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A Particularly Stellar Lineup of Musicians Shares the Johnny Mercer Songbook at Jazz at Lincoln Center

Posted on AllSides June 13th, 2024
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At Dizzy’s Club, the host and curator, Deborah Grace Winer, observed that Johnny Mercer had a “truly American voice” as a songwriter, being at once “a folk poet” and also “a real urbane, snazzy wordsmith.” It’s true: Unlike most of the giants who gave us the great American songbook, Mercer grew up a thousand miles from Tin Pan Alley and was neither Jewish nor Black, and he was not part of the immigrant experience. Mercer’s music is unique in that we can’t imagine Sammy Cahn or Frank Loesser writing a...

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