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chez Brick Top's Ada Le Quintette du Hot Club de France at Bricktop's Big Apple chez Brick Tops, Paris chez Brick Top's Ada Bricktop Smith & Monico Brick Top's, Paris
A Montmartre jazz party
Thu Aug 9, 8:00-10:30 pm
Jaqua Concert Hall, The Shedd Institute
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  • Description
  • Personnel
  • Program
"My greatest claim to fame is that I discovered Bricktop before Cole Porter." -- F. Scott Fitzgerald
The indisputable queen of Jazz Age Paris nightlife was Ada Beatrice Queen Victoria Louise Virginia Smith, known to the world then and now simply as "Bricktop". Bricktop got her start (and her nickname, due to her red hair) at Barron's Exclusive in Harlem and moved to Paris in 1924 at the invitation of Gene Bullard, who had just opened his club Le Grand Duc on that corner of Rue Pigalle and Rue Fontaine in Montmartre. Over the next 16 years, first at Le Grand Duc and then at a series of her own clubs, she hosted the most luminous of Paris Jazz Age scene, from Scott Fitzgerald and T. S. Eliot to (for a brief period) the Montparnasse avant garde to, finally and most prominantly the worlds of Cole Porter, Noel Coward and the Prince of Wales.
The 2012 OFAM jazz party pays tribute to Bricktop and those golden years, including everything from solos to group jams, with Clairdee on vocals and some surprises from Ian Whitcomb. The format for the evening will be our usual jazz party: top-ticketed cabaret seating down front of the 21+ main floor, and reserved seating for all ages up in the balcony, with a full bar in the Tykeson Lobby. We won’t be getting going at midnight, mercifully, but at the far more civilized hour of 8 pm. And while formal wear is not required, in the spirit of the event, we encourage it for those who opt for the Gold Circle cabaret seating.
As usual, the evening’s program will be shaped by audience requests from the provided program list of music played at Bricktop’s, as well as favorite songs of Bricktop and the itinerant musicians, dancers and singers that passed through her world. Be prepared for a relaxed evening featuring some of the best standards-based jazz anywhere...with plenty of great singing.
Event Personnel
Ken Peplowski, director, clarinet, reeds
Clairdee, vocals
Ian Whitcomb, vocals
Doug Miller, bass
Bucky Pizzarelli, guitar
Chuck Redd, drums, vibes
Ted Rosenthal, piano
Terell Stafford, trumpet
Aaron Weinstein, violin
The eveningy's program will be selected from the following:
 Stormy Weather
(1933) Cotton Club Parade, 22nd Edition Ted Koehler (w) Harold Arlen (m)
 Ballin' The Jack
(1913) Jim Burris (w) Chris Smith (m)
 My Melancholy Baby
(1912) George Norton (w) Ernie Burnett (m)
 What Is This Thing Called Love?
(1929) Wake Up And Dream! Cole Porter (w/m)
 Creole Love Call
(1927) Rhyth-mania Duke Ellington, Bubber Miley, Rudy Jackson (m)
(1935) Cotton Club Parade, 26th Edition Ted Koehler (w) Rube Bloom (m)
 I Can't Give You Anything But Love
(1928) Lew Leslie's Blackbirds of 1928 Dorothy Fields (w) Jimmy McHugh (m)
 Sweet Georgia Brown
(1925) Kenneth Casey (w) Ben Bernie, Maceo Pinkard (m)
 I Must Have That Man
(1928) Lew Leslie's Blackbirds of 1928 Dorothy Fields (w) Jimmy McHugh (m)
 All Alone
(1924) Music Box Revue 1923 Irving Berlin (w/m)
 Beale Street Blues
(1916) W. C. Handy (w/m)
(1928) Lew Leslie's Blackbirds of 1928 Dorothy Fields (w) Jimmy McHugh (m)
 After You've Gone
(1918) Henry Creamer (w) Turner Layton (m)
(1925) Joe Young, Sam Lewis (w) Harry Akst (m)
 The Blue Room
(1926) The Girl Friend Lorenz Hart (w) Richard Rodgers (m)
 Everybody Loves My Baby
(1924) Earl Carroll's Vanities of 1924 Spencer Williams, Jack Palmer (w/m)
 Doin' The New Lowdown
(1928) Lew Leslie's Blackbirds of 1928 Dorothy Fields (w) Jimmy McHugh (m)
 Miss Otis Regrets
(1934) Cole Porter (w/m)
 How Deep Is The Ocean?
(1932) Irving Berlin (w/m)
 Embraceable You
(1930) Girl Crazy Ira Gershwin (w) George Gershwin (m)
 The Man I Love
(1924) Strike Up The Band Ira Gershwin (w) George Gershwin (m)
 Am I Blue?
(1929) Cotton Club Parade, 22nd Edition Grant Clarke (w) Harry Akst (m)
 Blue Skies
(1927) Betsy Irving Berlin (w/m)
 Ace In The Hole
(1941) Let's Face It Cole Porter (w/m)
 I'm In Love Again
(1924) Cole Porter (w/m)
(1933) Earl "Fatha" Hines, Henri Woode (w/m)
 Honeysuckle Rose
(1929) Andy Razaf (w) Fats Waller (m)
 Bye, Bye, Blackbird
(1926) Mort Dixon (w) Ray Henderson (m)
 I Got Rhythm
(1930) Girl Crazy Ira Gershwin (w) George Gershwin (m)
(1927) Jack Yellen, Milton Ager, Red Nichols, Frank Crumit (w/m)
 That Old Feeling
(1937) Vogues of 1938 Lew Brown (w) Sammy Fain (m)

Ticket/Venue Info
Bricktop's Ticket Prices
Discount Prices
Gold48.00  43.25  41.00  38.50  -  
Red36.00  32.50  30.75  29.00  -  
Youth22.00  -   -   -   -  
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OFAM 2012 Title Sponsor
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