What the World Needs Now: The Music of Burt Bacharach
New orchestral arrangements by Peter Johnson of songs made famous by Dionne Warwick (“Walk On By”), Gene Pitney (“The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance), BJ Thomas (”Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head”), Herb Alpert (“This Guy’s In Love With You”), Perry Como (“Magic Moments”), The Beatles (“Baby It’s You”), Jackie DeShannon (“What the World Needs Now”), Aretha Franklin (“I Say a Little Prayer”), Cilla Black (Alfie), Diana Krall (“The Look of Love”), The Fifth Dimension (“One Less Bell To Answer”) and many, many others, beautifully rendered by
Debbie Duncan * Gevonee Ford * Jennifer Grimm
Members of the Gene Pitney Orchestra and
A Prairie Home Companion’s “Guy’s All-Star Shoe Band”
Dan Chouinard, Piano, Conductor
Pete Johnson, Drums
Gary Raynor, Bass
Gary Rue, Guitar
Community Musicians (if available)
1 Reed (T Sax/Flute/Clarinet)
1 Percussionist (Tympani/Bells/Rhythm)
Multi-award winning vocalist Debbie Duncan was raised in Detroit by parents steeped in jazz, and was surrounded by the vibrant sound of Motown and gospel music. The combination of these influences has given her the ability to blur the lines between musical genres, and to sing with a rare level of emotional conviction that draws the audience into the heart of a song. She can move from a whisper to a fever pitch in the breath of a phrase and testify in a way that commands the listeners rapt attention. Ms. Duncan’s musical joy ranges from jazz standards by great American composers (Gershwin, Mercer, Porter) to obscure bluesy sounds (Oscar Brown, Jr.) to popular music (Carol King, Lennon/McCartney). Always, the treatment is Debbie’s alone.
The Minneapolis Tribune raves: “…she energizes the ordinary and puts her stamp on everything she does.”
Gevonee Fordis a dynamic vocalist, actor and consummate entertainer. His soulful voice and vibrant presence are products of his gospel background and jazz fusion influences. He has shared his gift of song across the country and the world with artists such as Natalie Cole, Michael McDonald, Tower of Power and The Temptations and has performed at notable venues throughout the Twin Cities as well as premiere locations in New York, California, the Caribbean Islands and Hong Kong. Gevonee’s artistic versatility was hailed by the Minneapolis Star Tribune as effortless and “seamless.” In addition to Mr. Ford’s artistic achievements, he is a nationally acclaimed educator, receiving numerous awards and accolades for his work in the field of family literacy. He is the Founder and Executive Director of the Minnesota-based organization Network for the Development of Children of African Descent. Gevonee’s work on behalf of children and families has been featured on Oprah!. And in 2012 he was named a White House Champion of Change.
Jennifer Grimm is an absolutely fabulous Twin Cities-based vocalist and actor. Her long list of credits include Johnny Mercer Songbook Series at the Ordway; Latté Da’s Steerage Song at the Fitzgerald Theater; performing in New York City at Carnegie Hall (and at other venues with shining press in The Village Voice); opening up for Oleta Adams at the St. Vincent Blues Festival; sharing performance events with Huey Lewis and The News, Michael Buble, and Martina McBride; starring in the Ordway's production of My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra; and singing as a featured artist on many albums including Gene Adams' Jazz Anthology, Power of 10, The Minnesota Boychoir, Century Big Band, New York's Jonathan Rayson, Theater Latte Da, Gourmet Jazz and LA's Holly Long.
“…possessed with the vocal instrument of a sultry jazz diva from the 1940s, Grimm has a smokin' cabaret swinger feel for her material, then adds a dollop of innocence to complete the package.”.~Carol Swanson
PLAY SITE-WIDE TRACK (BELOW LEFT) TO HEAR BACHARACH HITS BITS!
The number of hits is astounding. We've added only the titles being sung, bet you recognize every one...