American Songbook Festival 2014

13 Jun-26 Jul,



Music Festivals,


 A celebration of America's golden age of music

The American Songbook Festival is set to celebrate the traditions and history of 20th century America, with timeless songs that have given hope during the Great Depression and have helped to bridge social divides.

The Songbook Continues (Fri, Jun 13) allows Jessica Aszodi and pianist Peter de Jager to reunite and showcase young American composers.

Cabaret artist and jazz royal Nichaud Fitzgibbon covers themes of obsession, loss and misdemeanour in the works of Cy Coleman, Bacharach, and Porter in Do You Know What Love Is (Sat, Jun 14)? 

Caroline Nin’s The Thing About Love (Jun 19-21) traces the theme of love through iconic American songs by Patti Smith, Lou Reed and Nina Simone. 

The Calloway Sisters present Sibling Revelry (Wed, Jun 25), a show combining broadway and cabaret that was originally performed in New York and has since travelled North America and Europe.

Broadway star Bryan Batt performs his biographical one-man-show Batt on a Hot Tin Roof (Jun 26-28), leading audiences through his upbringing in Louisiana and on to his role in award-winning TV series Mad Men

Bringing the art of a capella to the American Songbook Festival, The King’s Singers perform music by Cole Porter, Irving Berlin and Gershwin (Jul 3-4).

Nine-time Grammy award-winning artist Janis Siegel presents her first album in seven years, Night Songs: A Late-Night Interlude (Jul 3-5).

Highly sought-after Australian pianist Simon Tedeschi captures more of Gershwin’s works (Jul 11-12). With a talent able to cross between classical standards and jazz improvisation, Tedeschi has previously performed for world leaders such as George W. Bush and Nelson Mandela.

Jazz vocalist Freda Payne (Sat, Jul 12) presents the journey of Ella Fitzgerald’s life through the songs that positioned her as an American great. 

Amanda McBroom and Michele Brouman come together for Let’s Fall In Love (Fri, Jul 18), which weaves blues, ballads and torch songs.

Hetty Kate and her band explore the three influential songbook artists, June Christy, Julie London and Peggy Lee (Sat, Jul 19).

Grammy Award-winning singer and actress Peggy Lee is paid tribute to by Australian jazz interpreter Janet Seidel and her quartet in The Songs of Peggy Lee (Sat, Jul 26).

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By Stacey Main   |  

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Melbourne Recital Centre

31 Sturt St

Southbank 3006

Nearby Stations: Flinders St

Telephone 03 9699 3333

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