WRITTEN AND PHOTOGRAPHED BY BRENT THOMPSON
THE SOUNDS OF GERSHWIN, PORTER, CARMICHAEL, AND MERCER. A VOCALIST ACCOMPANIED BY A 22-PIECE ORCHESTRA. EIGHTEEN MONTHS OF REHEARSAL TIME. SIMPLY PUT, MARLOWE SHEPHERD AND THE ABRAHAM BECKER ORCHESTRA’S UPCOMING PERFORMANCE AT THE LYRIC THEATRE WILL BE AN EVENT, NOT A SHOW. ON THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, VOCALIST SHEPHERD AND UPRIGHT BASSIST/ARRANGER BECKER WILL BRING THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK TO THE LIVE STAGE. RECENTLY, WE SAT DOWN WITH THE TWO BIRMINGHAM-BASED ARTISTS TO DISCUSS FRANK SINATRA, SONGS, AND A NIGHT TO REMEMBER
Marlowe and Abraham, thanks for your time. What are a couple of key things you want people to know about the Lyric performance as the show date nears?
Marlowe Shepherd: There’s a string section. Most bands that are 12 to 14 pieces don’t have strings. If you listen to songs from the Sinatra add cool and smooth – they have a smoothing effect across the horns. There are great 12 to 14-piece swing bands that do a lot of great charts, but they can’t do… [read more…]