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It’s been said that getting through the day without hearing one Johnny Mercer song is almost impossible—and why would you want to?  Georgia’s own Johnny Mercer wrote the lyrics to over 1,400 songs, including four Academy Award-winners.  From the light-hearted “You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby” and “Jeepers Creepers” to the cinematic “Hooray for Hollywood” and the timeless “Moon River,” Mercer wrote words and music for an American century.  Hard-bop trumpeter and vocalist Joe Gransden and beloved blues, jazz, and gospel singer Francine Reed join the Georgia State University Jazz Band’s tribute to Mercer’s incomparable legacy, as they perform a selection of his many hits and new arrangements of some of his unpublished works.

“A song is born in excitement, has a robust life climbing the popularity charts and traveling to the ends of the earth and then, like rare old wine, brings back nothing but sweet memories.” – Johnny Mercer

This concert is made possible by generous support from The Johnny Mercer Foundation and the Georgia State University Library.

Free (validated) parking is available for this Rialto Series event at the 100 Peachtree Parking Garage. 


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