Its time to renew your musical library card by attending the 7th Annual Lit Show, starring Suzy Williams.
What: The Lit Show
When: Saturday, July 14th 2012 7:30 pm
Where: Beyond Baroque Foundation, 681 Venice Blvd. in Venice
How Much: $15
Many of you know what a sensational singer and entertainer is Suzy Williams, who prevails in a bewildering variety of venues and forms. She is a composer, a bandleader, the greatest living disciple of Bessie Smith AND the best cook in Venice. Once a year she and I put on a "Literary" concert: songs by famous writers.
Every so often, a great novelist, playwright or poet will lose all his dignity and condescend to collaborate with a musician. Thus we have found songs with (intentional) lyrics by the likes of Charles Dickens, Lewis Carroll, Ogden Nash, Langston Hughes, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Dorothy Parker and their peers. We always are on the lookout for any such anomalous productions (I'm still on the trail of a song by Edward "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolfe" Albee, and another with MUSIC by George Bernard Shaw!).
New to our show is the swinging "Red Cap" - a 1937 collaboration between lyricist Ben Hecht (the great screenplay writer, the "Shakespeare of Hollywood"), and composer ... Louis Armstrong!
Of course we also roll our own, supplying original music to likely literary lines. This year, weve set a rather dramatic score to The Great Secret, a poem of Hafiz, the immortal 14th century Persian poet.
That's the gist of this special evening, and if I do say so, it will be "gist" wonderful. We have an accomplished hot jazz quintet* to accompany Ms. Williams, plus many surprises and shenanigans on tap.