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JAZZ Tribute to Warner Bros. songwriter HARRY WARREN by GARY FLOYD

Jazz keyboard artist GARY LYNN FLOYD is based in Dallas, Texas, but fortunately comes to L.A. semi-regularly for some jazz club gigs. Jono discovered him at a bar in Long Beach where he performs once a month after two of his members--Linda and Alfonso--highly recommended hearing him.

On this special evening, Gary is going to perform a special tribute to the legendary lyricist who is often associated with early Warner Brothers movie musicals named Harry Warren. This EARLY RSVP event will take place in the UPSTAIRS cabaret room of the Federal Bar in North Hollywood. There will be a $19 cover plus $10 food/drink minimum. Dinner and cocktails begin at 5:30pm followed by this special one-night-only show at 7pm. NOTE:  Our group will supposedly qualify for $2 off appetizer HAPPY HOUR and initial drink prices ($3 house wine, $5 call drinks, $7 premium cocktails and $2 off draft or bottled beer) IF WE PLACE OUR INITIAL ORDERS BEFORE 6PM so you are urged to arrive early--by 5:30pm to take advantage of this money saving pricing. More details at...

The Federal has reasonable food prizes for the caliber of their menu. Regular appetizers (including their signature "Dirty Chips" with waffle fries, bacon, pickled Fresno peppers, blue cheese sauce, fresh scallions, serrano peppers and cilantro crema) range from $7-16, small sized entree salads (including their "Raw Brussels Salad" with spinach, pear, sliced almonds, blue cheese and white balsamic vinaigrette) range  $9-10, individual pizzas (including their Butternut Squash Chorizo Pizza with gruyere cheese, crispy kale lettuce and roasted pepitas) range $10-12, gourmet burgers (including their Falafel Vegan Burger with alfalfa sprouts, radish, cucumber, parsley tahini and flax seeded bun) range $11-13 and entrees (including their Beer-braised 1/2 Roasted Chicken with barbeque sauce and corn succotash) range $17-25.

Valet or limited street parking is available OR if you live in proximity to the Redline subway, you can take it to the end of the line to the North Hollywood station then walk a few short blocks to the restaurant/bar.  JONO WILL MAKE ONE ADVANCE GROUP RESERVATION (the RSVP deadline is two weeks prior on Sunday 9/14 at 6pm) so please do not call the restaurant individually unless you prefer to sit separate from our group.

The now legendary Warren started working for Warner Brothers in 1932, paired with Al Dubin to write the score for the first blockbuster film musical, 42nd Street, and continued to work there for six years, writing the scores for 32 more musicals. He then worked for 20th Century Fox starting in 1940, writing with Mack Gordon. Warren again moved to MGM starting in 1944, writing for musical films such as The Harvey Girls and The Barkleys of Broadway, many starring Fred Astaire. He later worked for Paramount, starting in the early 1950s, writing for the Bing Crosby movie Just for You and the Martin and Lewis movie The Caddy, the latter containing the hit song “That’s Amore”. He continued to write songs for several more Jerry Lewis comedies.

He is particularly remembered for writing scores for the films of Busby Berkeley; they worked together on 18 films. His “uptempo songs are as memorable as Berkeley’s choreography, as for the same reason: they capture, in a few snazzy notes, the vigorous frivolity of the Jazz Age.” The 1980 stage musical 42nd Street also showcased his popular songs from these films.

Warren won the Academy Award for Best Song three times, collaborating with three different lyricists: “Lullaby of Broadway” with Al Dubin in 1935, “You’ll Never Know” with Mack Gordon in 1943, and “On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe” with Johnny Mercer in 1946. He was nominated for eleven Oscars.

Handsome Gary Lynn Floyd is a singer/songwriter/actor from Conroe, Tx.  He was four years old when he began picking out melodies on the piano, and he’s been making music ever since.  His soulful blend of pop, country, and r&b has been critically acclaimed, and the Dallas Observer says, “his original ballads pound with soul and fire”. 

His most recent CD, "Then + Now," is a retrospective of most requested songs over the past decade, with five fresh, new songs, including a duet with best friend and fellow recording artist, Denise Lee.  Gary was recently featured on the CW television series, TroubadourTx, a music documentary following Texas singer/songwriters, which airs Sundays nationwide. Gary was nominated for three 2010 Out Music Awards, including best album, for his critically acclaimed EP, The Gospel Of Zen. He won the 2012 Hollywood Music in Media award for Best Adult Contemporary song, for his signature song, Unbound.

Floyd is also an award winning actor.  His theatrical credits include Next To Normal, Grey Gardens, AIDA, Crimes of the Heart, The Big Bang, and Pumpboys & Dinettes.

Hopefully we will get a big turnout for this very special event.

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  • Jono

    The show was great, just too bad only 4 of us attended--3 including myself who are Meetup members. We initially had a fairly large RSVP response--not sure why so many bailed at more or less the last minute. I know Dale's doggie has been very ill and she contacted me to explain her absence. The cover charge was not super cheap, but was more than worth the show Gary put on. In any case KUDOS to the talented GARY LYNN FLOYD.

    September 29, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    The intro states: "On this special evening, Gary is going to perform a special tribute to the legendary lyricist who is often associated with early Warner Brothers movie musicals named Harry Warren."

    That's confusing! Harry Warren was the composer. He often teamed with Al Dubin (lyricist). Warren wrote songs such as "We're in the Money" (featuring Ginger Rogers, singer), Shadow Waltz, About a Quarter to nine (popularized by Al Jolson).

    September 27, 2014

    • Jono

      I agree, you should fire the writer, but I work for free

      September 29, 2014

  • Laura

    I'd love to go to this event if someone can give me a lift from the west side.

    August 13, 2014

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