Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Lena Horne, 1917-2010

Was Lena Horne the most physically attractive American entertainer of all time? I think so. The classic beauty died Sunday. The accuracy of my assessment of her music is certainly debatable, but I think of Horne not as a jazz vocalist but as a pre-rock singer of popular music. See her sing a lovely version of "Someday My Prince Will Come" from 1967. The American Jazz Museum would like you to know that they own 1944 footage of Horne singing with Teddy Wilson. You can visit them in Kansas City or watch the clip here.

I've already listened to today's new releases by The Dead Weather and Jim Lauderdale, but the 2010 album I'm currently obsessing over is by Jonas Kaufmann.

Lindsay Shannon, restaurateur and radio personality, is now blogging.

I had mixed feelings about Pat Metheny's concert Friday. Here's my original review. I sort of prefer the Nonesuch rewrite.

Kansas City Click: Rodrigo y Gabriela play their guitars at the Uptown Theater on Tuesday.

Present magazine has a nice feature on Weirdo Wednesday Supper Club at Davey's Uptown.

(Original image by There Stands the Glass.)


Bushless said...

Were there any differeces between Metheny's K.C. show and the one you saw in Italy?

Happy In Bag said...

The new album was performed in its entirely at both shows. Pat's explanation of the concept was the same at both shows.

The solo guitar selections were different.

The Italian show was 20-30 minutes longer.

The Italian concert hall stage was far bigger. 2,100 tickets were sold- I had to utilize a scalper. And the Italian audience was rapt.

The stage in KC seemed cramped. And about ten percent of the audience of about 900 felt compelled to chatter.

Rick in PV said...

"You are a white. The Imperial Wizard. Now, if you don't think this is logic you can burn me on the fiery cross. This is the logic: You have the choice of spending fifteen years married to a woman, a black woman or a white woman. Fifteen years kissing and hugging and sleeping real close on hot nights. With a black, black woman or a white, white woman. The white woman is Kate Smith. And the black woman is Lena Horne. So you're not concerned with black or white anymore, are you? You are concerned with how cute or how pretty. Then let's really get basic and persecute ugly people!"
— Lenny Bruce

Happy In Bag said...

Really? I'd never heard or seen that! Crazy.