I spent my Saturday afternoon with my friend Patti, at the Bob Carr P.A.C. in downtown Orlando.
We were there to see the matinee performance of My Funny Valentine, a concert featuring Michael Andrew and Swingerhead, backed by the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra.
They played for almost two hours, including an intermission.
The orchestra went solo for the first song, “Cuban Overture,” by Gershwin. Then Andrew and his band took the stage for several romantic songs by the likes of Johnny Mercer and Cole Porter.
Andrew also performed a trio of songs from the musical he co-wrote, based on the Jerry Lewis movie, The Nutty Professor. He performed the songs in character, and he sounded just like Lewis.
After the intermission, Andrew returned to the standards catalog for more love songs by the likes of Dean Martin and Carmichael/Parish. He closed the show with a medley of Marvin Hamlisch tunes.
I have to single out Swingerhead band member Bobby Brennan for his bass solo. I’m a fan of the upright bass, to begin with, but he got seriously funky during his solo.
It was a lovely concert and I’d like to thank the Orlando Philharmonic for inviting us to see it.
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