Maureen McGovern "dangling conversations..." plays a special Performance at Birdland Celebrating the 2nd half of The Great American Songbook
Jeffrey Harris, Piano / Jay Leonhart, Bass
November 8-12, 2011
Ms. McGovern celebrates the 2nd half of The Great American Songbook. Her new show [and late Fall CD release] dangling conversations... will offer audiences an intimate evening of classic songs by iconic singer/songwriters including Paul Simon, J. D. Souther, Joni Mitchell, Don Henley, Laura Nyro, Bruce Springsteen, Jimmy Webb and Pete Seeger - including "Help Me," "The Dangling Conversation," "Faithless Love," "An American Tune," "Time and Love," "Turn, Turn, Turn" and more...
Often called "The Stradivarius Voice," Maureen McGovern has been thrilling audiences on world-wide concert stages, on Broadway and on recordings throughout a career that has spanned over 40 years. Her current PS Classics CD, A Long and Winding Road has been praised by The New York Times as "... a captivating musical scrapbook from the 1960s to the early 70s. Ms. McGovern's vocal technique is second to none."
Grammy nominated for "Best New Artist" (1973) and "Best Traditional Pop Vocal Performance" (1998), McGovern's recording career began with the Oscar-winning InternationAl Gold Records "The Morning After" (Billboard #1) and "We May Never Love Like This Again." Maureen is currently touring with her one-woman theatrical show, Carry It On (formerly: A Long and Winding Road) for which she won Boston's Independent Critics IRNE Award. On Broadway, she starred in Pirates of Penzance, Nine, 3 Penny Opera and, in 2005, originated her Drama Desk nominated role of ‘Marmee' in Little Women, The Musical.
Maureen has performed in extensive cross-country tours with jazz greats Mel Torme, Mercer Ellington & The Duke Ellington Orchestra and John Pizzarelli. She has recorded with Gary Burton, Dori Caymmi, Chick Corea, Terry Trotter, Mike Renzi and jazz bassist/singer/songwriter, Jay Leonhart. She appeared with Buddy Rich, Dame Cleo Laine, John Dankworth and the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra for a tribute to her mentor, Mel Torme, at The Hollywood Bowl.
To quote Mel Torme: "Maureen McGovern is, quite simply, the most glorious singer to come down the pike in several months of Sundays. Possessed of one of the finest vocal instruments in the world... it's easy to understand why she is a world-class performer."
Stephen Holden in The New York Times wrote: "Maureen McGovern is a singer who moves comfortably from jazz to soaring movie themes and from classical pop standards to operetta... a coloratura jazz singer at ease in any medium."
Birdland appearance arranged by Producers Pat Philips & Ettore Stratta