Here is the set list from the recent JaLaLa dates at The Egg in Albany and Birdland in New York City. Everything marked with a trefoil (♣) can be found on our CD, That Old Mercer Magic.
Crazy People – an old Boswell Sisters favorite
Spring, Spring, Spring - ♣
You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby – with guest Lew Soloff on trumpet at Birdland
Jeepers Creepers – Janis, solo, ♣
Have You Got Any Castles, Baby? – Laurel, solo, ♣
Riding on the Moon – Lauren, solo, with Lew sitting in, ♣
Honeymoon Suite – our thoughts on marriage, arranged by Tex Arnold
Moon River / Moon Country – Laurel solo on Moon RIver, ♣
Accentuate the Positive – another Mercer gem, ♣
Move Over Sunshine – one of Lauren's original tunes
Killer Queen – betcha didn't see THAT coming! By Queen, arranged by Tex Arnold
Bach Minuet from 1st Cello Suite – Laurel, accapella solo
My Ship – Janis, solo (at Birdland, Midnight Sun)
Avalon – another Lauren Kinhan original
It's Sand, Man – Lambert, Hendricks and Ross with surprise guest Jon Hendricks at Birdland
Encore: Dream – Johnny Mercer has the last word, and the last notes.♣
Our wonderful band was Yaron Gershovsky on piano (long-time music director of Manhattan Transfer, Yaron supplied all the instrumental arrangements except for those of Honeymoon Suite and Killer Queen), Steve LaSpina on bass, and Deric Dickens on drums. Here we all are at Birdland, getting ourselves organized to do a final bow (thanks, Rachel Freedman, for the photo).
You can see that we are getting a standing ovation, which I will say out loud felt very very good indeed! Thanks to everyone at both venues who made it easy and fun for us.