May 05, 2011

Jazz Love: Johnny Mercer

A couple of months ago the Wall Street Journal published a great article on Clint Eastwood and his first love, jazz.

His film Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil has a fantastic jazz soundtrack. Set in 1930's Savannah, and about a murder that happened on the estate next door to that of the jazz songwriter and legend Johnny Mercer, the soundtrack is filled with his marvelous tunes--including Eastwood himself singing the classic "Accentuate the Positive."  I can't speak to the film, which I've never seen, but I love the soundtrack.

Alas, the soundtrack is not on Youtube, so I can't share any of it with you.  But here are some classic clips of Johnny Mercer and some other celebrities:

And my very favorite Johnny Mercer song (and its best version, by, of course, dear dear Ella.)

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous12:25 PM

    the film is awful. spare yourself the associations that would ruin awesome songs.
    also the verification word is "fatind" which seems to cry for memorialization.