Chicago, IL, June 3, 2015
The Sherman Brothers Tribute Show returns for Encore to Davenport’s Piano Bar on Sat June 13
The multi-talented Sherman Brothers were not only accomplished songwriters, but also authors, poets, painters, and even military heroes.
“You cannot forget a Sherman Brothers song for your entire life!” ~ Disney/Pixar chief John Lasseter
You know their music. Your parents know their music. Your grandparents know their music. Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Aristocats, Bedknobs & Broomsticks, The Parent Trap, Winnie the Pooh, and Charlotte’s Web are just a handful of iconic movie scores written by the prolific Oscar and Grammy award winning Sherman Brothers, Richard M. and Robert B. Sherman. In fact, the Sherman Brothers have written more motion picture scores than other songwriting team in film history. The only on-staff songwriters at the Walt Disney Studios, the Sherman Brothers were hired directly by Walt himself during the peak of the Studio’s most imaginative and productive period in the 1960s and early 1970’s. It’s safe to say the Sherman Brothers’ music has provided the song track of the lives of most Baby Boomers – as well as subsequent generations.
The Sherman Brothers are actually 3rd generation songwriters, so it seems no surprise that songwriting would be in their blood. The sons of Russian Jewish immigrants, Richard and Robert’s father Al Sherman was born in Kiev, Russia and after the family moved to America in 1909 found success as a Tin Pan Alley songwriter working in the famed Brill Building in New York City composing songs for the likes of Eddie Cantor, Al Jolson and Maurice Chevalier. And Al’s father, Samuel Sherman, was the Royal Court Composer and Conductor for Emperor Franz Josef of the Austrian-Hungarian Empire. Sensing Richard and Robert’s growing competition and frustration in their solo career pursuits, Al Sherman wisely challenged his sons to try their hand at composing a song together by saying “I bet the two of you couldn’t write a song that a kid would give up his lunch money to buy.” Well they did. And eventually their string of chart topping pop hits caught the ear of Walt Disney and as they say, “the rest is history.”
While many people know the remarkable story of this successful and prolific songwriting team, in no small part due to the success of the 2013 film “Saving Mr. Banks,” many people don’t know what a debt of gratitude we owe to the Sherman Brothers for their patriotic, military service to our country. The details of their military service is reviewed in part in the gripping and critically acclaimed 2009 Sherman Brothers documentary, “The Boys,” directed and produced by the Sherman Brothers’ own sons, Gregg Sherman and Jeff Sherman.
Richard M. Sherman served as Musical Conductor for the U.S. Army Band from 1953-1955. And older brother Robert B. Sherman was part of a group of U.S. soldiers responsible for liberating one of the Nazi death camps during World War II. Specifically, he was part of the first squadron that entered the Dachau concentration camp after the Germans had fled. On April 12, 1945, the day President Franklin D. Roosevelt died, Robert was shot in the knee forcing him to walk with a cane for the rest of his life.
For being wounded during battle, Robert B. Sherman was awarded the Purple Heart medal, as well as the Combat Infantryman Badge, two Battle Stars for his European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, an American Campaign Medal, a World War II Victory Medal, and a Good Conduct Medal.
In addition to being a composer, poet, and author, Robert was also a painter – something he had done since 1941. In 2004, Robert dedicated a print of his painting, “Sacrifice” to the Western Marble Arch Synagogue in London. Officiating was Dr. Jonathan Sacks, Chief Rabbi of the British Empire and Commonwealth. And in 2007, Robert donated limited edition prints of “Moses” and “Sacrifice” to the Giffnock Synagogue in Glasgow, Scotland.
The prolific Sherman Brothers composed more than 50 iconic motion picture song scores, numerous Broadway stage productions, countless songs for TV, theme park songs, chart topping hits for pop recording artists, and over 1,000 well-known published songs. They’ve received numerous Academy Award nominations, won 2 Academy Awards, 2 Grammy Awards, and countless other awards from around the globe. Most notably in 2008, Richard and Robert Sherman were bestowed with the highest honor the United States government can bestow on any artist – the National Medal of Arts, presented to them on Nov. 17, 2008 by President George W. Bush at the White House.
The Sherman Brothers Tribute Show
Jenifer French & Friends return for an Encore performance of “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!” – a loving tribute to the Oscar & Grammy award winning songwriters, Richard M. & Robert B. Sherman.
Sat June 13 at 8pm
Davenport’s Piano Bar & Cabaret
1383 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
Revisit the beloved songs of your childhood in this fun, high-energy musical tribute featuring a swingin’ jazz quartet and find yourself asking, “They wrote that song too?” Song selections come from such movie musical classics as The Jungle Book, Mary Poppins, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Aristocats, Bedknobs & Broomsticks, Winnie the Pooh, Charlotte’s Web, The Parent Trap, That Darn Cat, and more!
Jenifer French & Friends features: Jenifer French (vocals & MC), Jim Cox (bass), Phil Gratteau (drums), Adam Haus (guitar & ukulele), George Howe (piano, vocals, and Music Director), and Daryl Nitz (vocals and Director.) $15 cover + 2 drink min.
Reservations strongly suggested: www.davenportspianobar.com or 773-278-1830
Jenifer French is a Chicago-based jazz and blues vocalist who has been performing since 1999.
“a high-octane performer…
a tender and meaningful storyteller…
French’s vocals are lush!” ~ Cabaret Scenes Magazine, Sept 2014
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