Megan Amaniera March 28, 2011
For my concert report I saw the Bill Charlap Trio featuring Peter Washington and Kenny Washington at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola in the Lincoln Center. The highly respected jazz trio made up of pianist Bill Charlap, bassist Kenny Washington and drummer Peter Washington played for about an hour an a half. Their smooth melodies and precise playing worked perfectly together to give a great performance against the New York City skyline at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola. The trio opened up the show with a song called “I'll Remember April”. The song was originally written in 1941 by Gene de Paul (Wilson, McElrath, Tyle). “I'll Remember April” first performance was in a very atypical setting. The song was not performed in a Broadway play or Jazz Club but rather the 1942 comedy Called Ride 'Em Cowboy. Actor Dick Foran sang the song in what a critic at the time called, “I’ll Remember April’ was an oasis of sanity in the madness” (Wilson, McElrath, Tyle). Although an odd start the movie Ride 'Em Cowboy proved to be significant in the Jazz community for another reason as well. In the movie the famous jazz vocalist Ella Fitzgerald appeared in her first film role playing an employee at the dude ranch named Ruby ("I'll Remember April (1941)"). “ She projected a light, frothy, easy-going humor” in her performance of “A-Tisket, A-Tasket” ("I'll Remember April (1941)"). This movie brought out just how significant jazz music was at the time because it made a mediocre film come to life. This was not Gene De Paul's first time creating a brilliant jazz song. The pianist, composer and arranger had written many songs before for Hollywood films and Broadway shows such as “You Don't Know What Love is” and “Star Eyes” ("I'll Remember April (1941)"). He had worked with many lyricists before but on this particular song Gene de Paul worked with his friend Don Raye and Patricia Johnston ("I'll Remember April (1941)"). The lyrics portrays...
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