Alexis Gershwin, niece of legendary songwriters George and Ira Gershwin will celebrate her new album release with a special one night only performance at Los Angeles iconic Catalina Bar & Grill on Wednesday January 15, 2013. The album, a retrospective of Alexis’ recordings of the Gershwin music she has performed throughout her career, includes the timeless gems we all love such as,
“Summertime”, “I’ve Got A Crush On You”, “S’Wonderful” and “Our Love Is Here To Stay” plus another nine favorites.
Born into musical royalty, Alexis’ uncles George and Ira, were the reigning princes of American Musical Theater leaving a treasure trove of magnificent compositions that have been recorded, performed and enjoyed by music greats and music lovers around the world.
A celebrated performer in her own right and a lifelong ambassador to the House of Gershwin, Alexis now carries family’s legendary musical torch compellingly interpreting her uncles’ signature melding of melody and lyrics, being the only Gershwin to record the Gershwin catalog.
Former Billboard magazine editor Paul Grein says about her, “Alexis manages to bring something fresh and new to her uncles’ music, she sings with charm and a jazz singer’s penchant for the idiosyncratic phrasing, and actresses flair for the dramatic and a comedienne’s comic sensibility, no small feat for songs that have been recorded hundreds of times.”
Joining Alexis on the stage will be musical director Steven Applegate, and musicians; Steve Rawlins on piano, Rusty Higgins, saxophone, Kirck Smith, bass, Bob Leatherbarrow, drums and vocalists Kara Shaw, Sarah Brandon and Will North.
Growing up in Connecticut, surrounded by beautiful music, and famous musicians, Alexis says, “I was singing my uncles’ music before I could even talk”. Her mother Frances Gershwin was a talented painter and dancer, and her father, Leopold Godwosky , a prominent violinist who was also the inventor of Kodak Colorfilm.