Gershwin Live!

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Gershwin Live!
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RecordedFebruary 1–2, 1982
Venue Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles [1]
Genre Vocal jazz
Label Columbia
Producer Steven Epstein
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Gershwin Live! is a 1982 live album by Sarah Vaughan, of music composed by George Gershwin, accompanied by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas. The album was arranged by Marty Paich.


Vaughan's performance won her the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Female at the Grammy Awards of 1983. [4]

Track listing

  1. Overture: Porgy and Bess Medley: "Summertime"/"It Ain't Necessarily So" (George Gershwin, DuBose Heyward, Ira Gershwin)/"I Loves You, Porgy" (G. Gershwin, I. Gershwin, D. Heyward) – 7:52
  2. Medley: "But Not for Me"/"Our Love Is Here to Stay"/"Embraceable You"/"Someone To Watch Over Me" – 9:39
  3. "Sweet and Low Down" – 3:36
  4. "Fascinating Rhythm" – 4:04
  5. "Do It Again" (Buddy DeSylva, G. Gershwin) – 5:29
  6. "My Man's Gone Now" (G. Gershwin, I. Gershwin, Heyward) – 5:51
  7. "The Man I Love" – 10:03
  8. Medley: "Nice Work If You Can Get It"/"They Can't Take That Away from Me"/"'S Wonderful"/"Swanee"/"Strike Up the Band" – 6:56
  9. Encore: "I've Got a Crush on You"/"A Foggy Day" –– 7:35

All songs composed by George Gershwin, with lyrics by Ira Gershwin, unless otherwise noted.



  1. Ted Gioia (3 July 2012). The Jazz Standards: A Guide to the Repertoire. Oxford University Press. pp. 114–. ISBN   978-0-19-976915-5 . Retrieved 2 June 2013.
  2. Allmusic review
  3. Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 199. ISBN   0-394-72643-X.
  4. Grammy Award search engine Archived October 2, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  5. Segal, Lewis (February 3, 1982). "Thomas, Vaughan at the Pavillion". Los Angeles Times. pt. VI, pg. 5. Retrieved June 19, 2022.

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