Music by Jerry Bock
I met jazz legend Dizzy Gillespie in 1981. Horace Ott had helped me put together an act I was performing at Green Street, a popular New York nightclub, and one night after the show he brought his friend Dizzy backstage and introduced us. At the time I was also appearing in an Off-Off-Broadway musical called Bebop and sharing the stage with some of the most notable jazz musicians in the business. Horace and my mother, Berma, hatched the plan that brought us all together in the studio for this memorable session, and since I had become forever identified with my role as Chava in the film of Fiddler on the Roof, they came up with the idea for us to duet on this song. (With apologies to Sheldon Harnick, some of the lyrics on this jazz interpretation were improvised during the session, in the bebop style that Dizzy made popular.) I subsequently appeared live with Dizzy and his band at the New York club Fat Tuesdays and elsewhere. On stage or in the studio, Dizzywas a musical force of nature. I am so fortunate to have this recording to remind me of those great times—and pleased to be able to share it with you all these years later.