Judy Kurtz & Ed Polcer | When Broadway Meets Swing Street

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When Broadway Meets Swing Street

by Judy Kurtz & Ed Polcer

Join Judy Kurtz and Ed Polcer on a musical stroll to that magical corner where Broadway meets Swing Street - The results are exciting, sometimes mellow, often unusual, and always friendly to the ear.
Genre: Jazz: Swing/Big Band
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  Song Share Time Download
1. I See Your Face Before Me
3:31 album only
2. Blue Skies
2:54 album only
3. I'm Just a Lucky So and So/Beautiful, Beautiful World
2:41 album only
4. Just One of Those Things
2:51 album only
5. I'll Be Seeing You
4:09 album only
6. I Can't Get Started With You
4:04 album only
7. I May Be Wrong
3:39 album only
8. Peter Pan Medley: I Won't Grow Up/I'm Flying/Never Never Land
3:07 album only
9. Almost Like Being in Love
4:54 album only
10. Darn That Dream
3:24 album only
11. Softly, As in a Morning Sunrise
3:47 album only
12. Ev'rything I've Got
3:18 album only
13. I Love Paris
5:49 album only
14. Two Sleepy People
3:28 album only
15. It Might As Well Be Spring
2:30 album only


Album Notes
It’s amazing how many American jazz standards originated in Broadway shows. Judy Kurtz and Ed Polcer bring together the two genres in swingin’ fashion! Among the virtuoso musicians performing on this album are Norman Simmons, Mark Shane, Ken Peplowski, John Allred, Joe Ascione, John Cocuzzi, Vince Giordano, and Frank Tate.

Audiences have enjoyed JUDY KURTZ's well-trained, uniquely personal and emotive voice on all types of stages. Big bands, small jazz combos, world-class pianists, professional theater companies, and vocal ensembles have all benefited from her love of swing, jazz, musical theater, cabaret, and classical music.

For several years, Judy was the regular vocalist at the world-famous Eddie Condon’s Nightclub in New York City. Other New York appearances included Lincoln Center, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Tarrytown Music Hall, and the historic Roseland Ballroom. Recently, she completed a 50-concert nationwide tour that presented two programs, “When Broadway Meets Swing Street” and “The Magic of Swing Street”. She performed at the 2007 Elkhart Jazz Festival in Indiana, and the New Jersey JazzFest.

Nationally, she has performed at such prestigious venues as the Denver Civic Center, the Arena Stage and the Andrew Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC, Eisenhower Hall (at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, NY), the Johnny Carson Theater in Norfolk, NE, and the Westchester County Center in White Plains, NY.

Currently the Director of the New Horizons Vocal Jazz Ensemble in Manhattan, Judy has recorded with the Ed Polcer Swingtet, Lance Hayward Singers, Westfair Chamber Swingers, as well as the Stan Rubin Swing Orchestra.

Judy has appeared in numerous theater productions, including the Bucks County circuit (Falmouth, Woodstock, Pocono, Bucks County Playhouses), the John Harms Center for the Performing Arts, the Yorktown Performing Arts Center, and Guild Hall in Easthampton. Some of her favorite roles include ‘Mrs. Brice’ in Funny Girl, ‘Golde’ in Fiddler on the Roof, ‘Fraulein Schneider’ in Cabaret, ‘Mother Superior’ in Nunsense, ‘Babe’ in The Pajama Game, ‘Ruth’ in Pirates of Penzance, and ‘Dorothy Brock’ in 42nd Street.

ED POLCER has become one of the most sought after performers on the jazz festival circuit. He has appeared in hundreds of concerts, festivals and jazz parties throughout the United States, Canada and Europe.

Ed joined Benny Goodman's Sextet for an American tour in 1973. An expert showman, Ed has led numerous concerts with varied themes, including his extensive U.S. tours for Columbia Artists. In 1992, '93 and '94, "A Night At Eddie Condon's", transported the audience back to the famous nightclub and gave a musical retrospective of American jazz over the last 100 years. Since 1996, Ed's "Magic of Swing Street" has offered classic jazz in its many forms as it was played on New York's fabled W. 52nd Street, including four appearances at New York's Lincoln Center. Ed's recent presentation, "When Broadway Meets Swing Street", merges show tunes with the world of swing. "Lionel, Red & Bunny" is a centennial celebration of legendary jazz musicians Lionel Hampton, Red Norvo and Bunny Berigan.

In 2004, he was honored to play for the official opening of the Louis Armstrong House museum, and became a member of the Statesmen of Jazz. President Clinton invited Ed to play for the 1994 Congressional Ball in the White House, and in 2001, Ed appeared in a command performance in Bangkok for the King of Thailand.

If you dropped in at Eddie Condon's club in New York City between 1975 and 1985, chances are good you ran across Ed. Besides being the resident cornetist and bandleader at that historic jazz spot, he was also the manager and co-owner. At Princeton University, he joined Stan Rubin's Tigertown Five, perhaps the best-known collegiate Dixieland group of the day. With that band he made several Carnegie Hall appearances and performed at the wedding of Prince Rainier and Grace Kelly in Monaco.

In the 1980's, Ed was honored to serve as President of the International Art of Jazz, as well as a member of the Advisory Panel of the Jazz Musicians Foundation of New York. Ed's biography has been included in the New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, the Encyclopedia of Jazz in the '70s and the Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz, both compiled by Leonard Feather and Ira Gitler, and Trumpet Kings by Scott Yanow. In Great Britain, Ed is listed in The Guinness Who's Who of Jazz, as well as Jazz, the Essential Companion and Jazz, the Rough Guide. Chip Deffaaa devoted a full chapter to Ed in Traditionalists and Revivalists in Jazz.



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