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Cinema Serenade: Louise Howlett & Albert Combrink – Knysna 10 October 2014

Performance SOLD OUT Cinema Serenade Louise Howlett (Soprano) and Albert Combrink (Piano) Cinema Serenade celebrates the world of the silver screen, through some of the greatest arias, jazz standards and ballads ever written… From A Room with a View to James Bond to Moulin Rouge, Louise & Albert will seamlessly move you across the styles […]

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Performance SOLD OUT

Cinema Serenade

Louise Howlett (Soprano) and Albert Combrink (Piano)

Cinema Serenade celebrates the world of the silver screen, through some of the greatest arias, jazz standards and ballads ever written…

From A Room with a View to James Bond to Moulin Rouge, Louise & Albert will seamlessly move you across the styles of Puccini, Bizet, Rogers and Hammerstein, Hoagy Carmichael, John Barry and more. This programme has become the trademark of these two multi-talented performers providing something for everyone.

Louise studied opera at the Royal College of Music in London and made her Cape Town debut with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra at its millennium concert at Kirstenbosch. Albert finished his classical piano studies in Natal and has since become one of the most widely used vocal accompanists and coaches in Cape Town. Alongside this he is a founder member of the CT Tango Ensemble and in 2006 joined forces with Louise to explore their passion for Jazz, Broadway and more, creating their own unique brand of Across the styles productions. This has taken them throughout the country from Concert Halls to Blues Festivals, culminating in their 2010 CD “Night Sessions”.

Performances take place from 19h00-20h15 in the Golden Arrow Studio at the Baxter Theatre complex from 2 – 16 June. Saturday matinees start at 15h00. Bookings through Computicket.

Read Review by Clifford Graham in the Monday Missile HERE.

“It’s a well conceived and staged performance. Louise Howlett is a consummate singer and performer. Her inflection through the songs conveying not just the right emotion, but with voice soaring in all the right places and softer, sympathetic tones well placed, I feel at home with her performance. Combrink too gets his chance to shine (no pun intended) with some beautifully played interludes.

This review was also published on ARTSLINK.

Read Biz Lounge News Review by Jordan Scott in Bizcommunity HERE.

“Louise Howett (the lady with a voice like an angel) and Albert Combrink (the pianist with magic fingers) make the perfect duo.”

Read WhatsoninCapeTown Review by Kelly-Eve Koopman HERE.

– I thoroughly enjoyed Howlett and Combrink’s move to highlight the nuanced emotion that songs provide in cinema.

– Her range and skill and her easy, pleasant interpretation of the music was aurally opulent.

– Howlett and Combrink soared through jazz from the 1940s and 50s with excellent arrangements and superb skill.

– a programme that continued to show off Howlett’s range and versatility and Combrink’s impressive technique.

 

For more information contact Louise on 084 682 1337, email: singing-lady@hotmail.com or visit: www.louisehowlett.co.za

Albert Combrink interviewed Louise Howlett about Cinema Serenade. READ HERE/

Original Poster design: Bryn van Wyk

Photos: “April in Paris” – Louise Howlett & Albert Combrink at Baxter Theater 30 April 2014

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Night Sessions for Moonlight Mass: Louise Howlett & Albert Combrink 16.3.14

Louise Howlett and Albert Combrink will be performing some Night Sessions down at the Church on Greenmarket Square this Sunday 16 March from 9.30 to 10.30pm, so come along and experience this great new concert venue and enjoy a Heavenly cup of coffee and cupcake at the Heaven coffee shop. Cyclists are welcome to park […]

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Louise Howlett and Albert Combrink will be performing some Night Sessions down at the Church on Greenmarket Square this Sunday 16 March from 9.30 to 10.30pm, so come along and experience this great new concert venue and enjoy a Heavenly cup of coffee and cupcake at the Heaven coffee shop. Cyclists are welcome to park their bikes at the church. For more information contact me Louise on 084 682 1337. Free entrance, so spread the word!

Find MAP HERE.

Find Louise Howlett on Facebook HERE.

 

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Opera in a Convent Garden 2014 – Springfield Convent School, 2 Feb 2014, 5.30 pm

Opera in a Convent Garden – 2 Feb 2014 Opera in a Convent Garden – A picnic-programme of light classics, from Opera, Musicals and Jazz Featuring: Goitsemang Lehobye – Soprano Louise Howlett – Soprano Khanyiso Gwenxane – Tenor Ifriky Tadadjeu – Tenor Riaan Hunter – Baritone Stellenbosch University Camerata Musical Direction: Albert Combrink Read CV’s […]

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Opera in a Convent Garden – 2 Feb 2014

Opera in a Convent Garden –
A picnic-programme of light classics, from Opera, Musicals and Jazz

Featuring:
Goitsemang Lehobye – Soprano
Louise Howlett – Soprano
Khanyiso Gwenxane – Tenor
Ifriky Tadadjeu – Tenor
Riaan Hunter – Baritone
Stellenbosch University Camerata

Musical Direction: Albert Combrink

Read CV’s of the performers HERE

Where:
Springfield Convent School, St. John’s Road, Wynberg, Cape Town

Date:
SUNDAY 2 February 2014

Time:
17h30 – 19h30 (Picnic Gates open at 15h30)

Prices:
Tickets at R120 for Adults, R20 for Children over 10 years

Bookings:
021 797 9637 extension 200 (school hours) or 079 653 3497 or better still at operainaconventgarden@mweb.co.za


Food and Refreshments:  Pack a Picnic or order your own.
Pre-ordered picnics at 082 781 1708 by 28 January

Safe and Secure Parking provided

Opera in a Convent Garden takes place on Sunday, 2nd February 2014 at Springfield Convent in Wynberg.   The Rotary Club of Kromboom, Springfield Convent School and the Past Pupils’ Union (PPU) invite you to join in a celebration of The Voice.

Over the past ten years Opera in a Convent Garden has featured some of Cape Town’s finest young singers who have gone on to make their name universal.  Pretty Yende immediately comes to mind.  This year our young stars are Goitsemang Lehobye, Riaan Hunter, Louise Howlett, Khanyiso Gwenxane and Ifriki Tadadjeu –  all poised on the brink of major careers. (Read their CV’s here).  Goitsemang Lehobye won the Mimi Coertse  as well the Schock Singing Competitions and her career has taken her as far as Finland where she sang in the Helsinki Mayoral New Year’s Ball in 2013. Riaan Hunter is well-known for his success in pop music and opera, starring as Don Giovanni at Artscape last year, and also winning the Schock Singing Competition. Ifriky Tadadjeu is a singing Space Technology PhD student who performs regularly in Cape Town. Khanyiso Gwenxane has already performed on London’s West End and takes major roles in opera productions in Cape Town . Louise Howlett is a Cape Town favourite hailing from the Royal College of Music in London, having performed in the top Jazz and Classical venues and concert series in the country.

Orchestral accompaniment will be by the Stellenbosch Camerata, led by Suzanne Martens, featuring some of the Peninsula’s finest musicians, including cellist Peter Martens.  Musical Director Albert Combrink also presents the programme. Come and enjoy a varied musical programme of popular opera arias and songs from the musicals to warm the heart.

To the sounds of the Springfield Marimba Band, more than one thousand people will relax and enjoy a picnic in the late afternoon.  The popular Opera Café provides a selection of wines and bubbly as well as other delicacies, while the Children’s Corner offers entertainment by a magician, face painting, a bubble machine and other attractions to keep them happy.

Parking marshals will assist with parking and the Springfield girls will lead you down to the lawns. For those who need it, a golf cart will also be available.

All proceeds from the event will be equally shared with charities such as Habitat for Humanity, “Where Rainbows Meet” a Kromboom Rotary Project, and the PPU Bursary Fund.

Find out more about the Artists:

 Goitsemang Lehobye – Grabbing opportunities with both hands

Khanyiso Gwenxane – From Khayelitsha to the World Stage

Ifriky Tadadjeu Sokeng – Singing: It’s not Rocket Science, you know

Louise Howlett – Breaking the Rules

Riaan Hunter – Cross-over Baritone

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DETAILS

Bookings:  021 7979637 (ext 200) during school hours.

OR 0796533497 at any time OR operainaconventgarden@mweb.co.za

Tickets:  Adults R120, Scholars R40, Children under 10 are free

Time and Date:  Sunday 2 Feb 2014, 17.30 Gates open at 15.30

Photos: Lady Sings the Blues – Alexander Bar Oct 2013

“Lady Sings the Blues” at the Alexander Bar – Famous Women of Jazz & Blues Louise Howlett (Vocals), Albert Combrink (Piano), Graham Strickland (Bass) Thurs 24 October 2013, 8 pm BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND (All the June & July 2013 Shows were Sold Out)   ____   ____   ____   ____   ___ ___ […]

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“Lady Sings the Blues” at the Alexander Bar – Famous Women of Jazz & Blues

Louise Howlett (Vocals), Albert Combrink (Piano), Graham Strickland (Bass)

Thurs 24 October 2013, 8 pm

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND (All the June & July 2013 Shows were Sold Out)

 

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Information: 021 300 1652 / info@alexanderbar.co.za

Enjoy some old school standards as this Trio of well-known musicians celebrate the songs of the legendary women of Blues & Jazz: from golden era performers like Ella Fitzgerald, Billy Holiday, Nina Simone and Sarah Vaughan, to modern songbrids Eva Cassidy, Norah Jones & Adelle. These women have all shared their stories, uniting women around the world as they sang their “Blues in the Night”

Alexander Bar, 76 Strand Street , Cape Town CBD
MAP AND DIRECTIONS

Booking:BOOK ONLINE

ALEXANDER BAR ON FACEBOOK HERE
TWITTER : @alexanderbarct     /     @albertcombrink

Louise Howlett’s Website HERE

“Lady Sings the Blues” at the Alexander Bar – Famous Women of Jazz & Blues, 24 October 2013 BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND

“Lady Sings the Blues” at the Alexander Bar – Famous Women of Jazz & Blues Louise Howlett (Vocals), Albert Combrink (Piano), Graham Strickland (Bass) Thurs 24 October 2013 8 – pm BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND (All the June & July 2013 Shows were Sold Out) Tickets: R80 (Book HERE) Information: 021 300 1652 / info@alexanderbar.co.za […]

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“Lady Sings the Blues” at the Alexander Bar – Famous Women of Jazz & Blues

Louise Howlett (Vocals), Albert Combrink (Piano), Graham Strickland (Bass)

Thurs 24 October 2013

8 – pm

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND (All the June & July 2013 Shows were Sold Out)

Tickets: R80 (Book HERE)
Information: 021 300 1652 / info@alexanderbar.co.za

Enjoy some old school standards as this Trio of well-known musicians celebrate the songs of the legendary women of Blues & Jazz: from golden era performers like Ella Fitzgerald, Billy Holiday, Nina Simone and Sarah Vaughan, to modern songbrids Eva Cassidy, Norah Jones & Adelle. These women have all shared their stories, uniting women around the world as they sang their “Blues in the Night”

Alexander Bar, 76 Strand Street , Cape Town CBD
MAP AND DIRECTIONS
VENUE PHOTOS

Booking:BOOK ONLINE

ALEXANDER BAR ON FACEBOOK HERE
TWITTER : @alexanderbarct     /     @albertcombrink

Louise Howlett’s Website HERE

VIEW PHOTOS OF THE JUNE PERFORMANCES HERE.

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Read and listen to more of what’s on the playlist

Black Coffee (Burke & Webster)

Manhã de Carnaval (A day in the life of A fool (Bonfa/Maria)

Willow, weep for me (Ronell)

Love for Sale (Porter)

Loverman, oh where can he be (Ramirez, Sherman, Davis)

Summertime (Gershwin)
‘Round Midnight (Thelonius Monk)

Albert Combrink, Louise Howlett, Charles Lazar perform at Alexander Bar and Café, Cape Town

Albert Combrink, Louise Howlett, Charles Lazar perform at Alexander Bar and Café, Cape Town, June 2013

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Albert Combrink, Louise Howlett,

LOUISE HOWLETT CV

Louise Howlett, originally from England, studied at the Royal College of Music in London with Margaret Cable where she featured in a number of competitions and masterclasses. As a member of the National Youth Music Theatre, Louise toured to the Bergen Festival and Edinburgh Main and Fringe Festivals, as well as performing in the award winning production of The Ragged Child at the Sadlers Wells Theatre, London. She performed in television productions of both The Ragged Child and the opera of The Tailor of Gloucester.

 

Louise came to South Africa in 1993 to work as Organiser for the National Chamber Orchestra in the North West Province and soon decided to make South Africa her home. She sang on many occasions with the NCO including a number of corporate functions in Sun City and Johannesburg. She also performed in a number of Oratoria including the Nelson Mass by Haydn, The Messiah by Handel, Vivaldi’s Gloria, and was involved in choral training workshops and master classes.

 

In March 1999 she moved to Cape Town where she is now based. Her Cape Town debut took place with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra at their Kirstenbosch Millennium Concert, but her love of jazz and the musicals led her to create her own unique combination of classical, broadway and jazz “Across the Styles” singing projects which she regularly performs with pianist Albert Combrink. Performances include such varied events as the Kirstenbosch Classical Chamber Music Series and Big Blues Festival with sold out shows at the Baxter Theatre and the Greyton Rose Festival.

 

Future plans include further performances at the Baxter Theatre and for the Endler Concert Series. They have also released their first CD “Night Sessions”, generously filled with timeless gems, recorded and produced by Duncan Mackay at Down South Recording.

 

A keen promoter of classical music in Cape Town, Louise is the General Manager of the Cape Town Concert Series, and is a regular presenter on Fine Music Radio. Her programme “For the Love of Opera” features all the latest news and reviews of opera around the world today.

 

Alexander Bar & Café: Photo Albert Combrink

ALBERT COMBRINK CV

Albert is a Freelance Pianist working in a variety of genres: classical pianist, instrumental accompanist, musicals, Opera and Jazz. Since graduating with a Master’s Degree in Classical Piano Perfromance and completing Licentiates in Accompaniment, Teaching and Performing, he has distinguished himself in various fields, both locally and abroad. Performances at the Leipzig Gewandhaus and Singapore are recent highlights. His operatic interests took him to the UCT Opera School, Cape Town Opera and the Isango Partabello company which won a London Critics’ Award for Mozart’s “Magic Flute”. He has performed regularly on television, for Kyknet, Ontbytsake, SABC 3′s Expresso. He appeared on SABC 3′s Top Billing accompanying the international cross-over Superstar Catherine Jenkins and local celebrity Diva Lynelle Kenned. He was Music Director of the 2012 ”Dance for a Cure”, which raises awareness and funds for Cervical Cancer Inoculations. He is co-author of 3 Arts & Culture Textbooks which have sold over 100 000 copies. His many CD projects have garnered acclaim, including a SAMA Nomination as Best Instrumental Album and a review in the International Gramophone magazine. His discs include, 3 with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, 2 with the Cape Town Tango Ensemble, as well as a Piano/Vocal Album with songbird Louise Howlett.

Albert Combrink, Louise Howlett, Charles Lazar perform at Alexander Bar and Café, Cape Town

View the Original poster below – Please note new date and Guest Artist

 

 

Darling Voorkamerfest 2013 Presents: “Moonlight Serenade” with Louise Howlett & Albert Combrink

  Louise Howlett (Soprano) & Albert Combrink (Pianist & Musical Director) present “Moonlight Serenade” Well known soprano Louise Howlett and pianist/presenter Albert Combrink present journey of love, lost and found in the night. Moonlight Serenade features favourite songs of the night from opera, classical and musicals genres. Titles include Dvorak’s ‘Song to the Moon’, Villa-Lobos’ “Bachianas […]

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Louise Howlett (Soprano) & Albert Combrink (Pianist & Musical Director)
present “Moonlight Serenade”

Well known soprano Louise Howlett and pianist/presenter Albert Combrink present journey of love, lost and found in the night. Moonlight Serenade features favourite songs of the night from opera, classical and musicals genres. Titles include Dvorak’s ‘Song to the Moon’, Villa-Lobos’ “Bachianas Brasileiras #5”, Lloyd Webber’s ‘Music of the Night’ and Howard’s ‘Fly me to the Moon’ and many more, including tracks from their CD Night Sessions. The duo have built up a reputation for bridging the gap between classical music and popular audiences, and in their programmes, Schoenberg and Sondheim stand side by side.

Read an interview with Cape Argus Journalist Robyn Cohen HERE.

Louise Howlett & Albert Combrink

Louise Howlett & Albert Combrink

Visit the VoorkamerFest Website HERE.

Find the VoorkamerFest on Facebook HERE

View the line-up of artists at this year’s festival HERE.

Ticket Prices:
Friday 6th R 195 18H00
Saturday 7th R 225 12H00 & 17H00
Sunday 8th R 225 12H00

bookings@voorkamerfest-darling.co.za / 082 321 7542

Black Coffee (Burke/Webster): Louise Howlett, Charles Lazar, Albert Combrink

“Black Coffee” (Sonny Burke & Paul Francis Webster): Louise Howlett (vocals), Albert Combrink (Piano), Charles Lazar (Double Bass) Recorded Live at Alexander Bar, Cape Town Read more about Louise Howlett HERE: http://www.louisehowlett.com Read more about Albert Combrink HERE: http://www.albertcombrink.com Buy their CD “Night Sessions” HERE: https://www.cdbaby.com/cd/combrinkhowlett Follow Albert on Twitter: @albertcombrink Read more about the […]

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“Black Coffee” (Sonny Burke & Paul Francis Webster): Louise Howlett (vocals), Albert Combrink (Piano), Charles Lazar (Double Bass)

Recorded Live at Alexander Bar, Cape Town

Read more about Louise Howlett HERE:
http://www.louisehowlett.com

Read more about Albert Combrink HERE:
http://www.albertcombrink.com

Buy their CD “Night Sessions” HERE:
https://www.cdbaby.com/cd/combrinkhowlett

Follow Albert on Twitter:
@albertcombrink

Read more about the original show HERE:
http://www.albertcombrink.com/2013/05/08/lady-sings-the-blues-at-the-alexander-bar-famous-women-of-jazz-blues/

Read more about this song HERE:
http://www.albertcombrink.com/2010/09/16/black-coffee/

Visit Alexander Bar’s Website:
http://alexanderbar.co.za/shows-upstairs/

Find Alexander Bar on Twitter:
@AlexanderBarCT

Poster Design: Bryn van Wyk (bryn@brynvanwyk.com)

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Charles Lazar

 

Download Free Sheet Music of “Black Coffee” (Sonny Burke & Paul Francis Webster):

Black Coffee Sheet Music

 

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Louise Howlett & Albert Combrink

Manhã de Carnaval: Louise Howlett, Albert Combrink, Charles Lazar @Alexander Bar

Manhã de Carnaval (A day in the life of A fool (Bonfa/Maria) Louise Howlett (vocals), Albert Combrink (Piano), Charles Lazar (Double Bass) Recorded Live at Alexander Bar, Cape Town Read more about Louise Howlett HERE: http://www.louisehowlett.com Read more about Albert Combrink HERE: http://www.albertcombrink.com Buy their CD “Night Sessions” HERE: https://www.cdbaby.com/cd/combrinkhowlett Follow Albert on Twitter: @albertcombrink […]

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Manhã de Carnaval (A day in the life of A fool (Bonfa/Maria) Louise Howlett (vocals), Albert Combrink (Piano), Charles Lazar (Double Bass)

Recorded Live at Alexander Bar, Cape Town

Read more about Louise Howlett HERE:
http://www.louisehowlett.com

Read more about Albert Combrink HERE:
http://www.albertcombrink.com

Buy their CD “Night Sessions” HERE:
https://www.cdbaby.com/cd/combrinkhowlett

Follow Albert on Twitter:
@albertcombrink

Read more about the original show HERE:
http://www.albertcombrink.com/2013/05/08/lady-sings-the-blues-at-the-alexander-bar-famous-women-of-jazz-blues/

Visit Alexander Bar’s Website:
http://alexanderbar.co.za/shows-upstairs/

Find Alexander Bar on Twitter:
@AlexanderBarCT

Poster Design: Bryn van Wyk (bryn@brynvanwyk.com)

More about “A Day In The Life Of A Fool” (“Manhã de Carnaval“)

Manhã de Carnaval” (“Morning of Carnival”), is the title of the most popular song by Brazilian composer Luiz Bonfá and lyricist Antônio Maria.

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Manhã de Carnaval appeared as a principal theme in the 1959 Portuguese-language film Orfeu Negro (Black Orpheus) by French director Marcel Camus, with a soundtrack that also included a number of memorable songs by Antônio Carlos Jobim and Vinícius de Moraes, as well as another composition by Bonfá (Samba de Orfeu). Manhã de Carnaval appears in multiple scenes in the film, including versions sung or hummed by both the principal characters (Orfeu and Euridice), as well as an instrumental version, so that the song has been described as the “main” musical theme of the film.In the portion of the film in which the song is sung by the character Orfeu, portrayed by Breno Mello, the song was dubbed by Agostinho dos Santos. The song was initially rejected for inclusion in the film by Camus, but Bonfá was able to convince the director that the music for Manhã de Carnaval was superior to the song Bonfá composed as a replacement. Orfeu Negro was an international success (nominated, for example, for an Academy Award in 1960), and brought the song to a large audience.

Manhã de Carnaval became one of the first compositions identified with Bossa Nova to gain popularity outside Brazil.Particularly in the United States, the song is considered to be one of the most important Brazilian Jazz/Bossa songs that helped establish the Bossa Nova movement in the late 1950s. Manhã de Carnaval has become a jazz standard in the USA, while it is still performed regularly by a wide variety of musicians around the world in its vocalized version or just as an instrumental one. In the United States, the song is also known as “A Day in the Life of a Fool”, “Carnival”, “Theme from Black Orpheus”, or simply “Black Orpheus”. In France, the song is also known as “La Chanson d’Orphée”. The song is also known by the Spanish title “Mañana de Carnaval”. All versions of foreign texts were written by lyricists other than Antônio Maria, using Bonfá’s original music.

More about the composer Luis Bonfá

Luiz Floriano Bonfá (often seen as Luis Bonfá) (October 17, 1922 – January 12, 2001) was a Brazilian guitarist and composer. He was best known for the compositions he penned for the film Black Orpheus. As a composer and performer, Bonfá was at heart an exponent of the bold, lyrical, lushly orchestrated, and emotionally charged Samba-canção style that predated the arrival of João Gilberto’s more refined and subdued Bossa Nova style.

The Samba-canção is, in its most common acceptance or interpretation, the denomination for a kind of Brazilian popular songs with some sort of samba rhythm. It appeared after the World War II, at the end of 1940s, and practically disappeared in the middle of 1960s when majority of composers began to present their songs without category denomination. The name is somewhat arbitrary, adopted by the music industry, that is, publishers and record companies, and some composers. Like many popular songs of the world, Samba-canção (plural ‘sambas-canções’)’s principal theme is the love relationship, typically moaning for a lost love. Tempo is moderate or a little slower. The denomination suggests that the song is more sophisticated, less earthy, than ordinary samba songs.

Louise Howlett & Charles Lazar

Louise Howlett & Charles Lazar

Lyrics of “A Day In The Life Of A Fool” (“Manhã de Carnaval“)

Too many versions of this song exist to attempt to be definitive or even complete, but here follows a widely sung version:

A day in the life of a fool, a sad and a long lonely day
I walk the avenue, and hope I’ll run into
The welcome sight of you, coming my way
I stop just across from your door, but you’re never home any more
So back to my room, and there in the gloom
I cry tears of good bye
That’s the way it will be every day in the life of fool

Find the Perry Como Lyrics of the song Manhã de Carnaval HERE.

Albert Combrink

Albert Combrink

Download Free Sheet Music of  “A Day In The Life Of A Fool” (“Manhã de Carnaval“)

Black Orpheus (Manha de Carnaval) Sheet Music

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Willow Weep For Me: Louise Howlett, Albert Combrink, Charles Lazar @Alexander Bar LIVE

“Willow Weep For Me” (Ann Ronell): Louise Howlett (vocals), Albert Combrink (Piano), Charles Lazar (Double Bass) Recorded Live at Alexander Bar, Cape Town Read more about Louise Howlett HERE: http://www.louisehowlett.com Read more about Albert Combrink HERE: http://www.albertcombrink.com Buy their CD “Night Sessions” HERE: https://www.cdbaby.com/cd/combrinkhowlett Follow Albert on Twitter: @albertcombrink Read more about the original show […]

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Louise Howlett, Charles Lazar

“Willow Weep For Me” (Ann Ronell): Louise Howlett (vocals), Albert Combrink (Piano), Charles Lazar (Double Bass)

Recorded Live at Alexander Bar, Cape Town

Read more about Louise Howlett HERE:
http://www.louisehowlett.com

Read more about Albert Combrink HERE:
http://www.albertcombrink.com

Buy their CD “Night Sessions” HERE:
https://www.cdbaby.com/cd/combrinkhowlett

Follow Albert on Twitter:
@albertcombrink

Read more about the original show HERE:
http://www.albertcombrink.com/2013/05/08/lady-sings-the-blues-at-the-alexander-bar-famous-women-of-jazz-blues/

Visit Alexander Bar’s Website:
http://alexanderbar.co.za/shows-upstairs/

Find Alexander Bar on Twitter:
@AlexanderBarCT

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More about the song “Willow Weep For Me” (Ann Ronell)

Willow Weep for Me” is a popular song composed in 1932 by Ann Ronell, who also wrote the lyrics. The song form is AABA and it is written in 4/4 time. It is mostly known as a jazz standard, having been recorded first by Ted Fio Rito (with vocal by Muzzy Marcellino) in October 1932 and by Paul Whiteman (with vocal by Irene Taylor) the following month. Both were hits in December 1932. It was a Top 40 hit for the British duo Chad & Jeremy in 1964; the song was released on their Yesterday’s Gone album and reached No. 15 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 1 on the Adult Contemporary chart.[3]

One account of the inspiration for the song is that, during her time at Radcliffe College, Ronell “had been struck by the loveliness of the willow trees on campus, and this simple observation became the subject of an intricate song”.

The song was not initially accepted by publishers, for several reasons. First, the song is dedicated to George Gershwin; a dedication to another writer was disapproved of at the time, so the first person presented with the song for publication, Saul Bornstein (who was worried that it was just too complicated to be popular), passed it to Irving Berlin, who chose to accept it. Other reasons stated for its slow acceptance are that it was written by a woman and that its construction was unusually complex for a composition that was targeted at a commercial audience (i.e. radio broadcast, record sales and sheet music sales).  Ronell was romantically involved with George Gershwin at the time she wrote her most famous song, “Willow Weep for Me” and speculation in the New York City composer community is that Gershwin actually wrote the song and gave her the copyright as a gift. However, this has never been proven and is still, at this point, based on the striking similarities in the song to the blues-inflected style of Gershwin.

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Tin Pan Alley pianist and composer Ann Rosenblatt, better known as Ann Ronell (1908-1993)

More about Ann Ronell

Ann Rosenblatt, known as Ann Ronell (December 28, 1906 or 1908—December 25, 1993) was an American composer and lyricist best known for the jazz standard “Willow Weep for Me” (1932).

Ronell was born in Omaha, Nebraska, studied music with Walter Piston, and was married to producer Lester Cowan. The couple had no children.

Ronell was, along with Dorothy Fields, Dana Suesse, and Kay Swift, one of the first successful Hollywood and Tin Pan Alley female composers or librettists. She co-wrote Disney’s first hit song, “Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?” with Frank Churchill for the cartoon Three Little Pigs (1933).

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She wrote the lyrics and music for the Broadway musical Count Me In (1942) She wrote songs for movies including Champagne Waltz (1937) and Blockade (1938) and wrote the scores for movies including the Cowan produced The Story of G. I. Joe (1945), the film adaptation of the Weill/Nash musical One Touch of Venus (1948), and the Marx Brothers Love Happy (1949). She served as musical director for Main Street to Broadway (1953). She was nominated for Best Song, “Linda,” and with co-composer Louis Applebaum for Best Score, for her work on The Story of G. I. Joe.

Download Free Sheet Music of “Willow Weep for Me” (Ann Ronell):

Willow Weep For Me

Louise Howlett & Charles Lazar

Louise Howlett & Charles Lazar

Albert Combrink

“Willow Weep For Me” (Ann Ronell) Full Lyrics:

Willow weep for me
Willow weep for me
Bend your branches down along the ground and cover me
Listen to my plea
Hear me willow and weep for me

Gone my lovely dreams
Lovely summer dreams
Gone and left me here
To weep my tears along the stream
Sad as I can be
Hear me willow and weep for me

Whisper to the wind and say thay love has sinned
To leave my heart a sign
And crying alone
Murmur to the night
Hide her starry light
So none will find me sighing
Crying all alone

Weeping willow tree
Weep in sympathy
Bend your branches down along the ground and cover me
Listen to me plea
Hear me willow and weep for me