Stephen Holden on the Hoagy Carmichael Tribute

The NYTimes on the program presented at the 92nd Street Y: “The program, which had five performances through Monday, was written and hosted by Ted Sperling, whose approach to popular music history might be described as modified purist. Its musical core consisted of a pop-jazz septet playing polite arrangements by Jeffrey Klitz in an open-ended vintage jazz style inflected with ragtime and Dixieland. On Saturday night the principal singers — Laura Marie Duncan, Capathia Jenkins and Clarke Thorell — adopted an unobtrusive, plain-spoken approach to songs that over the years have been stretched in every direction.”

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