From out musician Spencer Day, the #1 Billboard jazz/pop singer and songwriter seen everywhere from Lincoln Center to the Hollywood Bowl comes Broadway By Day. Featuring a dozen songs not typically heard in a pop/jazz context, the album reimagines them with surprising and creative genre-blurring arrangements from swing to Latin. Special musical guests include Jane Monheit, the Grammy-nominated vocalist, and Dave Koz, the nine-time Grammy-nominated saxophonist.
Broadway By Day is produced by Spencer Day and Alex Frank and is Spencer’s debut from CLUB44 RECORDS. It’s available today on streaming platforms and on CD in stores and online and Deezer at club44.lnk.to/BroadwayByDay_SD
At once a cohesive reexamination of beloved musical theater songs, Broadway By Day is a dazzlingly eclectic showcase of Day’s various talents and styles. Highlights include a simmering take on Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Bali Ha’i” (South Pacific), and a pensive exploration of Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin’s “Maybe” (Annie).
One in particular is this version of “I’d Be Surprisingly Good for You,” from Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s Evita. Spencer describes how it came to be on the album. “It’s a real standout of this score, yet never explored outside of the show and really does stand on its own. The work of the incredible Mexican guitarist Eduardo Leon is especially valuable on this track. Since I was in Latin America anyway, I figured I might as will go to the source. He contributed to the album’s diversity of sound and style.”
Listen for yourself.
“The world of Broadway has always fascinated me. The first show I saw as a kid in Utah was Guys and Dolls, and it made me want to visit Havana. Then I grew up with touring productions of Miss Saigon and Les Miz. When I got to New York and made a conscious effort to attend theater – as I started seeing newer shows like Caroline, or Change and Follies with Bernadette Peters – that’s when I was knocked out by the real power and range of musical theater.” – Spencer Day
“BROADWAY BY DAY” TRACK LIST
1) One (Marvin Hamlisch and Edward Kleban – from A Chorus Line)
2) Bali Ha’i (Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II – from South Pacific)
3) Maybe (Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin – from Annie)
4) Getting to Know You (Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II – from The King and I)
5) I’d Be Surprisingly Good for You (Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice – from Evita)
6) I Don’t Know How to Love Him (Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice – from Jesus Christ Superstar)
7) It Only Takes a Moment (Jerry Herman – from Hello, Dolly!) featuring Jane Monheit
8) If I Loved You (Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II – from Carousel)
9) Who Will Buy? (Lionel Bart – from Oliver!)
10) Losing My Mind (Stephen Sondheim – from Follies)
11) On the Street Where You Live (Frederick Loewe and Alan Jay Lerner – from My Fair Lady)
12) What I Did for Love (Marvin Hamlisch and Edward Kleban – from A Chorus Line)
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(Main photo by Madison Clark)