Ep. #29: Featuring Michael Valerio and Measha Brueggergosman
"How High the Moon"
From Broadway’s Two for the Show (sung by Alfred Drake and Francis Comstock), to swing hit (Benny Goodman and his Orchestra, featuring vocalist Helen Forrest), to pop sensation (Les Paul and Mary Ford, innovatively merging 21 separate tracks), to jazz standard (showcasing Ella Fitzgerald’s epic scat solo), “How High the Moon” is a song for the ages.
Covered by countless artists, there was one performance that ignited the heart and imagination of MUSE/IQUE’s Michael Valerio.
“There’s a deep connection for me and 'How High the Moon'. One of my earliest memories of it was hearing a supergroup play and sing it on the 1986 GRAMMY Awards hosted by Kenny Rogers. The group was outrageous. The singers included Sarah Vaughan, Diane Schuur, Joe Williams, Bobby McFerrin, and The Manhattan Transfer. They sang the absolute shit out of the tune. The band was equally heavy. There were 2 of every instrument, like Noah’s ark. Buddy Rich and Tony Williams, Ron Carter and Stanley Clarke, Bobby Hutcherson and Gary Burton, Herbie Hancock and Michel Petrucciani, Dizzy Gillespie and Jon Faddis, Gerry Mulligan and David Sanborn, Stanley Jordan and Kenny Burrell. Wait, there were three guitarists! B. B. King was there too! I videotaped the performance and watched it over and over again. It left a serious mark seeing jazz of such high quality on network television. And it forever etched in me the love for the song 'How High the Moon'.” – Michael Valerio
Today, MUSE/IQUE pairs up the marvelous Michael Valerio and Measha Brueggergosman with their original take of “How High the Moon”.