The American Songbook
The Stannington Mixed Choir present an evening of songs from the American Songbook. We will be performing on Saturday 28th October 7:30pm at the Knowle Top Chapel Stannington
Free Admission – retiring collection for the Knowle Top Kitchen refurbishment fund.
Our program will include popular songs from the musicals such as Showboat, Roberta, songs by Frank Sinatra and many more along with guest performances and solo’s from the “No Identity” group.
History of the American Songbook
The Great American Songbook, is also known as “American Standards”. It is one of the most important and influential American musical standards originating from the early 20th century.
Although several collections of music have been published under the title, “American Songbook” does not refer to any actual book or specific list of songs.
Instead it is loosely defined as a set including the most popular songs from the 1920s to the 1950s that were created for Broadway theatre, musical theatre, and Hollywood musical film
They have been recorded and performed by a large number and wide range of singers, instrumental bands, and jazz musicians. The Songbook comprises standards by George Gershwin, Cole Porter, and Irving Berlin, and also Jerome Kern, Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer, Richard Rodgers, and many others.
You will recognise many of the songs as they were very popular with well-known giants such as Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett, Judy Garland and many more.
Although the songs have never gone out of style among traditional and jazz singers and musicians, a renewed popular interest in the Great American Songbook beginning in the 1970s has led a growing number of rock and pop singers to take an interest and issue recordings of them.