The Great Un-American Songbook by Ed Palermo

Over the last 25 years or so, pop songs have entered the Jazz world with abundance as a younger generation of musicians seeks out new music with which to arrange and perform. While the so-called American songbook featuring standards that have stood the proverbial “test of time” is still played with gusto at the educational level, the age of the music being reconsidered has shifted from the thirties and forties to the eighties and nineties. While original compositions abound for the current generation of arrangers, the challenges of re-thinking a standard like Cole Porter’s “Night and Day” don’t necessarily have the appeal of say, “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” by Tears For Fears. Genera

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