American Songbook at NJPAC Hosted by Michael Feinstein

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José James, Lillias White and Youth Ambassador Nick Ziobro

Michael Feinstein is joined by José James, Lillias White and Songbook Youth Ambassador Nick Ziobro at NJPAC for lively conversation and exciting renditions of “God Bless The Child”, “I Wanna Be Loved”, “Come Rain or Come Shine” and “For Once in My Life”.

AIRED: February 01, 2017 | 0:59:00
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>> ♪ For once I can say this is

mine ♪

>> Announcer: Coming up on this

episode of

"American Songbook at NJPAC

Hosted by Michael Feinstein"...

>> ♪ I can make it

>> Announcer: ...joining Michael

in song and stimulating

intercourse are...

>> ♪ My dear old Aunt Harriet

>> Announcer: ...the Tony and

Opie Award-winning singer and

actress, the inimitable

Lillias White.

>> ♪ In heaven she be

>> ♪ Your goodbye left me...

>> Announcer: A dynamic young

singer and the 2012

"Great American Songbook" youth

ambassador, Nick Ziobro.

>> ♪ How can I get along without

you? ♪

>> ♪ Money

>> Announcer: And a charismatic

vocalist who's been hailed as a

jazz singer for the hip-hop

generation, José James.

>> ♪ Hanging 'round your door

>> Announcer: The "American

Songbook at NJPAC" series is

presented in part through the

generous support of...

Support for this broadcast is

provided by the...

>> ♪ I'm with you rain

>> And now, from the New Jersey

Performing Arts Center in the

Victoria Theater, your host, the

ambassador of the Great American

Songbook, Michael Feinstein.

[ Applause ]

♪♪

>> ♪ Why should we care?

♪ Life is one long jubilee

♪ So long as I care for you

♪ And you care for me

[ Tempo picks up ]

♪ Enjoy yourself

♪ It's later than you think

♪ Enjoy yourself

♪ While you're still in the

pink ♪

♪ The years go by

as quickly as a wink ♪

♪ Enjoy yourself, enjoy

yourself ♪

♪ It's later than you think

♪♪

♪ Old man time

♪ He's so mean

♪ Meanest man

you've ever seen ♪

♪ He gives you youth

♪ Then he steals it away

♪ Takes your nice, pretty hair,

turns it gray ♪

♪ He makes you rich, makes you

poor ♪

♪ Oh, he's mean, that's for

sure ♪

♪ All your dreams and your

schemes ain't worth a dime ♪

♪ He gives you beauty, charm,

and grace ♪

♪ Then puts wrinkles on your

face ♪

♪ That old man, old man time

The orchestra!

♪♪

[ Applause ]

Tedd Firth.

[ Applause ]

♪ Old man time

♪ That buggaboo

♪ Every year, he changes you

♪ He bends your back, dims your

eyes, you see less ♪

♪ You quake and shake

♪ When he's through, you're a

mess ♪

♪ But there's one thing he can't

change ♪

♪ Love that's true stays the

same ♪

♪ It lives on and on and on in

every climb ♪

♪ So you don't ever have to

fret ♪

♪ Fall in love and you'll

forget ♪

♪ That old man, that old man

time ♪

♪ So have a good time every

day ♪

♪ You ain't never gonna get

away ♪

♪ From that old man, that old

man time ♪

♪ He's a dirty, old man

♪ That old man

ti-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-me ♪

[ Cheers and applause ]

♪♪

Good evening, people of

impeccable taste.

You know who you are.

Welcome to the

"American Songbook" series here

at NJPAC, New Jersey Performing

Arts Center.

My name is Michael Feinstein.

I am very honored to host this

incredible series.

This is very special to me

because this body of music is,

of course, very close to my

heart.

This particular show, this

episode, has a name.

The title of the show is called

"Lovers and Losers."

This is not an episode of

"Real Housewives of New Jersey,"

but we are going to explore

repertoire on those two

subjects.

And we have some incredible

people who are going to

illuminate those lyrics.

And also you're going to learn a

little bit more about these

illustrious talents.

So please help me to say hello

to our wonderful guests tonight,

Lillias White, José James, and

Mr. Nick Ziobro.

[ Applause ]

Good evening, ladies and

gentlemen.

>> Good evening.

>> Hello.

>> You sound wonderful.

>> Oh, thank you.

Thank you, thank you.

>> Wow. You can hold a note.

>> It's done with mirrors.

It's done with mirrors.

>> Ah.

>> You know, they do that on

Broadway, that they have --

It happened in

"Phantom of the Opera" where

some of the high notes that the

sopranos sang, they were on

tape.

>> Hmm.

>> You know, so they could be

assured of hitting them every

night.

But no, that's not what we do.

That's why we're here.

>> No, that's not what we do.

>> Because these songs, this

music is about interpreting from

the heart.

It's not about anything that's

candid, about anything that's

artificial.

And it's wonderful to have three

different varied points of view

to explore this music and beyond

everything that stems from it

because the American Songbook is

sort of the bedrock in some

ways, even though that came from

jazz and African-American

culture and a lot of other

things.

But it is sort of a bedrock for

so many other kinds of music,

contemporary music, that exists

today.

So before we go any further,

though, I would like to invoke

the use of this object right

here, which is a very important

part of our program.

This is called the bowl of

truth, and it has become rather

popular, I must say, because it

brings out unusual things from

our guests and also from me

because I don't know what any of

these questions are.

They're written by unknown,

wonderful, wise souls.

And so, José, I'm going to ask

you to pick one of these

questions and hand it to me.

Don't look at it, okay?

>> Drum roll.

>> This is the one.

>> Now, don't be nervous.

What advice would you give to

yourself 20 years ago?

>> 20 years ago, what would I

say?

I'd say, "You're on the right

path," you know?

Everyone who's saying right now,

"You can't do it," don't listen.

'Cause there were definitely a

lot of people who said, "Eh, I

don't think music's for you,"

which always surprises people.

But, you know, there's a lot of

resistance to the path of an

artist.

So I would say keep going.

Someday you're gonna be on a

couch in a suit with amazing

people at a place like this.

You know what I mean?

[ Applause ]

>> Well, it does absolutely take

belief in ourselves, and maybe

even more than the belief is the

courage to follow our intuition.

>> That's right.

There was a big turning point in

my life in 2006 where I entered

this jazz competition in London,

and I didn't make it to the

semifinals, and I was so broke.

I had about $50 to my name.

And that was the moment where I

was like, "Are you gonna give up

music or are you gonna continue

on?"

And I continued on.

And a month later, I got a

record deal.

>> Would you sing something for

us now?

>> Absolutely.

>> Ladies and gentlemen,

José James.

[ Applause ]

[ "They Say It's Wonderful"

plays ]

>> ♪ They say that falling in

love is wonderful ♪

♪ So wonderful

♪ So they say

♪ The thing that's known as

romance is wonderful ♪

♪ So wonderful

♪ So they tell me

♪ I can't recall who said it

♪ I know I never read it

♪ I only know they tell me that

love is grand ♪

♪ And

♪ To hold your girl in your arms

is wonderful ♪

♪ So wonderful

♪ In every way

♪ So they say

♪♪

♪ You leave your house one

morning ♪

♪ And without any warning

♪ You find yourself shouting

that love is grand ♪

♪ And

♪ If there's a moon up above

♪ It's wonderful

♪ Wonderful

♪ In every way

♪ So they

sa-a-a-a-a-a-a-y ♪

[ Applause ]

>> José James.

>> Beautiful.

>> [ Laughs ]

>> Wow.

>> Your music is so eclectic.

I just saw this incredible guy

in Barcelona.

We happened to be there at the

same time.

And José's show is one of the

most eclectic shows I've ever

seen because you cover the gamut

of all different music styles.

You really do.

What is it that goes through you

that allows you to do something

so diametrically different?

Do you have to put yourself in a

certain mindset?

>> I think it's about the

passion behind what we do.

I think the connecting force is

that we're performers, whether

it's for Broadway, whether it's

for a music show.

You know, it's the same kind of

spirit.

We want to uplift the song and

express ourselves.

So, for me, it's really about

trying to connect, you know, no

matter what the genre, the style

is.

I see the connecting tissues of,

you know, a Billie Holiday and a

Jill Scott or a Beyoncé.

I can hear the fibers, you know,

yeah.

And, you know, it's like

Quincy Jones said.

It's like if you have the jazz

bedrock, you can do anything.

>> Yes.

>> Yeah.

>> Lillias, I would like to

present you with the bowl of

truth and ask you to pick a --

and hand it to me.

Don't look. Don't look.

>> Oh, don't look. Okay.

>> Don't look, don't look.

What's the worst gift you've

ever received from a fan?

>> Wow.

>> I like that question.

>> Awww.

>> You don't have to name names.

>> Ohhh.

Um...

>> Does anything come to mind?

>> A doily.

>> A doily?

>> Yeah, somebody had crocheted

a doily, you know, that you put

on the back of a couch or on the

arm of a chair.

And I just had no use for it.

[ Laughter ]

'Cause at the time, my kids were

little, you know.

>> Right.

>> My son thought it was

something to ball up and throw

across the room, so...

[ Laughing ] I have to say that

that was...

>> Would you show us your

reaction when you got the --

Would you reenact your

expression when you got it?

>> "Oh, thank you.

You're so sweet to do this for

me.

Did you make this?

Oh, it's lovely.

Thank you so much.

You're very thoughtful.

Thank you."

>> Well, you know, George Burns

said that when you fake

sincerity in show business, you

know you've really made it.

>> Yes. [ Laughs ]

[ Laughter ]

>> Well, there is no faking in

your incredible performing, and

I'd love it if you would sing

something for us now.

Ladies and gentlemen,

Lillias White.

>> Thank you.

[ Applause ]

[ "I Wanna Be Loved" plays ]

>> ♪ I want to be loved with

inspiration ♪

♪ I want to be loved starting

tonight ♪

♪ Instead of merely holding

conversation ♪

♪ Hold me tight

♪ I want to be kissed until I

tingle ♪

♪ I want to be kissed starting

tonight ♪

♪ Embrace me till our heartbeats

intermingle ♪

♪ Wrong or right

♪ I feel like acting my age

♪ I'm past the stage of merely

turtledoving ♪

♪ I'm in no mood to resist

♪ And I insist that the world

owes me a loving ♪

♪ Baby, can't you see I want to

be thrilled to desperation ♪

♪ I want to be thrilled starting

tonight ♪

♪ With every kind of wonderful

sensation ♪

♪ I want to be loved

[ Scatting ]

♪ I feel like acting my age

♪ I'm past the stage of merely

turtledove, dove, dove,

turtledove, turtledoving ♪

♪ I'm in no mood to resist

♪ And I insist that the world

owes me a loving ♪

♪ Ahh, oh, ohhh,

oh, oh, oh, oh, ohhh ♪

♪ To desperation

♪ I want to be thrilled starting

tonight ♪

♪ With every kind of wonderful

sensation ♪

♪ I want to be loved

♪ Ahhhhhh

♪ I want to be

lo-o-o-o-o-o-ved ♪

[ Applause ]

Thank you.

>> Beautiful.

>> Thank you.

>> That was fantastic.

>> [ Laughs ]

>> I first heard that song,

"I Wanna Be Loved," I had a

little 45 as a kid, 45 RPM, an

EP, Dinah Washington singing

with strings.

>> Yes.

>> And on that 45 was

"I Wanna Be Loved."

I'd never heard the song before.

And she recorded, I think, a

couple different times.

>> Yes, she did.

>> This is the version that I

knew.

>> And I first heard it when I

did the show "Dinah Was."

>> Uh-huh.

>> And I said, "I love this

song."

>> The thing that I find

fascinating about that lyric

written by Edward Heyman is that

it is a very, very suggestive

lyric unlike many other songs of

that period.

Maybe Cole Porter was that

suggestive.

But this song is basically

saying, "I want to get to it in

a way that finds a way to

express something that you

cannot express" --

>> With words.

>> Yeah.

>> Yes.

Yeah.

That's why I like it.

And that's why I like a lot of

the songs from that period,

because they say, you know, what

the person wants to do without

saying, you know, "I want to

take off all your clothes and,

you know, and do that."

And I like that subtlety.

I love the way that those words

are expressed.

>> Well, I'd like to do a song

now that's from off Broadway

from the 1970s that is an

example of how it is an

expression of the musical style

of the time.

It's still a show tune, but it

is absolutely a song that was

written in the '70s, in that

period because it couldn't have

been written 40 years earlier.

And yet it still has a classic

feel to it.

It's by Gretchen Cryer and

Nancy Ford, and I'm gonna move

to the steaming-hot keyboard.

[ Applause ]

[ "Old Friend" plays ]

♪ Love is rare

♪ Life is strange

♪ Nothing lasts

♪ People change

♪ Every time

I've lost another lover ♪

♪ I call up my old friend

♪ And I say, "Let's get

together ♪

♪ I'm under the weather

♪ Another love has come to an

end" ♪

♪ And she listens as I tell her

my sad story ♪

♪ And wonders at my taste in

men ♪

♪ And we ponder why I do it

♪ And the pain of getting

through it ♪

♪ And she laughs and says,

"You'll do it again" ♪

♪ But we sit in a bar and talk

till 2:00 about life and love as

old friends do ♪

♪ And tell each other what we've

been through ♪

♪ Our love is rare

♪ Life is strange

♪ Nothing lasts

♪ People change

♪ And I ask her if her life is

ever lonely ♪

♪ And if she ever feels

despair ♪

♪ And she says she's learned to

love it ♪

♪ 'Cause that's really all part

of it ♪

♪ And it helps her feel the good

times when they're there ♪

♪ Yes, we sit in a bar and talk

till 2:00 about life and love as

old friends do ♪

♪ And tell each other what we've

been through ♪

♪ Our love is rare

♪ Life is strange

♪ Nothing lasts

♪ People change

♪ And we wonder if I live with

any lovers ♪

♪ Or spend my life alone

♪ And the bartender is dozing

♪ And it's getting time for

closing ♪

♪ So we figured that I'll go it

on my own ♪

♪ But we'll meet

♪ The year was '62

♪ And travel the world as old

friends do ♪

♪ And tell each other what we've

been through ♪

♪ Our love is rare

♪ Life is strange

♪ Nothing lasts

♪ People change

♪ Love is rare

♪ Life is strange

♪ Nothing lasts

♪ People change

♪ Old frie-e-e-e-e-nd

[ Applause ]

I think that our best hope of

seeing this treasured American

Songbook survive is by helping

to bring it to the next

generation of musicians and

singers.

And that's why I helped to form

an organization called the Great

American Songbook Foundation and

The Songbook Academy.

And I'm excited to introduce a

young gentleman who is a product

of the Songbook Academy.

We exist to not only preserve

artifacts from the canon of the

Songbook, physical artifacts,

but we have an annual Songbook

competition where one person

becomes our Songbook ambassador

for the year.

And this gentlemen whom you've

already been introduced to on

the couch is going to sing a

number for us now to prove that

the Songbook is alive and well

and will be for many years to

come.

Mr. Nick Ziobro.

[ Applause ]

I'll let you get to it.

[ "This Guy's in Love With You"

plays ]

>> ♪ You see this guy

♪ This guy's in love with you

♪ Yeah, I'm in love

who looks at you the way I do ♪

♪ When you smile, I can tell

we know each other very well ♪

♪ How can I show you

I'm glad I got to know you,

'cause ♪

♪ I heard some talk

♪ They say you think I'm fine

♪ Well, this guy's in love

♪ And what I'd do to make you

mine ♪

♪ Tell me now is it so

♪ Don't let me be the last to

know ♪

♪ My hands are shakin'

♪ Don't let my heart keep

breaking, 'cause ♪

♪ I need your love

♪ And I want your love

♪ Say you're in love

♪ In love with this guy

♪ If not, I'll just

die ♪

♪ Mm, mm, mm, mm-mm, mm-mm,

mm-mm, mm-mm, mmmm ♪

♪ Who looks at you the way I

do ♪

♪ When you smile, I can tell

we know each other very well ♪

♪ How can I show you

I'm so glad I got to know you,

'cause ♪

♪ I heard some talk

♪ They say you think I'm fine

♪ Well, this guy's in love

♪ And what I'd do to make you

mine ♪

♪ Tell me now is it so

♪ Don't let me be the last to

know ♪

♪ My hands are shakin'

♪ Please don't let my heart keep

breaking, 'cause ♪

♪ I need your love

♪ And I want your love

♪ Say you're in love

♪ In love with this guy

♪ If not, I'll just

die ♪

♪ I'm that guy

♪ Mm, mm, ooh, ooh, ooh,

oooooooh ♪

♪ Ooh-ooh, ooh, ooh

♪ Say you're in love

♪ In love with this guy

[ Applause ]

♪ If not, I'll just

die ♪

[ Cheers and applause ]

Thank you.

>> Beautiful.

>> Thank you.

>> Really great.

So, how old are you now, Nick?

>> I just turned 20 in July.

>> 'Cause I still think of you

as this little pischer.

>> Oh, right, right.

>> You were not little.

I think you were taller than me

when we met.

>> I think probably.

>> Yes.

So, are there any contemporary

performers whom you would liken

to the classic singers?

You mentioned songwriters.

But any particular performers

you see who you could compare

to Sinatra, Peggy Lee,

Rosemary Clooney?

>> I know someone who doesn't

remind me of someone exactly in

that style, but I think

Bruno Mars reminds me a lot of

James Brown.

>> Oh, yeah.

>> Yeah, and a lot of in that

style.

I think that there's a lot of

performers that kind of can

bring out kind of an older feel,

especially when he's up there

and he's dancing, and he's just

so soulful.

And I think he's also so humble,

too, which is so --

>> Just like James Brown?

>> Well, I guess not

James Brown.

[ Chuckles ]

But I think it's refreshing to

see somebody who is so grounded

and is such a superstar who

comes from a very humble

beginning and a humble

background and is still

constantly trying to pursue

music and create art, and I

think that's very admirable.

>> What are you gonna do for us

now?

>> This is a song by

Gerald Marks and Seymour Simons.

It's actually the first song

that I think you ever heard me

sing.

It's called "All of Me."

>> And it's what helped to make

you our Songbook ambassador with

the "Great American Songbook."

>> It is. It is.

It was a song I performed at the

Feinstein Competition back in

2012.

And it's a song that you've

asked me to sing for the last

four years everywhere we've

gone, and...

[ Laughter ]

...I'm doing it again here

tonight.

>> I just want to see if you

still do it well, so...

>> Well, I hope to deliver

tonight, so...

[ Laughs ]

>> No worries there.

Nick Ziobro, ladies and

gentlemen.

[ Applause ]

[ "All of Me" plays ]

>> ♪ You took my kisses and you

took my love ♪

♪ You taught me how to care

♪ Am I to be just remnant of a

one-sided love affair? ♪

♪ All you took I gladly gave

♪ There's nothing left for me to

save ♪

♪ All of me

♪ Why not take all of me?

[ Chuckles ]

♪ Can't you see I'm no good

without you ♪

♪ Take my lips

♪ I want to lose them

♪ Here, and take my arms

♪ I'll never use them

♪ Now, your goodbye left me with

eyes that cry ♪

♪ And how can I get along

without you? ♪

♪ You know you took the part

that once was my heart ♪

♪ So why not, why not take all

of me? ♪

Here we go!

♪♪

[ Scatting ]

♪ Your goodbye left me with

eyes, eyes that cry ♪

♪ And how can I, how can I get

along without you, baby? ♪

♪ 'Cause now that you're gone

and you took the part that used

to be my heart ♪

♪ So why not just take all of

me? ♪

♪ No, no, no

♪ So why not,

why not take all ♪

♪ No, come on, get all of me

♪ Yea-a-a-h

[ Cheers and applause ]

Thank you.

>> Thank you, Nick.

Fantastic.

>> Wow.

You know, that was one of the

first songs that I sang when I

started doing the nightclub

shows.

>> It was?

>> Yeah.

I was about your age.

>> Yeah.

Well, that was one of the

first -- It was kind of my first

taste of the Great American

Songbook.

When I was about 12 years old,

my piano teacher sat me down and

he said, "I want to show you how

to make some money in college."

[ Laughter ]

And he put this big fake book in

front of me full of standards,

and he would start to take me

out to different restaurants and

bars around Syracuse.

I was like 12, and I'd get up

and sing for a sandwich or

something, and I would always do

"All of Me," but yeah.

[ Laughter ]

>> Like Liza Minnelli said, she

was 3 years old and her father

taught her "Love for Sale."

I was like...

[ Laughter ]

♪ Appetizing young love for

sale ♪

I don't know if she got tips or

anything, but...

>> My daughter's 3, and she

loves "West Side Story."

>> Your daughter's 3?

It's funny 'cause I knew a

record producer who, when his

son was 3 years old, his

favorite thing was

"West Side Story."

So kids respond viscerally to

this music.

>> Absolutely.

>> A number of years ago, you

told me that Billie Holiday was

your spiritual mother.

>> Yes.

>> Talk about that.

>> Billie Holiday is my first

memory on planet Earth.

I was my daughter's age,

actually, 3 years old, and I was

at my mom's house going through

her vinyl, pulling out LPs,

looking at the record covers.

And then I pulled out, you know,

this Billie Holiday.

And I think the fact that it was

black and white, all the other

pictures were in color, and

she's looking away with the

flower in her hair like really

regal, I was like, "Wow, this is

interesting," and that image has

stuck with me my entire life.

I've been fascinated by her.

And she's the singer I go to

when I really want some answers.

You know, she always has, like,

the right thing to tell me.

>> That's a fascinating way to

put it.

>> Hmm.

>> Would you sing us something

connected with her, written by

her?

>> Love to. Written by her.

Yeah.

Let's do it.

>> José James.

[ Applause ]

[ "God Bless the Child" plays ]

>> ♪ Them that's got shall get

♪ Them that's not shall lose

♪ So the Bible says

♪ And it still is news

♪ Mama may have

♪ And Papa may have

♪ But God bless the child that's

got his own ♪

♪ Got his own, yes

♪ That's got his own

♪ Said the strong get more

♪ Meanwhile the weak ones fade

♪ And empty pockets don't ever

make the grade ♪

♪ Mama may have

♪ And Papa may have

♪ But God bless the child that's

got his own ♪

♪ That's got his own, yes

♪ Money

♪ You've got lots of friends

♪ Crowding 'round your door

♪ But when you're gone and all

that fancy spending ends ♪

♪ They don't come 'round

anymore ♪

♪ Rich relations give crust of

bread and such ♪

♪ You can help yourself

♪ But just don't take too much

♪ Mama may have

♪ And Papa may have

♪ But God bless the child that's

got his own, yes ♪

♪ That's got his own, yeah

♪♪

♪ Yeah, yes

♪ Money

♪ You've got lots of friends

♪ Hanging 'round your door

♪ And when you're gone and all

that spending ends ♪

♪ They don't come 'round

anymore ♪

♪ Rich relations give crust of

bread and such ♪

♪ You can help yourself

♪ But just don't take too much

♪ Mama may have

♪ And Papa may have

♪ But God bless the child that's

got his own ♪

♪ That's got his own

♪ That's got his own

♪ That's got his own, yes

♪ That's got his own

♪ Got his own

♪ That's got his own

♪ That's got his own

[ Applause ]

Thank you so much.

>> Great, José.

Lillias, you are the present-day

incarnation of so many classic

singers, and you're taking it to

a new level and you're doing

extraordinary things by keeping

this music alive and pushing the

envelope.

I know you've celebrated

Dinah Washington.

One of my favorites is

Ethel Waters.

Do you know much of Ethel's

oeuvre, as they say?

>> I know a few of her songs.

I really love her rendition of

"Stormy Weather."

>> She introduced it, yeah.

>> Yes.

I love what she does with that.

But there is one of her songs

that was written by

Hoagy Carmichael, and it just...

When I first heard it, it struck

a chord in me, and it just made

me feel like this is how I want

to be when I'm really an old

lady.

I want to have comforts around

me.

I want to have a rocking chair.

I want to have little kids that

I say, "Go get me this.

Go fetch me that.

And bring my slippers.

And, you know, go walk the dog."

You know, like my mother used to

do when she got old.

My mother used to say, "Go do

this."

She'd sit in a wheelchair and

she'd do that.

So, you know, it just -- it gave

me a sense of comfort, a sense

of peace, and a sense of reality

that if we're lucky, we will all

get to a point where we're old

enough to sit in a rocking chair

and do this to somebody.

[ Laughter ]

>> Well, I think that's a

perfect cue for you to sing that

song, if you would.

>> Okay.

>> Ladies and gentlemen,

Lillias White.

>> Thank you.

[ Applause ]

[ "Rockin' Chair" plays ]

♪ Old rockin' chair's got me

♪ Cane by my side

♪ Fetch me that gin, son

♪ 'Fore I tan your hide

♪ Can't get from this cabin

♪ Going nowhere

♪ Just sit me here grabbin'

♪ At the flies 'round this

rockin' chair ♪

♪ My dear old Aunt Harriet

♪ In heaven she be

♪ Send me a sweet chariot

♪ For the end of these troubles

I see ♪

♪ Old rockin' chair gets it

♪ Judgment Day is here

♪ I'm chained to my rockin'

chair ♪

♪♪

Tedd Firth.

Tedd Firth.

[ Applause ]

♪ My dear old Aunt Harriet

♪ Way up in heaven she be

♪ Send me a sweet chariot

♪ For the end of these troubles

I see ♪

♪ Ohh, ohhh, ohhh, oh

♪ Old rockin' chair gets it

♪ Judgment Day is here

♪ I'm chained to my rockin'

chair ♪

♪ I'm chained, chained to my

rockin' cha-a-a-a-ir ♪

♪ Mm-hmm

[ Applause ]

Thank you.

Thank you.

And you and you and you.

>> I love it, I love it, I love

it.

>> That was incredible.

>> Thank you.

>> You know, I never liked that

song until just now?

>> Really?

[ Laughter ]

>> I heard, you know,

Louis Armstrong and

Jack Teagarden, and I was like,

man, I would always skip that

one.

>> Not anymore.

>> Not anymore.

I mean, yeah.

>> May we sing a song together?

>> Shall we?

>> This Arlen/Mercer classic?

>> Let's do it.

>> Yay.

>> Señor?

[ Applause ]

[ "Come Rain or Shine" plays ]

>> ♪ I'm gonna love you like

nobody's loved you come rain or

come shine ♪

♪ High as a mountain, deep as a

river come rain or come shine ♪

>> ♪ I guess when you met me,

it was just one of those

things ♪

♪ But don't ever bet me 'cause

I'm gonna be true if you let

me ♪

>> ♪ You're gonna love me like

nobody's loved me come rain or

come shine ♪

>> ♪ Happy together, unhappy

together, and won't it be

fine? ♪

>> ♪ Days may be cloudy or

sunny ♪

♪ We're in or we're out of

money ♪

♪ But I'm with you always

♪ I'm with you rain or shine

♪♪

♪ Come rain or come shine

♪ Come rain or come shine

♪ I guess when you met me

>> ♪ It was just one of those

things ♪

>> ♪ But don't ever bet me

'cause I'm gonna be true ♪

>> ♪ I'm gonna be true

>> ♪ Yes, I'm gonna be true

>> ♪ If you let me

♪ You're gonna love me like

nobody's loved me come rain or

come shine ♪

♪ Happy together, unhappy

together, and won't it be

fine? ♪

♪ Days may be cloudy or sunny

♪ We're in or we're out of the

money ♪

>> ♪ But I'm with you always

♪ I'm with you rain or shine

>> ♪ I'm with you always

♪ I'm with you rain or shine

>> ♪ I'm with you always

>> ♪ I'm with you always

>> ♪ I'm with you rain

or come shi-i-i-i-i-i-ne ♪

[ Applause ]

>> [ Laughs ]

The wonderful José James.

>> Thank you.

>> I'm going to finish this

program tonight with a song of

domesticity and contentment by

Ron Miller and

Orlando Murden Jr. that has been

sung by many people through the

years, and I wanted to sing it

because I truly hope that you

have in your personal lives the

domesticity that is expressed in

these words.

And we invite you to continue

watching our "American Songbook"

show because there's a lot of

music and a lot of great talent

that we are looking forward to

sharing with you.

So we thank you so very much.

[ Applause ]

[ "For Once in My Life" plays ]

♪ For once in my life,

I have someone who needs me ♪

♪ Someone I've needed so long

♪ For once, unafraid I can go

where life leads me ♪

♪ Somehow I know I'll be

strong ♪

♪ For once I can touch what my

heart used to dream of ♪

♪ Long before I knew

♪ Someone warm like you

could make my dreams come true ♪

♪ For once in my life

I won't let sorrow hurt me ♪

♪ Not like it's hurt me before

♪ For once I have something

I know won't desert me ♪

♪ I'm not alone anymore

♪ For once I can say this is

mine, you can't take it ♪

♪ Long as I know I have love,

I can make it ♪

♪ For once in my life

I have someone who needs me ♪

♪♪

♪ For once I can say this is

mine, you can't take it ♪

♪ Long as I know I have love,

I can make it ♪

♪ For once in my life I have

someone ♪

♪ For once in my life,

I've got someone ♪

♪ For once in my life,

I have someone

who nee-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-ds

me-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e ♪

[ Cheers and applause ]

Ladies and gentlemen, I'd like

to thank our incredible cast,

José James, Lillias White,

Nick Ziobro.

And to these wonderful people,

be sure to keep watching our

"Songbook" series here at NJPAC.

We love you.

Good night, everybody.

♪♪

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Songbook at NJPAC" series is

presented in part through the

generous support of...

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