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Sunset Jazz to remember lyricist Johnny Mercer

September 12th, 2009

One of American pop music’s renowned lyricist, Johnny Mercer, will be remembered by a corps of jazz stylists at the 10th Annual Sunset Jazz benefit concert, from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday (Sept. 13) at the Great Lawn at La Pietra Hawaii School for Girls.

Singers Shari Lynn and Jimmy Borges will be pay homage to Mercer, who provided lyrics for such tunes as “Hooray for Hollywood,” “Autumn Leaves,” “Moon River,” “Charade,” “That Ol’ Black Magic,” and “Too Marvelous for Words.” This would be his centennial year.

“Live music — nothing like it,” said Shari Lynn, who added that La Pietra's ambience matters too,“as the sun sets and the twinkling lights of Waikiki emerge.”

With Borges and Baltazar aboard since the series began, Shari said she’s surrounded by greatness. “Jimmy is my partner in crime, the First Gentleman of Jazz, the Keeper of the Flame. And Gabe is a monumental player.”

The event also features Fascinatin’ Rhythm, with Ray Kaneyama, Steve Jones and Noel Okimoto, with guest appearances by saxophonist Gabe Baltazar, singer Rocky Brown and husband-trumpeter DeShannon Higa of Be Bop Tribal, and the 15-member Hawaii Pacific University Jazz Ensemble.

Tickets: $50, include dessert, a beverage (wine, soft drink or coffee). Picnic baskets may be brought for sunset dining. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the La Pietra-Hawaii School for Girls.

Reservations: 922-2744.

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