Alexis Gershwin has a sweet speaking voice. Hearing her talk, one thinks, “Boy, I’ll bet she can sing.”
Niece of the iconic songwriting brothers George and Ira Gershwin, Alexis Gerswhin is determined to “bring back good music, help save what we have, and let young people realize what beautiful music can sound like.” She wants to share music that embodies “romance, sincerity and feelings…this music comes straight from my soul and my heart.”
Gershwin loves her uncles’ entire songbook, but her special favorite is “Someone to Watch Over Me” because “it speaks to that vulnerability we all have, but can’t always express.”
Always a performer, she studied ballet, acting and musical performance in school. “But singing comes naturally. It is like breathing for me,” she says.
Growing up within the Gershwin family allowed her to see her uncles as people. She would cajole her Uncle Ira to play tennis. “He played so well. He wasn’t competitive at all. It was more about keeping the volley alive. He got rhythm,” she explained.
Alexis Gershwin uses all her training and experience to bring a fresh interpretation to these timeless favorites.
“Gershwin Sings Gershwin,” will be presented one night only, Tuesday, March 22nd, 8:30pm (doors open at 7pm), at Catalina Bar & Grill located at 6725 W. Sunset Boulevard (just east of North Highland Avenue) in Hollywood. Alexis Gershwin will be backed by The Gershwin Singers and a Four-Piece Band. Admission is $20 plus dinner or a two-drink minimum per person. For reservations call (323) 466-2210 or visit CatalinaJazzClub.com. Valet parking is available. CDs of Alexis Gershwin will be available at the concert.
This press release originally appeared in the Tolucan Times on March 17th, 2016.