The first song I ever performed competitively was “Summertime” by George Gershwin from the opera Porgy and Bess.  I was playing the song on trumpet and had never (yes, never) heard the song performed before.  Needless to say, I had no idea what I was playing, what time signature I was in, or how to even approach a song like that, so when the adjudicators came back with a mediocre score, I felt like I’d been hijacked.  What kind of a trumpet tutor has his student play something like Summertime?

Well… now I feel a little better about the whole incident.  In fact I feel a little proud that my teacher would think enough of a 5th grader (yes, 5th grade) that he would give that 5th grader one of the most important operatic / jazz tunes of the 20th century to play for his first time out.  I’m not going to pretend I was all that good… I just think that my teacher thought I might “get it,” which is very cool.

This version came about for a number of reasons.  First, recording other people’s songs is a great way to get ready for writing your own, and I’m all geared up for FAWM.  Second, I’ve been listening to a ton of Sam Cooke over the last few days and his version has stuck with me.  Finally, this actually started out as me trying to play “Oops, I Did It Again” which then became Summertime and then “Fever.”  Perfect medley for the Dan Band.

I’ll probably revisit the vocal, but I need to get used to putting stuff out as quickly as possible.  So here it is: Summertime.


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1 Response to Summertime

  1. Greg Veen says:

    Awesome! Nice work.

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