Tonight You Belong To Me
Lee Morse & Mildred Bailey
Sat, Feb 9, 7:30 - 9:30 pm
Austin Auditorium, LaSells
In the past few years we have presented shows on early jazz as well as the Swing Era. Over the course of these shows I have repeatedly come across tracks by two artist that always leave me wanting to hear more: Lee Morse and Mildred Bailey. Morse and Bailey each possess such wonderful individual styles and perfection in their singing and musicianship that it is surprising that neither has received more widespread acclaim.
Maybe I am also just a little bit of a sucker for local gals from the Pacific Northwest. Morse hailed from Cove, Oregon about eight miles east of La Grande, and Bailey came out of a little town called Tekoa, Washington, about halfway between Spokane and Pullman. Neither spent too long in their home towns before venturing off to bigger cities to start their careers. Morse headed to San Francisco and was quickly swept into the world of vaudeville. Bailey moved from Spokane, to Seattle, and eventually Los Angeles where she had her big break singing with Paul Whiteman.
Aside from their points of origin, combining the voices of these two ladies seems like an interesting and worthwhile cause because each has her own unique sound. Morse’s deeper alto voice with its moments of near yodel-like tones, often self-accompanied on guitar, at times seems like a mix of early popular song with hints of what was to come in country music. Bailey’s voice is so clear and warm, and so effortlessly swinging every single time.
So come out and dive into the repertoire of these two local masters with us. You are invited!
Event Personnel
Directors
Jesse Cloninger, director & bandleader
George Comstock, director, "At Home with Mrs. Swing"
Vocalists
Shirley Andress, vocals
Tracy Williams-Tooze, vocals
Sarah B. Rose, vocals, Mildred Bailey
Eric Blanchard, Red Norvo
Musicians
Jesse Cloninger, reeds
Alexis Garnica, trumpet
Glenn Griffith, trombone
Kyle Smith, guitar
Nathan Waddell, bass
Alistair Gardner, drums
Alex Parthemer, piano
Program
Lee Morse (recorded from 1924-38, '50)
 Bring Back Those Rock-A-Bye Baby Days
(1924)
Words by Harold Christy - Music by Abner Silver, Saul Bernie
 Yes Sir! That's My Baby
(1925)
Words by Gus Kahn - Music by Walter Donaldson
 Ukulele Lady
(1925)
Words by Gus Kahn - Music by Richard Whiting
 Tonight You Belong To Me
(1926)
Words by Billy Rose - Music by Lee David
 Side By Side
(1927)
Words by Gus Kahn - Music by Harry Woods
 In The Sing Song Sycamore Tree
(1928)
Words by Mort Dixon - Music by Harry Woods
 If You Want The Rainbow
(1928)
Words by Billy Rose, Mort Dixon - Music by Oscar Levant
 Shadows On The Wall
(1928)
Words & music by Lee Morse
 Always, My Dear, I'll Adore You
(1930) Song Service
Words by Charles Tobias - Music by Peter DeRose
 I'm One Of God's Children
(1931) Ballyhoo
Words by Oscar Hammerstein II, Harry Ruskin - Music by Louis Alter
Mildred Bailey (recorded from 1929-47)
 When It's Sleepy Time Down South
(1930)
Words & music by Clarence Muse, Leon René, Otis René
 Too Late
(1931)
Words & music by Victor Young, Sam M. Lewis
 Rockin' Chair
(1930)
Words & music by Hoagy Carmichael
 Heat Wave
(1933) As Thousands Cheer
Words & music by Irving Berlin
 Doin' The Uptown Lowdown
(1933) Broadway Thru a Keyhole
Words by Mack Gordon - Music by Harry Revel
 Junk Man
(1934)
Words by Frank Loesser - Music by Joseph Meyer
 Honeysuckle Rose
(1929)
Words by Andy Razaf - Music by Fats Waller
 More Than You Know
(1929) Great Day
Words by Billy Rose, Edward Eliscu - Music by Vincent Youmans
 I Let A Song Go Out of My Heart
(1938)
Words by Irving Mills, John Redmond, Henry Nemo - Music by Duke Ellington
 I Thought About You
(1939)
Words by Johnny Mercer - Music by Jimmy Van Heusen
Featured composers, lyricists, creators
Louis Alter, 1902-1980
Irving Berlin, 1888-1989
Saul Bernie, -
Hoagy Carmichael, 1899-1981
Harold Christy, -
Lee David, 1891-1978
Peter DeRose, 1900-1953
Mort Dixon, 1892-1956
Walter Donaldson, 1893-1947
Edward Eliscu, 1902-1998
Duke Ellington, 1899-1974
Mack Gordon, 1904-1959
Oscar Hammerstein II, 1895-1960
Gus Kahn, 1886-1941
Oscar Levant, 1906-1972
Sam M. Lewis, 1885-1959
Frank Loesser, 1910-1969
Johnny Mercer, 1909-1976
Joseph Meyer, 1894-1987
Irving Mills, 1894-1985
Lee Morse, 1897-1954
Clarence Muse, 1889-1979
Henry Nemo, -
Andy Razaf, 1895-1973
John Redmond, -
Leon René, 1902-1982
Otis René, 1898-1970
Harry Revel, 1905-1958
Billy Rose, 1899-1966
Harry Ruskin, 1894-1969
Abner Silver, 1899-1966
Charles Tobias, 1898-1970
Jimmy Van Heusen, 1913-1990
Fats Waller, 1904-1943
Richard Whiting, 1891-1938
Harry Woods, 1896-1970
Vincent Youmans, 1898-1946
Victor Young, 1899-1956
Ticket/Venue Info
Tonight You Belong To Me Ticket Prices
Seat LvlFull PriceDiscount Prices
10%  15%  20% 
A25.00  22.50  21.25  20.00  -  
Student Free0.00  0.00  0.00  0.00  -  
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LaSells Stewart Center
OSU Campus
Corvallis, OR
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