Peter Anderson, Will Anderson and Molly Ryan: The Andersons Play Cole Porter

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Peter Anderson, Will Anderson and Molly Ryan

The Andersons Play Cole Porter

59E59, NYC, August 4, 2017

Reviewed by Ron Forman for Cabaret Scenes

The Anderson Brothers

The first of the four-part Summit Songbook series created by the saxophone-playing Anderson Twins, Peter and Will, was dedicated to the songs of Cole Porter. The show nicely meshed the amazing musicianship of the Andersons on saxophones, clarinets, and flutes with the sparkling vocals of Molly Ryan, and a nice mix of videos of television shows, movies and even commercials using Porter songs. Interesting, informative, and entertaining biographical commentary was interspersed between numbers. Striking photos of Porter at various points of his life provided the background for each number. All of the above combined to produce a fast-paced, vastly entertaining 90-minute show.

Will Anderson mentioned that the opening number, “Begin the Beguine,” was chosen because its 108-measure length makes it arguably the longest popular song ever written. The number, as most of the instrumentals, featured excellent solos by the Andersons and Jeb Patton on piano, Clovis Nicolas on bass, and Phil Stewart on drums. “My Heart Belongs to Daddy” was followed by a string of videos including the “Anything Goes” opening number from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, and a delightful 1956 commercial with the words “It’s Delightful, It’s De-Lovely, It’s DeSoto.” Molly Ryan followed with “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” and “It’s De-Lovely.

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” A super-fast “In the Still of the Night” showed how many of Porter’s songs have become jazz classics. Patton dazzled with his solo number, “Love for Sale.” Ryan returned with “I Get a Kick Out of You” and an especially appealing “Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye.” The closing number, “Just One of Those Things,” like each of the dozen numbers preceding it, was one of the very best in the Porter catalogue.

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Ron Forman

Ron Forman has been a Mathematics Professor at Kingsborough Community College for 45 years. In that time, he has managed to branch out in many different areas. From 1977 to 1994 he was co-owner of Comics Unlimited, the third largest comic book distribution company in the USA. In 1999,after a lifetime of secretly wanting to do a radio program, he began his weekly Sweet Sounds program on WKRB 90.3 FM, dedicated to keeping the music of the Great American Songbook alive and accessible. This introduced him to the world of cabaret, which led to his position as a reviewer for Cabaret Scenes.