John Alcorn

The Irving Berlin Songbook

The enthusiastic response to our first two Songbook nights has thrilled and humbled us. We’re sending out a big “Thank You!” to the amazing audience members who’ve been filling the room with their positive energy.

Now, we’re preparing for the third performance of the Songbook Series on Wednesday, September 19, at the Flying Beaver Pubaret with a celebration and exploration of the words and music of another 20th century music legend – Irving Berlin.

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


Irving Berlin (1888 – 1989) was an American composer and lyricist, widely considered one of the greatest songwriters in American history.

He published his first song, “Marie from Sunny Italy”, in 1907 and had his first major international hit, “Alexander’s Ragtime Band”, in 1911.

He wrote an estimated 1,500 songs during his 60-year career, many becoming major hits, which made him “a legend” before he turned thirty.

He also composed scores for 19 Broadway shows and 18 Hollywood films, with his songs nominated eight times for Academy Awards.

Composer George Gershwin called him “the greatest songwriter that has ever lived” and composer Jerome Kern concluded, “Irving Berlin has no place in American music – he is American music.”

His extensive song list includes such classics as Cheek To Cheek, Heat Wave, How deep Is The Ocean, I Got The Sun In The Morning, I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm, Let’s Face The Music And Dance, Puttin’ On The Ritz, Anything You Can Do, Blue Skies, Change Partners, There’s No Business Like Show Business, They Say It’s Wonderful, Top Hat White Tie And Tails, White Christmas – and literally hundreds more.

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

$10.00 adv/$15.00 door
*Dinner reservations get priority seating*

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


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