For The Record
Official Album Release Concert
Directed by Anderson Davis
For The Record invites audiences to a sophisticated swinging evening of freshly penned American Jazz standards that will sweep the body and soul away into a time when lush was live and romance was king. After two sold out performances in the 2017 Sorting Room at the Wallis, Ty Taylor has collaborated with the team behind LA's hit series For The Record to bring his Nouveau Mid-Century Romance Songbook to the Goldsmith Theater for a very special one-night-only concert event.
Ty Taylor on his…
“Nouveau Mid-Century Romance Songbook”
It was the yellow brick road that lead me to my crush on mid-century jazz standards. At age 7, while watching The Wizard of Oz and understanding the message of “somewhere over the rainbow”, I felt the the sky and my dreams open. I owe a lot of my optimism to composer Harold Arlen. That same year I remember staying up past my bed time and sneaking in a viewing of the Billie Holiday bio pic Lady Sings The Blues. When Abel Meeropol’s“ Strange Fruit” scratched my ears, it ushered my soul to a depth that no seven-year-old should dive into. In one year I fell in love with the brightest and darkest songs I’ve heard even to this day, and a style, genre and period of music that most effortlessly connects to the core of who I am. I started taking voice lessons the following year and my favorite songs were those of Gershwin, Porter, Ellington, Strayhorn and the like. My favorite voices were Nat “King” Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Sara Vaughn, Mel Tormé, Dinah Washington and the singing of famous trumpeter, Chet Baker. The themes, melodies, chords, timelessness and sheer coolness of those early american songbook tunes were unparalleled. When a trombone fell from the heavens, into my hands and upon my lips, it cherried my adoration for jazz and mid-century music. I started penning my own valentines to the songbook that formed me. I challenge myself everyday to create pieces that will pepper our somewhat cold zeitgeist with a kiss of old fashioned fine romance.
This is a special leased event and not included in The Wallis 2017/18 programming.