Sunday Serendipity

This is just an extra special performance on the piano by Yuja Wang of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue.

It was fun watching her play the piano and her range going from quiet delicate key strokes to times when I was sure she was going to breakout in a Jelly Roll Morton style rag.

Enjoy, Jack


12 thoughts on “Sunday Serendipity”

  1. as the old ad goes: “you’ve come a long way baby” since renoir’s day. a blue dress then and now ain’t the same either.


    Posterazzi PDX57272LARGE Woman at The Piano 1876 Pierre-Auguste Renoir Poster Print, 24 x 36, Multicolor

  2. thanks, jack.  wonderful fun watching the individual musicians do their thing as well as watching ms wang. everyone seemed to have their chance to sparkle — including the sequins on her gown

  3. and a happy happy to george gershwin, the birthday boy today

    as well as st. francis of assissi and t.s. eliot and beto o’rourke among others.

    now that’s quite an eclectic crew, but all artists in their own spheres.     

  4. Donald Trump could be charged with multiple crimes over his attempts to overturn his loss in the state of Georgia, report says (

    The report by the Brookings Institution, a leading think tank in Washington DC, analyzes publicly available evidence that shows that Trump and his allies attempted to pressure Georgia officials to “change the lawful outcome of the election.”
    A key piece of evidence is the now-infamous call made by Trump on January 3 to Georgia’s Republican Secretary of State, Brad Raffensperger. He told him to “find 11,780 votes” to overturn Biden’s win.
    The report adds that Trump publicly pressured and personally contacted several other officials in Georgia to ask them to help him overturn his loss in the state.
    It includes Governor Brian Kemp and Attorney General Chris Carr, who Trump reportedly placed direct calls to in December to urge them to go along with “his increasingly desperate plans to decertify his loss.”
    “We conclude that Trump’s post-election conduct in Georgia leaves him at substantial risk of possible state charges predicated on multiple crimes,” the report said.
    “These charges potentially include criminal solicitation to commit election fraud; intentional interference with performance of election duties; conspiracy to commit election fraud; criminal solicitation; and state RICO violations.”
    The report added that criminal liability could extend to some Trump allies, including his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani.

  5. aside from above GA and the NY criminal cases, more legal problems in store for the former guy according to former guy’s former lawyer

    Michael Cohen told MSNBC’s Alex Witt it’s all about one thing: the depositions.

  6. more about the thread selection

    Gershwin’s Rhapsody In Blue – the story behind a hastily composed masterpiece – Classic FM

    Late at night on 3 January 1924, George Gershwin, his brother Ira and lyricist Buddy DeSylva were having a game in the Ambassador Billiard Parlor at 52nd Street on Broadway, when an item in the amusement section of the New York Tribune caught Ira’s attention. It was about a concert of new American music to be given by Paul Whiteman and his Palais Royal Band at Aeolian Hall on 12 February – Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. 
    “George Gershwin is at work on a jazz concerto,” ran the article, “Irving Berlin is writing a syncopated tone poem…”
    It was all news to George. His musical comedy, Sweet Little Devil, was set to open in just three weeks. And now he had to write a concerto by 12 February as well?
    While he was on the train to Boston for rehearsals of his musical, Gershwin sketched out a framework for the new piece, which he began writing on 7 January. Over the next few days, while he also made last-minute changes to ready Sweet Little Devil for its New York opening on 24 January, the genius completed a two-piano score.
    What Gershwin produced was not a “jazz concerto” but a rhapsodic work for “piano and jazz band” incorporating elements of European symphonic music and American jazz with his inimitable melodic gift and keyboard facility.
    Gershwin’s original title for it was American Rhapsody. But, by chance, Ira had been to an exhibition of Whistler’s paintings and saw the painter’s Nocturne In Blue And Green of the Thames at Chelsea. Why not call the new piece Rhapsody In Blue instead, he suggested. The title would reflect the European and American influences. Also at Ira’s suggestion, George contrasted the syncopated character that dominates the tune with an expressive romantic theme the composer had previously improvised at a party.

  7. Thank you Jack.  Love Gershwin and this is one of his all time great works.

    Every time I hear it, It reminds me of the Alfred Newman’s “Street Scene” written for How To Marry A Millionaire as an introduction to Cinemascope when first introduced in theaters.

    Then Silk Stockings had to make fun of the whole idea.




  8. I’ve been eating a late breakfast  while watching the video for probably the 5th time in the last 2 day trying to figure out why I enjoy this performance so much. First  there is great camera work, not just on the star but also it catches the  enthusiasm of the other musicians. Second, as any good jazz musician would do, she grabs the music and makes it her own. And the rest of the band is determined not to be out done thus the enthusiasm.
    And it is a great piece of music. As I remember this piece is very much a collaboration, the signature intro came about as the musicians were playing around, gershwin decided to incorporate the clarinetist’s interesting improv into the piece. So I guess one part of genius is to recognize it in others and steal it.

  9. If it is possible to OD on music, this weekend is really pushing the limits with the Global Citizens Concert for 24 hours and The Tony Awards happening tonight.  In honor of the Tonys, this site has posted 35 of what they consider the best numbers from the long history of great shows.  One of my favorites featured, the remarkable dancing of Michael Jeter from Grand Hotel, but there are lots more.

    35 Best Tony Awards Performances from Broadway Shows (



  10. Great stuff Jack. George was a force – musta come by it honestly since it certainly ran in the family. Spent the morning watching F1 in Russia, digging holes and planting a couple of maples, humping a new mattress upstairs, smoking a chicken and cooking lunch for Mrs. P. 

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