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					                                               2009
                                        Calendar of Events


For an updated listing of events, visit www.johnnymercercentennial.com
Please check venue websites for updated information. Dates are subject to change.

January – December 2009
Mercer at the Library
Presented by Live Oak Public Libraries
At various library branches throughout Savannah
Rush in to one of the many local library branches for a year full of reading, learning and fun,
highlighting Savannah's Huckleberry Friend.
www.liveoakpl.org

January 24 and January 25
Johnny Mercer Recitals
Presented by the Savannah Music Teachers Association
Tea Time 4:00 - 6:00 Saturday and Sunday, Sunday Lunch 12:00 – 2:00
Lobby, Mulberry Inn       601 Bay Street
Savannah Music Teachers Association, teacher members and students will be performing
music of Mercer to help commemorate his centennial. We have introduced his music to our
students so they will know about Johnny Mercer and will recognize his significant contribution to
the music of our time and what an asset he was to our city.
Event Cost: There will be no charge for the teatime; the Mulberry provides beverages for their
guest. If guests wish to partake of the Mulberry Inn lunch charge is $19.95 plus tax, grat., etc.
Nelesnotes88@aol.com 897-9570

January 27, 2009
MORGAN SILLS SINGS THE JOHNNY MERCER SONGBOOK
The Metropolitan Room
34 West 22nd St Betw. 5th & 6th Ave.
New York, NY 10010
Tel: 212 206 0440 - reservations recommended
Fax: 212 206 0433
Tuesdays in January (Jan 6, 13, 20 & 27) at 7:00 pm
$20 cover/2 beverage minimum
$15 for MAC, AEA, SAG, AFTRA, SSDC
Running time: approximately 65 minutes
visit www.morgansills.com
www.metropolitanroom.com



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January 29
Savannah Music Festival Benefit Concert
Presented by Savannah Music Festival
At the Lucas Theatre, 32 Abercorn St., Savannah
 2009 Benefit Concert features Wynton Marsalis & the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra,
sponsored by Local 11 Ten restaurant in Savannah. Marsalis and the JLCO will perform
“Nursery Song Swing”, “Music of Thelonious Monk” and a commissioned arrangement of the
Mercer/Arlen classic “Blues in the Night” in celebration of the Johnny Mercer Centennial.
www.savannahmusicfestival.org Ticket information


February 2
Spelman Women's Jazz Ensemble Celebrates Johnny Mercer
Presented by the Savannah Black Heritage Festival
7:00 p.m. Jewish Educational Alliance
Free
The Black Heritage Festival’s 4th Annual Future of Jazz Concert will feature the Spelman
College Women’s Jazz Ensemble and other future jazz instrumentalists featuring vocalists who
sang Johnny Mercer songs. In addition the Spelman College Women’s Jazz Ensemble will be in
residence conducting jazz vocal and instrumental workshops with 40 selected high school music
students, concentrating on scatting in the jazz tradition and instrumental improvisation.
www.savannahblackheritagefestival.org


February 3 - 14
Georgia Days 2009
Presented by Georgia Historical Society
Throughout February, the celebration will include educational visits to area schools by a
"Mercer" interpreter, crafts workshops focusing on his childhood, and the Georgia Day Parade,
in which banners will carry the themes of Mercer and his music. The culmination of this series
will be a lavish black-tie gala, Magic in the Moonlight, inspired by Johnny Mercer’s music.
www.georgiahistory.com


February 3
GHS's Georgia Days 2009 Kickoff Event -- Pardon My Southern Accent: The Life and
Legacy of Johnny Mercer in Word, Song, and Art
Presented by Georgia Historical Society
6:00 p.m. Wesley Monumental United Methodist Church, 429 Abercorn Street, Calhoun
Square, Savannah
Free and open to the public
In this family-friendly event, professional entertainer Jim Wann explores the life and
contributions of Savannah’s own Johnny Mercer by providing biographical information
interspersed with musical selections from Mercer’s extensive body of work, as well as personal
reminiscences of Johnny collected from local Savannahians. A post-event reception will include
a rare viewing of several of Mercer’s original watercolors, as well as a display of Mercer’s
childhood art.
Event Contact: Charlie Snyder, csnyder@georgiahistory.com, 912.651.2125 ext.40
www.georgiahistory.com

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February 7
Caroline Aiken Georgia Singer/Songwriter honors Johnny Mercer
Presented by the Savannah Book Festival
2:00 P. M. In historic Telfair Square and surrounds
Acclaimed Georgia singer-songwriter Caroline Aiken will perform and speak at the Savannah
Book Festival, an annual world-class literary event held in historic downtown Savannah.
www.savannahbookfestival.org




February 12
Georgia Day Parade
Presented by Georgia Historical Society
10:30 A.M.        Bull Street from Forsyth Park to City Hall, Savannah
 Thousands of costumed local elementary school children march behind student-made banners
inspired by Mercer song titles in commemoration of Georgia’s founding in 1733. This colorful
parade of students, local dignitaries, costumed characters, musicians, and a military color guard
begins at Forsyth Park and ends with a program in front of City Hall, where the mayor and other
officials bring greetings and awards are presented for the annual Banner Competition. Free and
open to the public.
Event contact: Charlie Snyder, csnyder@georgiahistory.com 912.651.2125.ext.40.




February 14
GHS’s Birthday Bash & Annual Awards Gala, “Magic in the Moonlight”
Presented by Georgia Historical Society
Hyatt Regency, Savannah
$250 per ticket (general seating); $2750 for reserved table of ten
The most prestigious event of the annual two-week celebration of Georgia’s history, the 2009
Birthday Bash and Awards Gala will be a banquet held on the banks of the Savannah River.
The evening will feature the music of Johnny Mercer and include greetings from Governor
Sonny Perdue and an insightful keynote address featuring Washington’s most captivating
couple—James Carville and Mary Matalin. Carville and Matalin will combine their unique
experience as perennial political insiders to provide attendees with a stimulating, candid, and
provocative keynote entitled “All’s Fair in Love, War, and Politics.” In addition, GHS will
recognize and honor Georgians who have made an outstanding contribution to the development
of our state and nation. A raffle will be held for items from Tiffany’s Jewelers.
Event Contact: Torain White, twhite@georgiahistory.com, 912.651.2125 ext.20
www.georgiahistory.com




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March 6, 2009
Rob Dentry: Interpreting Mercer
Presented by: Golden Isles Arts and Humanities Association
8:00 p.m. Ritz Theatre, Downtown Brunswick, GA
Tickets $15.00 Adults $10.00 Students & Seniors
Brunswick native Rob Dentry and his acclaimed Chicago-based jazz ensemble perform a
musical tribute to the work of Johnny Mercer.
2008-2009 Performing Arts Series.
Purchase advance tickets securely on line at our web site; by phone with credit card (912-262-
6934) Tuesday - Fridays 9 am - 5 pm, Saturdays 10 am - 2 pm; or in person at the Ritz Theatre
during those hours. Tickets may also be purchased the evening of the show beginning 7:00 p.m.
www.goldenislesarts.org


March 19 – April 5
JOHNNY MERCER CENTENNIAL AT 2009 SAVANNAH MUSIC FESTIVAL
Presented by the Savannah Music Festival
At various venues throughout Savannah See website for ticket information.
Savannah native John Herndon “Johnny” Mercer (November 18, 1909 – June 25, 1976)
traveled the world, never forgetting his roots. He is best known as the lyricist of more than a
thousand songs, including compositions for movies and Broadway shows, and many of the most
popular hits of 1930s, 40s and 50s, which are still performed today. Many of the artists
appearing in this year’s Savannah Music Festival are performing Mercer compositions to
celebrate the centenary of Johnny’s birth in Savannah.
Mercer songs will be performed by a wealth of artists throughout the festival such as Andrea
Marcovicci, Dianne Reeves, Bucky Pizzarelli, Ellis Marsalis Quartet, The Clayton Brothers,
Marcus Roberts, and many others.

       • “Skylark: Andrea Marcovicci Sings Mercer,” commissioned by SMF.
              • Charles H. Morris Center
                     o Saturday, March 21         12:30 PM, 3:00 PM / $20
                     o Sunday, March 22            5:00 PM, 7:30 PM / $30
                     o Monday, March 23            7:00 PM / $30
                         Pre-Concert Talk: 6:00 PM (Monday Only)
                     o Tuesday, March 24          12:30 PM / $20
                     o Wednesday, March 25       12:30 PM / $20
                     Approx: 1 hr. 15 minutes

                      Pre-Concert Talk: 6:30 PM (Monday Only)

       • The Swing Central High School Jazz Band Competition & Workshop is a unique
       opportunity for high school musicians to study and work with jazz masters. The
       competition features bands performing the SMF-commissioned arrangement of the
       Mercer/Arlen classic -- Blues in the Night
       Competition: Savannah International Trade & Convention Center Ballroom,
       Friday, March 27, 2009       9:00 AM until 3:00 PM
       Outdoor performance on River Street’s Rousakis Plaza: March 26 & March 27 from
       11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.


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 16th Annual American Traditions Competition:
-Happy Birthday, Johnny! On April 2, select American Traditions contestants perform
Mercer’s songs for more than 1000 area elementary school students in Trustees Theater (not
open to the general public)
-All Semifinalists include a Johnny Mercer song in their performance. SEMIFINAL ROUNDS:
Trinity United Methodist Church, Friday, April 3, 1:00 PM, 4:00 PM / $25
-The Johnny Mercer Music Award from Armstrong-Atlantic State University and Friends of
Johnny Mercer, Inc., will be presented to one singer during the FINAL ROUND of the American
Traditions Competition at Lucas Theatre of the Arts. Saturday, April 4, 7:00 PM / $35

For more information visit www.savannahmusicfestival.org



April 5, 2009
“Too Marvelous for Words” – Johnny Mercer at 100
John Cranford Adams Playhouse, South Campus, Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY
2:00 P.M.
John Cranford Adams Playhouse Box Office 516-463-6644
The Hofstra Cultural Center presents, as part of the Joseph G. Astman International Concert
Series, “Too Marvelous for Words” – Johnny Mercer at 100, featuring an All-Star Big Band with
special guest vocalists.
Tickets are $18, $15 senior citizens (over 65) or matriculated non-Hofstra students, $10 children
under 12.
www.hofstra.edu/culture



April 14 – April 23
Accentuate the Positive! A Puppet People Sing-a-long
Presented by Live Oak Public Libraries
Ages 5 and up
Come sing and dance to Mercer originals with Angela Beasley’s Puppet People.
   • Tuesday April 14, 2009         Hitch Branch Library         11:00 a.m.
   • Wednesday, April 15, 2009      Bull Street Library          10:30 a.m.
   • Thursday, April 16, 2009       Islands Branch Library        10:30 a.m.
   • Saturday, April 18, 2009       Oglethorpe Mall Branch          2:00 p.m.
   • Tuesday, April 21, 2009         Ogeechee Branch Library       10:30 a.m.
   • Wednesday, April 22, 2009       West Chatham Branch           11:00 a.m.
   • Thursday, April 23, 2009        Kayton Branch Library         10:30 a.m.
www.liveoakpl.org




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April 18 and April 19
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
Presented by: Saint Vincent’s Academy
Time: TBA Trustees Theater, 216 E. Broughton Street
Tickets: Adults $20.00 / Students $10.00
Seven Brides For Seven Brothers: lyrics by Johnny Mercer and music by Gene DePaul. The
play will be directed by Fr. Douglas Clark. Cast will be students from Saint Vincent’s Academy
and Benedictine Military School.
Tickets may be purchased for this event through the Box Office of the Trustees Theater either
online, by phone 912-525-5050, or the box office.
bernadette.winters@SVAga.net 912-356-5066 / 912-656-6912


April 18, 2009
Readers Theater – “Mister Johnny Mercer”
Presented by: Jahannes Productions: Public Reading
Time: 1:00 P.M. – 3:30 P.M. Black Box S.P.A.C.E. City of Savannah
Free – Open to the Public
"Mister Johnny Mercer" is a drama featuring the music of America’s popular lyricist and
songwriter John Herndon “Johnny” Mercer. Ten years after Mercer's death, his greatest fan is
planning a concert in honor of his birthday. With the help of her piano player and the ghosts of
Johnny Mercer and his wife Ginger, she selects the songs for her concert and finds new
meaning in her own life. Written by Ja A. Jahannes, this show is interlaced with some of
Mercer's most popular songs such as Come Rain or Come Shine, Days of Wine and Roses,
Moon River, That Old Black Magic, Accentuate the Positive, Tangerine and Skylark.
http://www.savannahga.gov/cityweb/CulturalAffairsWeb.nsf/608e11690577454885256af400535
d5b/8596b2ec1adfb5aa85256b1f006c9bb0?OpenDocument


April 22, 2009
Jazz Vocalist Linda Ciofalo Tribute to Johnny Mercer in NY: “Dancing with Johnny”
Presented by: Lucky Jazz
The Kitano 66 Park Ave. NY
8:00 P.M. Free Concert
“Dancing With Johnny” Linda Ciofalo and her all star band explore the rhythmic side of the
music of Johnny Mercer during his centennial year.
www.LIndaCiofalo.com


April 24-26
Mercer on the River
Presented by the Savannah Waterfront Association
On historic River Street in downtown Savannah
Enjoy a weekend of family fun as the Association presents its annual Fine Arts on the River
celebration with a Mercer twist!
April 24: Savannah Winds Mercer Tribute Concert and Fireworks
April 25: All-day art festival featuring Mercer-inspired arts activities for children all day
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April 26: Mercer's lyrics will soar at a special gospel concert on the river
www.riverstreetsavannah.com


April 25, 2009
Republication Date: Johnny Mercer: The Life, Times and Song Lyrics of Our Huckleberry
Friend
 Johnny Mercer: The Life, Times and Song Lyrics of Our Huckleberry Friend by Bob Bach and
Ginger Mercer has been republished after being out of print for at least fifteen years.
Huckleberry Friend is a collection of Mercer lyrics and memorabilia. It covers Mercer's life from
his Savannah childhood through his Hollywood days and the remarkable productive period of
the thirties, forties, and fifties. We see the birth of the Capitol Records label and Mercer's
association with Nat "King" Cole, Peggy Lee, Betty Hutton, Fred Astaire, Louis Armstrong, Judy
Garland, Jo Stafford, Bing Crosby, Benny Goodman and many others.

New photographs. Stories from Pin Point feature stories written and illustrated by Johnny
Mercer and some of his childhood friends. The lists of Johnny Mercer's song creations and
songs contributed to the movies have been reviewed, updated and expanded. New sections list
the songs written for theatrical productions and songs written by Johnny Mercer available on
compact discs.

ISBN: 978-0-87798-375-1 Trade paper 344 pages 150+ photographs $25.00
Contact: Ken Boyd kwbcherokee@bellsouth.net
Available from your favorite bookseller


April 28
Mercer Appreciation Concert
Presented by Savannah Arts Academy
7 p.m. at Savannah Arts Academy, 500 Washington Ave., Savannah
A hometown favorite, the Savannah Arts Academy's Skyelite Jazz Band and special guests will
present a concert featuring the music of Mercer and others. In conjunction with the concert, view
a showcase of Mercer-inspired artwork created by the Academy's visual arts department.


May 9, 2009
33rd Annual Savannah Scottish Games Honor Johnny Mercer
Presented by: Savannah Scottish Games
Bethesda Home for Boys
Gates Open at 9:00 a.m.
 Each year the Savannah Scottish Games Committee selects a prominent person (or group) of
Scottish descent to be our "Honored Guest." This year, on the centennial of Johnny's birth, it
was appropriate to honor him and his family for their contributions to the Country, the State, and
Savannah. His Scottish heritage has been overshadowed by his entertainment
accomplishments. We hope to draw attention to both!

Ticket information: Adult $10.00 in Advance, $12.00 at Gate
                    Students (11-17) - $5.00 (Under 10 Free with Paid Adult)
                     Military (with ID) $8.00 in Advance $10.00 at Gate


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Advance tickets are available at The Savannah Bank locations and Molly MacPherson’s
Scottish Pub, Savannah
www.savannahscottishgames.com


May 18
Memories of Mercer
Presented by Hospice Care of the Lowcountry
7:00 – 9:00 P.M.
Historic Coligny Theatre of Hilton Head Island, SC
A tribute to Johnny Mercer in dialogue and song presented by vocalist Carole Galli and pianist
Jonathan Davis. Based on a book review prepared on Portrait of Johnny by Gene Lees.
Proceeds to benefit Hospice Care of the Lowcountry.
Tickets: $20 in advance $25 at the door
Event contact Carole Galli 843-689-9495 gallisings@aol.com www.hospicecarelc.org

Concerts in the Squares - June
Presented by the City of Savannah's Department of Cultural Affairs
Wednesdays & Fridays, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Johnson & Wright Squares, Savannah
Enjoy the sounds of summer in Savannah's sensational squares. This free lunch-time concert
series features top local performers from jazz to R&B, vocals and American songbook. This
year's series will send Mercer's tunes wafting through the trees all summer long.
www.savannahga.gov/arts

June:
June 3:    Johnson Square
June 5:    Johnson Square
June 10:   Wright Square
June 12:   Wright Square
June 17:   Johnson Square
June 19:   Johnson Square
June 24:   Wright Square
June 26:   Wright Square


June 2009 [exact date TBD]
DRG Records releases 'Mercer Sings Mercer'
DRG has assembled a very special collection of songs written and performed by the great
Johnny Mercer. Among them are "Strip Polka," "The Old Music Master," "Ac-cent-tchu-ate the
Positive," "One for My Baby," and "Any Place I Hang My Hat Is Home."
http://www.drgrecords.com/details.asp?pid=91514


June 1st to June 30th, 2009
Tribute to Johnny Mercer Art Exhibit
Presented by: The Gallery, 20 Jefferson Street, Center Court City Market
Daily
Free
He has been called a spinner of dreams, the greatest of folk poets, a musical legend. Johnny
Mercer, a Savannah native, captured the heart and soul of a nation with his songs. See the
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lyrics take shape in the art work of local artists, showcased during the month of June 2009. The
partners of The Gallery will donate a portion of the sales from the "Tribute to Johnny Mercer"
Show to the FJM Statue Fund. 912.231.2025
www.thegallerysavannah.com



June18 and June 20
Presented by Savannah Film Society: Lucas Theatre
8:00 p.m. Thursday and Saturday
Film: Charade (1963)
This classic film combines Hitchockian-suspense, twists and turns, the glamour of Paris and
wry, macabre humor from the masterful Stanley Donen. It stars Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn
and showcases their incredible chemistry in the only film they made together. Also starring
George Kennedy, James Coburn and Walter Matthau. 113 minutes. Not Rated. Some violence.
The score was written by Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer wrote the lyrics for the title song,
"Charade", which was nominated for the Academy Award in 1964.
Tickets are $4-$8. Call 912-525-5050 or visit www.lucastheatre.com


June 18
Songwriters Hall of Fame 2009 Award and Induction Ceremony
New York, NY
The Songwriters Hall of Fame was founded in 1969 by Johnny Mercer and publishers Abe
Olman and Howie Richmond. The prestigious Johnny Mercer Award is presented yearly to
songwriters whose body of work is of such high quality and impact that it upholds the gold
standard set by the legendary Johnny Mercer. Past Johnny Mercer Award recipients have
included songwriting giants Dolly Parton, Kris Kristofferson, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder,
Carole King, Billy Joel and many more.
http://www.songwritershalloffame.org/ceremony/C6006


June 19 at 8 p.m. and June 20 at 3 p.m.
Presented by the Savannah Film Society: Lucas Theatre
Film: Old Man Rhythm (1935)

The film, produced and released by RKO Radio Pictures in 1935, has not been seen on the big
screen since its release and stars Betty Grable, Erik Rhodesand Eric Blore. It features a small
role for Johnny Mercer, who also penned the lyrics for five of the songs in the film (with music by
Lewis E. Gensler), and performs one of them.
The comedy is one of the "college" genre, popular in the 1930s.The story centers around a
college freshman and his father, who disapproves of his son's choice of a girlfriend.Determined
to steer his son towards a more appropriate mate, he enrolls in college with his son, and tries to
encourage another pairing.
Tickets are $8 -$4. Available by calling 912-525-5050 or at www.lucastheatre.com.




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June
Music Alive!
Presented by Live Oak Public Libraries
Music Alive! Performs a Mercer Musical Review: The quintet will perform selections from
Mercer’s catalog of songs to inspire and delight children and adults alike! Six hour-long shows
during the first three weeks of the Summer Reading Program (first three weeks of June).
Specific dates and location to be announced.

 June 21, 2009
The Johnny Mercer Centenary Concert
Presented by: Jazz International/Audacious Music Ltd.
Location: Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow, Scotland, UK
Show Time: 7:30 P.M.
The Johnny Mercer Centenary Concert headlines at the Glasgow International Jazz Festival.
The line-up of star vocalists includes Todd Gordon, Carol Kidd, Clare Teal, and top jazz pianist
Laurie Holloway who, for many years, led the Parkinson big band. The concert will be hosted by
special guest, Sir Michael Parkinson, renowned English broadcaster, journalist and
longstanding Mercer aficionado. The Glasgow Concert Hall announcement shares, "Johnny
Mercer therefore represents the only legitimate Scottish connection to American Songbook
royalty -- an especially relevant connection in this, the year of Homecoming Scotland."
Ticket information: £27.50/ £23/ £17
Event Contact: Todd Gordon todd@toddgordon.com; www.jazzinternational.co.uk


June 21 – 27 – The 4th Annual Johnny Mercer Songwriters Project
Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
This week-long songwriting program will feature award-winning composers Craig Carnelia, Lin-
Manuel Miranda and Lari White in collaboration with talented young writers.
http://www.amtp.northwestern.edu/mercer.html


June 26
NPR Nationally Broadcast Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz
Presenting: Daryl Sherman
 Piano Jazz celebrates the centennial of songwriter and lyricist Johnny Mercer. Pianist/singer
and Mercer enthusiast Daryl Sherman brings her sophisticated swing and witty charm to the
show for performances of “Too Marvelous for Words” and “Jeepers Creepers.” McPartland joins
in on one of her favorite Mercer tunes, “Skylark.”
http://www.npr.org/templates/rundowns/rundown.php?prgId=24

June 28, 2009
A Tribute to Johnny Mercer in Paris, France
Presented by: Susanna Bartilla Jazz Quartet
Location: Sunside Vocal Jazz Festival, 60 rue des Lombards, Paris, France
Show Time: 9 P. M.
Johnny Mercer is a legend, not only in his hometown, but all over the world, including here in
France. Johnny Mercer has been my favorite lyricist as long as I can remember. I have been
singing his songs ever since I started out as a jazz vocalist. I have compiled this unique
program of the most beautiful Mercer lyrics for the occasion of his centennial and am singing it
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throughout the year in Paris jazz clubs and at festivals. Eventually I am hoping to record the
corresponding CD as a tribute to Johnny Mercer. Including "Blues in the Night", "Skylark", "I'm
Old Fashioned", "Moon River", "The Days of Wine and Roses", "PS I Love You", "Travelin
Light", "I Remember You", "Hit the Road to Dreamland", "Tangerine", "Autumn Leaves" and
many more.
Ticket information: 18 Euros
Event Contact: Susanna Bartilla susanna.bartilla@online.fr
http://myspace.com/susannabartillaquartet


Concerts in the Squares - July
Presented by the City of Savannah's Department of Cultural Affairs
Wednesdays & Fridays, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Johnson & Wright Squares, Savannah
Enjoy the sounds of summer in Savannah's sensational squares. This free lunch-time concert
series features top local performers from jazz to R&B, vocals and American songbook. This
year's series will send Mercer's tunes wafting through the trees all summer long.
www.savannahga.gov/arts

July:
July 8:    Johnson Square
July 10:   Johnson Square
July 15:   Wright Square
July 17:   Wright Square
July 22:   Johnson Square
July 24:   Johnson Square
July 29:   Wright Square
July 31:   Wright Square


July 4
Savannah Swings with Mercer
Presented by the Lucas Theatre for the Arts
At the Lucas Theatre for the Arts, 32 Abercorn St., Savannah
Get your tickets early for this rousing concert featuring patriotic favorites peppered with
memorable Mercer melodies. Afterwards, put on your dancing shoes for the New Orleans-style
musical parade to special VIP seating on River Street for the Fourth of July Fireworks on the
River.
www.lucastheatre.com Ticket information


July 9 and July 11
Presented by Savannah Film Society: Lucas Theatre
8:00 p.m. Thursday and Saturday
Film: Laura (1944)
As NYPD detective McPherson (Dana Andrews) investigates the murder of the beautiful and
mysterious Laura Hunt (Gene Tierney), he becomes obsessed and begins to fall in love with her
(ghost). He pieces together her life in flashbacks, from the descriptions of those who knew her -
columnist Clifton Webb, her fiancé Vincent Price, her aunt Judith Anderson, and housekeeper
Dorothy Adams.
This dreamy noir was deftly directed by Otto Preminger and won an Academy Award for Best

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Cinematography, and was nominated for four more.
Johnny Mercer wrote the lyrics for this ethereal song by David Raskin. The song has since been
recorded by more than 400 artists.
Tickets are $4-$8. Call 912-525-5050 or visit www.lucastheatre.com


July 10 and July 11
Presented by Savannah Film Society: Lucas Theatre
Friday, July 10 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, July 11 at 3 p.m.
Film: Star-Spangled Rhythm (1942)
This cavalcade of stars is a prime example of the films made during WWII to boost morale. With
a very loose plot centered around a variety show being put on for the Navy, it was meant
instead to dazzle and entertain - which it does.
The cast includes Betty Hutton, Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Fred MacMurray, Franchot Tone, Ray
Milland, Dorothy Lamour, Paulette Goddard, Veronica, Arthur Treacher, Sterling Holloway,
Walter Catlett, Mary Martin, Dick Powell, Alan Ladd, and Susan Hayward. 99 minutes. Not
Rated.
Johnny Mercer wrote with Harold Arlen on this picture. The most famous tunes from this movie
are "Hit the Road to Dreamland" and "That Old Black Magic", which was nominated for an
Academy Award.
Tickets are $4-$8. Call 912-525-5050 or visit www.lucastheatre.com


July 15, 16 and 17, 2009
Moon River: A Reflection: The Life, Times and Music of Johnny Mercer
Presented By: Billy Crosbie Productions – Kinsale, Ireland
Location: Lord Kingsale, Kinsale, County Cork, Ireland
Show Time: 9:30 P. M.
The 2009 Kinsale Arts Week, one of Ireland's premier events, will feature a tribute to musical
giant, Johnny Mercer, composer of songs like "Moon River", Days of Wine and Roses" and
"That Old Black Magic". Mercer was Frank Sinatra's favorite composer and this year marks the
100th anniversary of Johnny's birth in Savannah.
Many have never heard of Mercer, but they certainly know his songs. More than a musical
tribute, this show will feature conversation about Johnny, unique footage of his hometown, its
influence on his life and lyrics, and his life among the musical giants of the time.
Billy Crosbie on piano will be joined by vocalist Jimmy O'Byrne, violinist Kevin Goggin and
Savannah native now living in Kinsale, Tony Cope who knew Johnny and who will sing several
Mercer songs and add a unique perspective to the conversation about the man. Production
design is by Peter Maguire. Billy Crosbie has presented sell-out shows featuring the great
composers of the early 20th Century like Irving Berlin and Cole Porter. This year it is Johnny
Mercer's turn during Kinsale Arts week July 11 through 19.

Ticket Information: 15 euros
Event Contact: michellecarew@kinsaleartsweek.com or tonycope37@yahoo.com
www.kinsaleartsweek.com




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July 18, 2009 - June 6, 2010
Johnny Mercer: Too Marvelous For Words
Presented by the Georgia Music Hall of Fame
At the Georgia Music Hall of Fame, 200 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Macon
Take to road trip to Macon to see an exciting exhibition highlighting Mercer's life, work and
legacy
www.georgiamusic.org


July 17 & 18, 2009
Mady Kaye Goes Cabaret: Happy Birthday Mr. Mercer!
Presented by: MadyKayeMusic
8:00 P.m. Zach Theatre Center, 1510 Toomey Rd., Austin, TX, 78704
Happy Birthday Mr. Mercer! is a 2 -hour Cabaret show celebrating the life and music of Johnny
Mercer. Ms. Kaye will present fifteen of his songs, interspersed with stories of his song- writing
and his life. She will be accompanied by Eddy Hobizal on piano and Paul Spikes on bass and
harmonica, the same musicians who accompanied her on my Mercer CD:
Mady Kaye Goes Cabaret -- The Magic of Mercer.
Tickets: $20.00
www.madykaye.com or www.zachtheatre.org



July 22 – August 16
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
Presented by: Flat Rock Playhouse
Wed. –Sun. varying performance times. Flat Rock Playhouse; Flat Rock, North Carolina
Tickets $34 with discounts for seniors, students and groups
Johnny Mercer collaborated with Al Kasha & Joel Hirschhorn on writing the lyrics for the MGM
musical and play adaptation of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.
Flat Rock Playhouse Box Office – toll free 866-732-8008
www.flatrockplayhouse.org


July 26
Mercer Beaucoup: Come Rain or Come Shine
Celebrate the Music of Johnny Mercer
Presented by The Coastal Jazz Association
Four Points by Sheraton Historic Savannah - 520 West Bryan Street. (Bryan & MLK)
5:00 P. M.
Bassist, Ben Tucker and trombonist, Teddy Adams have established themselves solidly as
Savannah’s faces of Jazz. Both are recognized throughout the jazz world for their musical
adeptness and jazz sensibilities. This duo will headline a group of regional musicians to help the
city of Savannah celebrate 100 anniversary of Mercer’s birth.
So come celebrate with the Coastal Jazz Association of Savannah. After this night’s tribute, you
will never forget to remember: Johnny Mercer.
The event is free for Coastal Jazz Association members and $10 for non-members.
www.coastal-jazz.org

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July 31- August 2
Lil’ Abner
Presented by Savannah Children’s Theatre
July 31 at 7:00 p.m. August 1 and 2 at 3:00 p.m.
2169 East Victory Drive
The Savannah Children’s Theatre’s: Teen Theatre Camp is proud to present their production of
Lil’ Abner. Johnny Mercer wrote the lyrics for this musical which centers around Dogpatch and
the characters from the comic strip.
Cost: $12 per ticket
www.savannahchildrenstheatre.org


August 13, 2009
A Tribute to Johnny Mercer in Paris, France
Presented by: Susanna Bartilla Jazz Quartet
Location: Le 9 Jazz Club 9 Rue Moret Paris, France
Show Time: 8:30 P. M.
Johnny Mercer is a legend, not only in his hometown, but all over the world, including here in
France. Johnny Mercer has been my favorite lyricist as long as I can remember. I have been
singing his songs ever since I started out as a jazz vocalist. I have compiled this unique
program of the most beautiful Mercer lyrics for the occasion of his centennial and am singing it
throughout the year in Paris jazz clubs and at festivals.
Ticket information and reservations: 00331 58 30 67 52
Event Contact: Susanna Bartilla susanna.bartilla@online.fr
http://myspace.com/susannabartillaquartet

August 18
JMCC Celebrity Wait Staff Fundraiser
Presented by: Johnny Mercer Centennial Committee
5-8 p.m., Celebrity Wait Staff will be available 6-7 p.m.
Chick-Fil-A/ Savannah Mall
This is a great way to support Johnny Mercer Centennial. Come out to Chick-Fil-A/Savannah
Mall, purchase a meal and tip your waiter/waitress. The tips will go toward funding several
projects to be held during the Centennial Celebration. The competition is heating up between
the wait staff. The person with the most tips will win a very special prize. The Celebrity Wait
Staff will include Jesse Blanco, Big Frank from WJCL, The Coastal Source, Stacy Jennings,
Tanya Scott-Pilcher, Angela Beasley and Ruby Pearl, Marronde Lotson (Economic
Development, City of Savannah, Kenny Hill, Ray Steele and others.
Contact:Tanya Milton, (912) 658-2813 www.johnnymercercentennial.com


Sept. 4-5, 2009
Johnny Mercer Sculpture Show
Presented by: Avery Gallery, Inc. 390 Roswell Street - Marietta, GA 30060
Friday 6-9 pm Saturday 10 am- 2 pm
Free with plenty of free parking
Savannah sculptor, Susie Chisholm will be the featured artist for the First Friday Artwalk. Ms.
Chisholm is the artist commissioned to do the life size bronze of Johnny Mercer to be dedicated

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in Ellis Square in Savannah, GA on Nov. 18, 2009 (centennial of Mr. Mercer’s birth). A bronze
maquette of the statue will be on display for our event. Several other Friends of Johnny Mercer,
Inc. members will attend along with publisher, Ken Boyd. Mr. Boyd’s company has just
republished Johnny Mercer: The Life, Times and Song Lyrics of Our Huckleberry Friend that
has been out of print for about 15 years.
Contact: Shae Avery 770-427-2459 or 1-800-969-2459
www.averygalery.com

September 10, 2009
A Tribute to Johnny Mercer in Paris, France
Presented by: Susanna Bartilla Jazz Quartet
Location: Swan Bar 165 bd Montparnasse 75005 Paris, France
Show Time: 7:30 P. M.
Johnny Mercer is a legend, not only in his hometown, but all over the world, including here in
France. Johnny Mercer has been my favorite lyricist as long as I can remember. I have been
singing his songs ever since I started out as a jazz vocalist. I have compiled this unique
program of the most beautiful Mercer lyrics for the occasion of his centennial and am singing it
throughout the year in Paris jazz clubs and at festivals.
Ticket information: 00331 44 27 05 84 www.swanbar.fr
Event Contact: Susanna Bartilla susanna.bartilla@online.fr
http://myspace.com/susannabartillaquartet



 October 3, 10am -1pm
First Saturday for Kids: “Mercer for Kids” Musically-Inspired Studio Project
Telfair’s Jepson Center for the Arts
This monthly program for young people includes studio art workshops (now drop in, until
capacity) for ages 3-9, storytelling, and activities for young children in ArtZeum.
Stop by anytime between 10am-1pm to join in the fun.
Free admission for First Saturday participants (parents or guardians with children).
http://www.telfair.org/about/events/about_events_09.asp



October 4
Picnic in the Park with Mercer
Presented by the City of Savannah's Department of Cultural Affairs
Location: Forsyth Park, downtown Savannah, Georgia USA
5 - 9 p.m. in Forsyth Park, Whitaker & Gaston Streets, historic Savannah
Join us for one of Savannah's favorite outdoor affairs as we toast Johnny Mercer, one of
Savannah's favorite sons. Pack a picnic to enjoy a free musical evening in Forsyth Park,
featuring a big band and four Savannah vocalists singing Mercer favorites. Take part in the fun!
Enter your Mercer-themed picnic setting in a table-scape competition. Prizes will be awarded to
winners.
www.savannahga.gov/arts



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October 8, 2009
A Tribute to Johnny Mercer in Paris, France
Presented by: Susanna Bartilla Jazz Quartet
Location: Le 9 Jazz Club 9 Rue Moret Paris, France
Show Time: 8:30 P. M.
Johnny Mercer is a legend, not only in his hometown, but all over the world, including here in
France. Johnny Mercer has been my favorite lyricist as long as I can remember. I have been
singing his songs ever since I started out as a jazz vocalist. I have compiled this unique
program of the most beautiful Mercer lyrics for the occasion of his centennial and am singing it
throughout the year in Paris jazz clubs and at festivals.
Ticket information and reservations: 00331 58 30 67 52
Event Contact: Susanna Bartilla susanna.bartilla@online.fr
http://myspace.com/susannabartillaquartet



Saturday, October 10, 2009
Saturday Night with Johnny Mercer
The Cain Drive Theatre Charleston, SC
6:30pm-11:30pm Ticketed: $150 per person
Got the Blues in the Night? Come Rain or Come Shine, you can Ac-cent-tchu-ate the Positive
In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening! Enjoy a lavish meal in a private home overlooking
picturesque Shem Creek, just East of historic Charleston, SC - all while listening to a live
concert of Johnny Mercer. 100% of proceeds go the Unitarian Church in Charleston.
Event contact: Lin Raymond, 843-723-4617, http://www.charlestonuu.org/


October 15, 10-11:30am
Toddler Third Thursday: “Mercer for Kids” Musically-Inspired Studio Project
Telfair’s Jepson Center for the Arts
This program is designed especially for preschoolers ages 3-5 and their adult companions.
Toddlers will explore artwork from both our permanent and temporary exhibitions followed by a
visit to the Jepson Education Studios for a fun-filled art project relating to their tour. Creative use
of color, shape, and material vocabulary will be encouraged. Each month will involve a different
tour and project. Time to play in ArtZeum is included. Bring the masterpieces home and see
your child smile with pride! Registration and adult supervision required. Call 790-8823 to
register. Admission is $5 per child with adult admission fee (adult members free).
Sponsored in part by JCB, Inc.
http://www.telfair.org/about/events/about_events_09.asp


October 16, 2009
A Tribute to Johnny Mercer in Paris, France
Presented by: Susanna Bartilla Jazz Quartet
Location: Café Universel 267, Rue Saint Jacques            75005 Paris, France
Show Time: 9:30 P. M.
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Johnny Mercer is a legend, not only in his hometown, but all over the world, including here in
France. Johnny Mercer has been my favorite lyricist as long as I can remember. I have been
singing his songs ever since I started out as a jazz vocalist. I have compiled this unique
program of the most beautiful Mercer lyrics for the occasion of his centennial and am singing it
throughout the year in Paris jazz clubs and at festivals.
Ticket information: 00331 43 25 74 20
Event Contact: Susanna Bartilla susanna.bartilla@online.fr
http://myspace.com/susannabartillaquartet

October 22, 2009
First Booksigning for "The Complete Lyrics of Johnny Mercer"
Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
7:00 P. M.
Miles Kreuger and Eric Davis present and sign The Complete Lyrics of Johnny MercerThe seventh
volume in Knopf's critically acclaimed Complete Lyrics series, published in Johnny Mercer's centennial
year, contains the texts to more than 1,200 of his lyrics, several hundred of them published here for the
first time.
Johnny Mercer's early songs became staples of the big band era and were regularly featured in the
musicals of early Hollywood. With his collaborators, who included Richard A. Whiting, Harry Warren,
Hoagy Carmichael, Jerome Kern, and Harold Arlen, he wrote the lyrics to some of the most famous
standards, among them, "Too Marvelous for Words," "Jeepers Creepers," "Skylark," "I'm Old-Fashioned,"
and "That Old Black Magic."
Free
Event Contact: Miles Kreuger 323-934-1221 www.booksoup.com


October 24
Mercer Film Festival
Presented by Live Oak Public Libraries
3:00 p.m. Southwest Branch (behind Target at Savannah Mall)
Film: Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
www.liveoakpl.org


October 31
Mercer Film Festival
Presented by Live Oak Public Libraries
3:00 p.m. Southwest Branch (behind Target at Savannah Mall)
Film: Breakfast at Tiffany’s
www.liveoakpl.org

October 30
Hollywood Era of Johnny
Presented by: 700 Drayton at the Mansion on Forsyth Park
7 pm - 10 pm 700 Drayton Street Mansion on Forsyth Park
This is a fund-raising event to support the Friends of Johnny Mercer, Inc. and the Johnny
Mercer Statue Project. This red carpet costume event will feature an open bar, heavy hors d'
oeuvres, costume contest, live entertainment with a special guest appearance. A silent auction
of the windows of his pride and joy, “Moon River” home have been recreated by local artists.
Event Cost: $100.00 per guest ($60.00 tax deductible)
www.mansiononforsythpark.com 912.721.5038

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Friday, October 30
Inga Swearingen celebrates Johnny Mercer
Presented by: Los Angeles County Museum of Art
 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA
 6:00 pm
Vocalist Inga Swearingen presents a special evening celebrating Johnny Mercer’s 100th
anniversary. Swearingen is best known from her work with Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home
Companion broadcasts and concerts. She has performed around the world at such prestigious
venues as the Montreux Jazz Festival, Tanglewood, and Carnegie Hall. "She has the knack for
making even complicated musical trajectories sound natural and flowing," writes jazz critic Joe
Woodard.
 Free, no reservations
www.lacma.org/programs/FridayNightJazz.aspx#1250190208606



November 2009
Turner Classic Movies present: 24 Hours of Mercer
Turner Classic Movies will present 24 hours of films featuring Mercer and his songs, hosted by
Robert Osborne. Exact date TBD.



Sunday, November 1, 2009
"Just Jazz" with Bob Bernotas
Midnight-1:00 a.m. Eastern Time (US)
www.wnti.org Internet Radio
On his November 1 "Just Jazz" program, from midnight to 1:00 a.m. Eastern Time, host Bob
Bernotas will showcase the songs of Johnny Mercer. And for the rest of the month, Mercer's
songs will be featured every week during "Just Jazz."
bob@jazzbob.com www.jazzbob.com 718-638-2767



November 3, 2009
Johnny Mercer's Centennial Celebration
Presented by Barbara Slater and Friends
The Hi-Hat, Providence, Rhode Island
7:00 p.m. No cover charge
An evening of music and songs celebrating the work of the all "Too Marvelous for Words"
Johnny Mercer, and
others from The Great American Songbook. Of her first CD, "Remembering Johnny Mercer",
Barbara's says, " It was a joy and pleasure to sing these songs." In Barbara's voice you hear
her smiles, feel the longing heart and smile back at the flirtatious fun. Her warmth and
enthusiasm embrace each line of Mercer’s lyrics.
www.barbaraslater.us




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November 6, November 7, 2009
  "And the Angels Sing" - Musical Theatre
Presented by: Thirteenth Colony Sound: Barbershop Harmony Society
7:00 p.m. Armstrong Atlantic State University, Fine Arts Theater
The theme of our 2009 Annual Show is the Spirit of Johnny Mercer. The production will portray
the continued existence of Johnny Mercer's Spirit in Bonaventure Cemetery, as Johnny
agonizes over how he will be remembered after he truly departs this vale of tears - which
Johnny learns can be no later than his 100th Birthday! Thirteenth Colony Sound and its Guests
will render a host of Johnny Mercer’s arrangements and compositions in the rich chord structure
of the barbershop style. Johnny's humor and ability to overcome personal conflict will be
highlighted in this musical tribute to Savannah's Favorite Son.
Thirteenth Colony Sound is the Savannah Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society
Tickets: $12.00 in advance, $15.00 at the door, Students/Military/ Free Sponsored
www.savannahbarbershoppers.org

Nov. 7
Mercer Film Festival
Presented by Live Oak Public Libraries
3:00 p.m. Southwest Branch (behind Target at Savannah Mall)
Film: The Harvey Girls
www.liveoakpl.org


November 8
Accentuate the Positive: A Tribute To Johnny Mercer at the Chicago Humanities Festival
Chicago, IL
Author Barry Day presents this Mercer tribute concert featuring performances by Klea
Blackhurst, Billy Stritch, Steve Ross and Stephanie Muse. Venue TBD.



November 13 and 14
“Popular Music in the Mercer Era, 1910-1970” Academic Conference
Presented by Georgia State University Library
At the Rialto Center for the Arts at Georgia State University, 80 Forsyth Street NW,
Atlanta, GA
9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Free – Open to the Public
Internationally renowned scholars present papers providing insight into Johnny Mercer and the
popular music of his era. Topics include the influence and interpretation of Mercer’s songs,
popular music in Hollywood, Mercer and his collaborations with other songwriters, Tin Pan Alley
songs from the American South, and the relationship between country music and the American
popular song of the era.
http://www.library.gsu.edu/mercer100




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November 13
“Mostly Mercer” Dinner Concert
6:30 P.M. The Landings Club Plantation Ballroom
This is a fund-raising event to support the Friends of Johnny Mercer, Inc. educational activities
and the Johnny Mercer Commemorative Statue Project. The event will feature dinner and
dancing to the music of the fabulous 20-pc. Equinox Jazz Orchestra with vocalists Clay
Johnson, Adam Jones, Huxsie Scott and Trae Gurley.
Tickets: $100.00 ($60 tax deductible)
Event contact: Ralph Mitchell rcm3@bellsouth.net
www.friendsofjohnnymercer.com



 November 13
Play: Mister Mercer
Presented by: J Repertory Company
8:00 P.M. The Lucas Theater for the Arts, 32 Abercorn Street, Savannah, GA
A lighthearted musical play about the late Johnny Mercer, America’s most gifted popular
songwriter. Johnny, and his wife Ginger, are stuck this side of Heaven in the apartment of
Darlene, a well-known local singer and ardent Mercer fan as they prepare to meet with God.
Music in the play from Johnny Mercer includes Come Rain or Come Shine, Days of Wine and
Roses, And the Angels Sing, Skylark, Blues in the Night, Moon River, Strip Polka, Charade,
Satin Doll, On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe, Accentuate the Positive, That Old Black
Magic, Tangerine, and Arthur Murray Taught Me Dancing. Written by Ja A. Jahannes, directed
by Jaime Spore White, and starring Ray Ellis, Pepi Streiff, Pamela Sears, and Jamie Keena.
Ticket information available after September 8, 2009.
JRepTheater@aol.com http://www.lucastheatre.com

November 13
“Johnny Mercer: The Dream’s On Me” Documentary Film
Presented by Georgia State University Library
At the Rialto Center for the Arts at Georgia State University, 80 Forsyth Street NW,
Atlanta, GA
8:00 pm, Free – Open to the Public
In conjunction with the “Popular Music in the Mercer Era, 1910-1970” Academic Conference,
Georgia State University Library is hosting a screening of the new Johnny Mercer documentary
film produced by Clint Eastwood and directed by Bruce Ricker.
http://www.library.gsu.edu/mercer100

November 14
Savannah’s Children’s Book Festival
Presented by Live Oak Public Library
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Forsyth Park, Whitaker & Gaston Streets, historic Savannah
Celebrate the joy of reading, the power of the written word and the magic of storytelling with
national and local authors. Mercer is scheduled to be a part in some special way -- through his
award-winning lyrics -- perhaps even in character!
www.liveokpl.org

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November 14, 2009:
Johnny Mercer Up Close and Personal, Presented by The Friends of Johnny Mercer, Inc.
11 am, Room 108, Solms Hall, Armstrong Atlantic State University
Free. Lecture and Q&A presentation by Friends of Johnny Mercer Historian David Oppenheim,
features rare archival videos of Mercer's TV appearances, unique recordings and other
commentaries. Free admission, free parking.
For more information, email: David Oppenheim fjm@webtv.net, Lee Maltenfort
mercersfriend@comcast.net, phone # 912-927-6417. -- www.friendsofjohnnymercer.com




November 14
Johnny Mercer Centennial Celebration Concert
Presented by Georgia State University Library and School of Music
At the Rialto Center for the Arts at Georgia State University, 80 Forsyth Street
NW, Atlanta, GA
8:00 pm, Ticketed – $22.00, $32.00, $48.00
The “Popular Music in the Mercer Era, 1910-1970” Academic Conference culminates
with a special performance of Johnny Mercer’s music with Lizz Wright, Joe Gransden
and the Georgia State University School of Music.
http://www.library.gsu.edu/mercer100




Saturday, November 14, 2009
The Magic of Mercer -- Happy 100th birthday!
Uptown Marble Theater 218 Main Street, Marble Falls, TX
8 p.m.
Vocalist Mady Kaye celebrates in story and song 100 years of Johnny Mercer's remarkable
music. Favorites include Accentuate the Positive, Moon River, That Old Black Magic, Blues in
the Night and many, many more. With Eddy Hobizal, piano; Paul Spikes, bass & harmonica.
This is the show that sold out Zach Theater Center in July of 2009!
If you missed that show, now's your chance to see it!
830-693-9996 Photo credit: Brenda Ladd Photography
Tickets: $25
www.uptownmarble.com
www.madykaye.com

November 14 and 21
Immersed in Mercer: KOOP Radio in Austin Texas Celebrates the music and life of
Johnny Mercer
91.7FM KOOP Radio in Austin, Texas
11:00AM-1:00PM; 2:00-3:00PM (11/14/09) and 4:30-5:30PM (11/21/09)

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On Saturday, November 14th, 2009, join KOOP Radio's Jay Robillard, host of "The Lounge
Show" and Dennis Campa, host of "Adventures in Sound" as they team up to pay tribute to the
music of Johnny Mercer.

ALSO, on Saturday, November 21st, 2009 join more Centennial celebration with KOOP Radio's
Paul Borrelli, host of "The Swinger" and special guest co-host Mimi Alidor, former host of
"MOODSWINGS", future host of "Whirledbeet" and cousin of Johnny Mercer himself. Tune in
and share in the celebration as Austin, Texas pays tribute to one of the greatest most prolific
songwriters in Amercian history, and 100th Birthday of Savannah's most beloved musical son.
Event Contact: Mimi Alidor (512) 507-8225
mimialidor@aol.com http://www.koop.org



November 15
Annual Birthday Tribute to Johnny Mercer Concert
Presented by The Friends of Johnny Mercer, Inc.
 2 p.m. Johnny Mercer Theatre, Savannah Civic Center
The Friends of Johnny Mercer Inc. and the City of Savannah Department of Cultural Affairs
present The Annual Birthday Tribute to Johnny Mercer Concert. This year's concert celebrates
the centennial of Mercer's birth and features famed cabaret artist Marlene Van Planck, along
with an array of local performers, singing the great lyricist's best works. Free admission.
 For more information, contact Lee Maltenfort, mercersfriend@comcast.net, phone 912-927-
6417. -- www.friendsofjohnnymercer.com



November 15
A Musical Concert
7 P.M. Plantation Club Ballroom at The Landings
Cocktails 7:00; Concert 7:30-9:30 PM
Enjoy the “Stars of Savannah’s Centennial Tribute to Johnny Mercer” for a special musical
evening to benefit the Music Medicine Institute’s music therapy program to aid the families –
especially the children – of American military heroes serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. Celebrate
the music of Johnny Mercer and popular selections from Great American Broadway Musicals
while also helping our military neighbors at a time of great need. It’s sure to be a very special
evening. Cash bar provided.
Tickets: $20.00 available at the door
Event contact: Elizabeth Jacobi ejacobi@musicmedicine.org
www.musicmedicine.org MMIbenefits.org


November 15
Mt. Zion Baptist Church Tribute to Johnny Mercer
Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 5971 Mt. Carmel Rd., Alvaton/Gay, GA
11:00 A. M.
Worship service with tribute to Johnny Mercer's genius and musical gifts. Held in antebellum
church where a branch of the Herndon family provided leadership for decades.
Event Contact: Winston Skinner, 770-254-8657 or winston@newnan.com
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 November 16, 2009
“West Broad to Moon River”
Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard (formerly West Broad Street)
The West Broad Street Johnny Mercer Task Force and the Johnny Mercer Centennial
Committee present a day of celebration recognizing the African American influences on the
music of Johnny Mercer. A Morning on “West Broad” will include neighborhood visits -- 10:15
a.m. at St. Phillips AME Church, with remarks from Dr. Clifford Hardwick, III; and 10:45 a.m. at
Tabernacle Baptist Temple with remarks from Joe Bruin. “An Evening on West Broad: Jazz in
1930‘s style!” takes place 5:00 p.m.– 8:00 p.m. Join us for an unforgettable evening of jazz and
Johnny Mercer music. Vintage autos will line the street recreating an era when West Broad
Street. was "King"! Ladies and Gents, we encourage you to dress in “Cotton Club” style.
Blowin’ Smoke, 514 MLK Jr. Blvd, Savannah. Free admission. Cash bar and Dutch Treat
menu.
 For more information, contact Tanya Melton, Tanya Milton Tanya@savannahtribune.com or
(912) 233-6128
November 17, 2009
Mercer in the Schools.
Presented by Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools (SCCPSS)
On this day, eighth grade students will be honoring Johnny Mercer with an educational contest,
“Tutti Frutti Tuesday,” sponsored by Leopold’s Ice Cream. The multi-media (Microsoft®
PowerPoint) presentation should focus on the connection and influence of Savannah on the
music of Johnny Mercer. The winning presentation will become part of the Trav’ lin’ Light exhibit
that will tour SCCPSS schools later this year. A display of student artwork honoring the
influences of Mercer will appear in City Market at the Lobby Gallery at 204 West St. Julian
Street. Free admission.
For more information, contact Laura Victore, 912-313-0945, laura.victore@sccpss.com –
www.sccpss.com



November 17 – December 26, 2009
Andrea Marcovicci in “Skylark: Marcovicci Sings Mercer”
Oak Room of the Algonquin Hotel, 59 W. 44th Street, NY, NY
Tues - Sat 8:30PM; Additional late shows Fri & Sat 11PM
Andrea Marcovicci, the Queen of Cabaret, celebrates the four-time Oscar winner through rarely-
heard anecdotes and Andrea’s trademark interpretations of Mercer’s pensive, often impish,
lyrics. This show was originally commissioned for the Savannah Music Festival. Marcovicci’s
research into the Georgia State University Special Collections Mercer archives has uncovered
several gems from his vast repertoire, such as “Out Of Breath And Scared To Death Of You,”
his very first published song, from The Garrick Gaieties of 1930 and “Getting A Man” from the
stage musical “Saratoga” to represent Mercer’s Broadway career. She even sings “My Sugar Is
So Refined,” a charming radio hit for Mercer (as a vocalist). In addition, conversations with
Mercer’s intimate friends – such as Alan Bergman, the Oscar winning lyricist and Mercer
protégé and Ginny Mancini, the widow of Mercer’s “Moon River” collaborator Henry Mancini –
helped paint a most intimate portrait of this trailblazer of popular music. “Skylark” also includes
familiar hits like the title song as well as: Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive, That Old Black Magic,
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One for My Baby (and One More for the Road), You Were Never Lovelier, Autumn Leaves,
Goody, Goody and of course, Moon River.
 Cover and minimum, please call for details
Reservations: (212) 419-9331 or (212) 840-6800    PHOTO CREDIT: Daniel Reichert
http://www.andreamarcovicci.com/ AND http://www.algonquinhotel.com/oak-room-supper-club


 November 18:
Unveiling of the Johnny Mercer Statue
Presented by the Johnny Mercer Centennial Committee
9:30 a.m. The Lobby Gallery, reception and artwork by Savannah-Chatham County Public
Schools
11 a.m. - Noon, pre-event music by Johnson High School Chorus and Johnson High School
Marching Band;
Noon – 1 p.m. Statue Unveiling. Ellis Square near City Market, downtown Savannah, Georgia.
As a capstone to the Johnny Mercer Centennial year, join citizens of Savannah and the Mercer
family in making history when the life-size bronze statue of Johnny Mercer is unveiled in Ellis
Square. The statue, commissioned by Friends of Johnny Mercer, Inc., in special
commemoration of Johnny’s 100th birthday, is the work of Savannah sculptor Susie Chisholm.
For more information, Sandy Traub straub@spatior.com 912/398-9828; or Dianne S. Thurman,
dsthurman@bellsouth.net 912/925-2214.-- www.johnnymercercentennial.com


November 18, 2009
100th Birthday Celebration
8:00 P.M. Hermann's Jazz Club, Victoria, BC
Jazz vocalist and songwriter Carol Sokoloff celebrates the 100th birthday of the late, great
Johnny Mercer with an evening of his songs and stories of his life. "Johnny Mercer is a true
American folk-poet whose words live on in songs we never stop singing," says Sokoloff of her
favourite lyricist. Joining her on the bandstand are her long-time trio, Trio Espresso, consisting
of Kenny Seidman, piano; James Young, bass and Kelby McNayr, drums. Guests artists are
expected to help toast the 100th birthday of the great Johnny Mercer. Hermann's is one of
Canada's oldest jazz clubs. It is an all ages venue, with food and libations available
Event Cost: $12/10
casjazz@islandnet.com          www.myspace.com/carolsokoloffandtrioespresso

November 18th to December 31st, 2009
Tribute to Johnny Mercer Art Exhibit
Presented by: The Gallery, 20 Jefferson Street, Center Court City Market.
Daily
Free
He has been called a spinner of dreams, the greatest folk poets, and a musical legend. Johnny
Mercer, a Savannah native, captured the heart and soul of a nation with his songs. See his
lyrics take shape in the artwork of local artists, showcased from November 18th to December
31st. The Gallery will donate a portion of the proceeds from "Tribute to Johnny Mercer" show to
the FJM Centennial Fund.


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Please join the gallery partners at The Gallery for an Opening Reception on Wednesday the
18th of November 2009, at 3:00 P.M.
912.231.2025 www.thegallery.



November 18, 2009
I Remember You: A Lyrics & Lyricists Centennial Tribute to Johnny Mercer
Presented by: 92nd Street Y
92nd Street Y, Lexington Ave at 92nd Street, New York, NY
8:00 pm
 On the 100th birth date of Johnny Mercer, Robert Kimball and Deborah Grace Winer present
an all-star, one-night-only special tribute to the unforgettable and beloved lyricist of "Moon
River", "One for My Baby," "Blues in the Night" and countless other gems.
Tickets: $62/$52      92Y Box Office: 212.415.5500
www.92Y.org/Lyrics      www.92Y.org/Lyrics


November 18
Todd Gordon with special guest, Carol Kidd: The Johnny Mercer Centennial Concert
London Jazz Festival
Pizza Express Jazz Room, 10 Dean Street, Soho, London
8:30 p.m.
My special guest is fellow Scots singer, Carol Kidd, which is appropriate given that
Mercer was particularly proud of his Scottish ancestry. Mercer traced his roots back to a
certain Hugh Mercer who was a physician from Pitsligo, Aberdeenshire. He was employed
by Bonnie Prince Charlie and attended to the wounded at the Battle of Culloden,
consequently going into hiding for a year before sailing to Philadelphia in 1747 and later
serving as a general in the American Revolutionary War.
Tickets: 20 Euros
http://www.londonjazzfestival.org.uk/events/2009-11-18/todd-gordan-tribute-to-johnny-
mercer

November 18 and November 25
A Radio Tribute to Johnny Mercer: Tony Bennett, Barry Manilow, Johnny Mathis and
many more honor Mercer in centennial special.
The Johnny Mercer Radio Special: Tony Bennett, Barry Manilow, Johnny Mathis, and
many more honor Mercer in centennial tribute.
Two Part Program - November 18 and November 25
7:00-10:00 AM EST
www.kfai.org/rockininrhythm and 90.3 FM Minneapolis/ 106.7 FM St. Paul, Minnesota
In a two part radio broadcast November 18and 25, an all star celebrity tribute to Johnny Mercer
will be presented, featuring interviews with performers and writers associated with Mercer,
conducted by program hosts pianist/producer Les Block and radio personality David Cummings.
Scheduled for the show are singers Tony Bennett, Andy Williams, Johnny Mathis, Barry
Manilow, Nancy Wilson, Kay Starr, Margaret Whiting, Diahann Carroll, Barbra Streisand, Dr.
John, Dave Frishberg, Monica Mancini, Daryl Sherman and David Allyn; composer Johnny
Mandel; Philip Furia, Mercer biographer and Robert Kimball, author of "The Complete Lyrics of

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Johnny Mercer"; and Johnny Mercer's daughter, Mandy. Also, such legends as Fred Astaire,
Mel Torme, Steve Allen and Johnny Mercer himself come alive through archival interviews.
Along with many well known Mercer songs, lesser known ones will also be aired, including
songs Barry Manilow composed for unpublished, posthumously discovered Mercer lyrics.
To hear the KFAI radio internet broadcast, go to www.kfai.org/rockininrhythm. For the live
program, click "Play" under <On Air Now>. For the archived program, go to <Previous Shows>
and click "Listen Now" to the right of the show date. Shows are archived for two weeks.
Les Block tel: 612-929-9681 email: block001@umn.edu
 www.kfai.org/rockininrhythm


November 20
The New York Pops: Too Marvelous for Words: A Johnny Mercer Centennial Concert at
Carnegie Hall – New York, NY
The New York Pops celebrates the composer and lyricist's centennial year.


November 20, 2009
Johnny Mercer – A Centenary Celebration
Presented by BBC Big Band
7:30 PM – Birmingham Town Hall (UK), Birmingham England
Singers Clare Teal and Peter Grant take a starring role with the BBC Big Band to celebrate the
centenary of Oscar-winning songwriter and lyricist Johnny Mercer. To hear these and many
more join the BBC Big Band, conductor Jiggs Whigham and their guests for this special
centenary concert. Tickets £19.50 £16.50 £12.50. Concert to be recorded for BBC Radio 2’s
Big Band Special – www.bbc.co.uk/radio2/shows/bigband. BBC Big Band is a Town Hall
Associate Artist --
http://www.thsh.co.uk/page/town-hall-birmingham/associate-artists/




November 20
Blues in the Night
Green Emporium, Colrain, Massachusetts
8:30 P.M.
Soprano Tinky “Dakota” Weisblat and composer/pianist Alice Parker will salute Johnny Mercer’s
100th birthday (plus a couple of days) with a program of his songs, plus a few selections from
other great American lyricists. Weisblat and Parker are the best known, best loved, and (in fact)
only cabaret duo in the hamlet of Hawley, Massachusetts. The program will take place at the
Green Emporium, an eclectic eatery on the Common in nearby Colrain.
Tinky Weisblat, 413-339-4747 http://www.greenemporium.com
Event Cost: free, although patrons are encouraged to order something to eat or drink


Nov. 21
Mercer Film Festival
Presented by Live Oak Public Libraries
3:00 p.m. Southwest Branch (behind Target at Savannah Mall)
Film: Daddy Long Legs
www.liveoakpl.org

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November 21, 2009
A Tribute to Johnny Mercer in Paris, France
Presented by: Susanna Bartilla Jazz Quartet
Location: Cave du Jazz 77710 Lorrez le Bocage Paris, France
Show Time: 9 P. M.
Johnny Mercer is a legend, not only in his hometown, but all over the world, including here in
France. Johnny Mercer has been my favorite lyricist as long as I can remember. I have been
singing his songs ever since I started out as a jazz vocalist. I have compiled this unique
program of the most beautiful Mercer lyrics for the occasion of his centennial and am singing it
throughout the year in Paris jazz clubs and at festivals.
Ticket information: www.lacavedujazz.free.fr/lacave09/programme/prog.htm
Event Contact: Susanna Bartilla susanna.bartilla@online.fr
http://myspace.com/susannabartillaquartet


November 22, 2009
Michael Feinstein & David Hyde Pierce
Presented by: McCallum Theatre
73000 Fred Waring Drive Palm Desert, CA
7:00 pm
The winner of four Emmy Awards for his portrayal of Niles Crane on "Frasier," David Hyde
Pierce starred in "Spamalot" on Broadway and won a Tony Award for his role in the musical
"Curtains." Expect the unexpected when he joins Michael for a song-filled evening. During a
segment of the show, Michael celebrates the centennial of the great lyricist, Johnny Mercer,
featuring a selection of Johnny’s songs.
Tickets $65.00-$125.00
 www.mccallumtheatre.com          www.michaelfeinstein.com




November 23
The Metropolitan Room Mercer Centennial w Linda Ciofala
Presented by: Lucky Jazz
The Metropolitan Room, 34 W. 22 Street, NYC
Time: 7:00 p.m. – Tickets $20.00
The Metropolitan Room New York's premier Cabaret presents N.Y Jazz Vocalist Linda Ciofalo's
tribute to Johnny Mercer. Ciofalo's path to the great American songbook was set after she
auditioned among 300 singers for the featured vocalist spot in a big band and won. The
impression that Mercer's lyric made were especially profound on a young singer who had been
performing in rock, reggae and club date bands to earn a living. Ms. Ciofalo is recording a
Johnny Mercer centennial tribute CD and will release during his centennial year on the Lucky
Jazz label. The CD will feature the rhythmic side of Johnny Mercer.
jazzpact@aol.com www.LindaCiofalo.com or www.metropolitanroom.com


November 23, 2009
The Just-Too-Marvelous Johnny Mercer

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7:30 P.M. Wilmette Theatre, Wilmette, IL
This new multimedia presentation follows Mercer's life and work with original graphics, edited
audio tracks, film clips and an absorbing narrative. Charles Troy, a graphic designer and
musical theatre historian, has created more than 30 multimedia programs on musical theatre
subjects and presented them to great acclaim in Chicago and other cities around the country.
His presentations on Stephen Sondheim have been praised in the international quarterly, The
Sondheim Review.
Cost: $15
charlestroy@comcast.net     www.wilmettetheatre.com


November 28
New England's Largest Johnny Mercer Centennial Celebration!
Nicks Bar 124 Millbury St. Worcester Ma 01610
8:30 P.M.
New England's Largest Centennial Celebration of Johnny Mercer, Featuring dozens of talented
performers and hours of Mercer's music. Celebrate the work of one of America's best
songwriters who would have turned 100 years old this month. Complimentary birthday cake
and champagne toast at midnight. Performers include: Bobby Gadoury, Geoffrey Oehling, Tom
Spears, Frank Racette, Dan Burke, Niki Luparelli, Clayton Willoughby, Andy Cummings, and
presenting Miss Trina Vargas. Table space is limited. Reservations Encouraged.
No Cover
Event Contact: Nicole - 508-753-4030 - nicksworcester@gmail.com



December 5
Mercer Film Festival
Presented by Live Oak Public Libraries
3:00 p.m. Southwest Branch (behind Target at Savannah Mall)
Film: Belle of New York
www.liveoakpl.org

December 19
Mercer Film Festival
Presented by Live Oak Public Libraries
3:00 p.m. Southwest Branch (behind Target at Savannah Mall)
Film: Days of Wine and Roses
www.liveoakpl.org




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