Let’s Face the Music

Learn the stories of the standards of the Great American Songbook – the jazz standards of the 20th Century that shaped contemporary music and often reflected the tumultuous social issues of the day.

Ryan Breegle

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“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”

Rescued from a trash can, only to be repeatedly rewritten, the story of ‘Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.’
Posted: Tue December 8, 2020
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“They Can’t Take That Away From Me”

From the tragic tale of a talent taken too soon to a dream of 1950’s desegregation, the story of George and Ira Gershwin’s ‘They Can’t Take That Away From Me.’
Posted: Tue November 24, 2020

“My Favorite Things”

Let’s Face The Music looks at the evolution of ‘My Favorite Things,’ from Broadway hit to avant-garde jazz single to film musical sensation.
Posted: Tue November 10, 2020

“Strange Fruit”

Let’s Face The Music looks at the writing, recording, and legacy of Billie Holiday’s anti-lynching anthem, ‘Strange Fruit.’
Posted: Tue October 27, 2020
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