer (w) Jimmy Van Heusen (m) - Michael
 Happy Ever After
(1971) - Johnny Mercer (w) Dick Hyman (m) - Michael
 This Time The Dream's On Me
(1941) Blues In The Night - Johnny Mercer (w) Harold Arlen (m) - Maria
Ticket/Venue Info
The Dream's On Me Ticket Prices
Seat
Level
Full
Price
Discount Prices
15%20%25%Stud.
AA36.00  30.75  29.00  27.00  18.00 
A28.00  24.00  22.50  21.00  14.00 
B20.00  17.00  16.00  15.00  10.00 
O20.00  17.00  16.00  15.00  10.00 
Jaqua Concert Hall
The John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts
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Eugene, Oregon
541-434-7000
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