John Alcorn

The Cole Porter Songbook

On Wednesday, September 5, we’re inaugurating our new Songbook Series at the Flying Beaver Pubaret with a celebration and exploration of the words and music of a 20th century legend – Cole Porter.

My pals, Canadian jazz lions Reg Schwager (guitar) and Steve Wallace (bass) will share the stage with me for this very special evening.

To celebrate the start of this unique series, Flying Beaver management – Maggie Cassella and Heather Mackenzie – have announced that there will be ***No Cover Charge*** for the evening. Yes, you read that correctly, ladies and gentlemen :)


Cole Porter (1891 – 1964) was an American composer and songwriter, noted for his sophisticated, suggestive lyrics, clever rhymes and complex forms.

Unlike most successful Broadway composers, Porter wrote both the lyrics and the music for his songs.

In 1928, at the age of 36, Porter had his first notable Broadway success with the musical Paris, commissioned by its star, Irène Bordoni. She had wanted Rodgers and Hart to write the songs, but they were unavailable, and Porter’s agent persuaded Bordoni’s impresario husband to hire Porter instead. The show included Porter’s first popular hit – Let’s Do It.

By the 1930s, he was one of the major songwriters for the Broadway musical stage.

He continued working through to the 1950s, writing for Broadway, Hollywood and TV, creating a mind-boggling catalogue of songs that reads like a Jazz or Cabaret artist’s dream list – What Is This Thing Called Love?, You Do Something to Me, Love for Sale, Night and Day, Anything Goes, I Get a Kick Out of You, You’re the Top, Begin the Beguine, Just One of Those Things, It’s De-Lovely, You’d Be So Easy to Love, I’ve Got You Under My Skin, In the Still of the Night, and many more.

6:30PM – Doors Open
7:30PM – Performance Begins

NO COVER CHARGE (September 5 only)
(Subsequent performances will be $10.00adv/$15.00door)
*Dinner reservations get priority seating*

Dinner available, before, during, and after the show.

  1. Fawn August 22, 2012 at 1:21 am

    Oooh, that’s going to be an amazing show! I looove Cole Porter and I love Reg Schwager! I just participated in a Cole Porter tribute concert way up here in Whitehorse. Have a fantastic show.

  2. John August 22, 2012 at 2:56 am

    Thanks, Fawn. Wow. Cole Porter in Whitehorse! I’ll bet he’d be thrilled :)

    • Fawn August 22, 2012 at 11:25 am

      Possibly… though I’ve heard it said that Cole Porter was quite particular about his tunes being played as he wrote them, so maybe “Love for Sale” with a funk groove and “Miss Otis Regrets” as a gospel tune wouldn’t have met with his warmest approval.

  3. John August 22, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    Heh – well, I’m pretty sure that Cole had a great sense of humour and an adventurous spirit…so, who knows? It sounds like you had a lot of fun, interpreting his writing!

  4. Fawn August 22, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    Yes, indeed! There were six of us with a hand in the show, so lots of fun quirky things, including banjos, glockenspiels, and musical saws. It was a very fun evening. I put clips of three tunes on my website ( if you care for a taste. :)


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