November 7, 2015 – the Los Angeles Jazz Society honors Alan and Marilyn Bergman with their 2015 Jazz Tribute Award. For tickets and more information click here.
October 12, 2015 – Lyrically, The Songs of Alan and Marilyn Bergman – Alan performed with Mike Renzi on piano and David Finck on bass at Birdland in New York.
May 18, 2015 – LaGuardia Arts 30th Anniversary Hall of Fame Gala“Lyrics and Legacy” celebrates Alan and Marilyn Bergman.
February 15, 2015 – Alan performed with Tamir Hendelman and The Johnny Mandel Big Band at the Newport Beach Jazz Party
August 16, 2014 – Alan performed (along with other guests) at the Pasadena Pops with Michael Feinstein.
May 17, 2014 – Alan Bergman performed at The Lobero Theatre in Santa Barbara. With special GuestTierney Sutton
December 13, 2013 – An Evening with Alan and Marilyn Bergman at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center
July 28, 2013 –Alan performed at The Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center
June 29, 2013 – The Johnny Mercer Award was presented to Alan and Marilyn at Northwestern University in Chicago.
June 12, 2013 – Alan and Marilyn were presented with the Women in Film Crystal Award in Beverly Hills.
February 10, 2013 – Alan performed with Ann Hampton Callaway at Disney Hall
January 27, 2013 – New West Symphony honored Alan and Marilyn with a Visions of America gala celebration.
November 14, 2012 Alan perfomed at Vibrato. Click here for a review of the evening.
June 21 & 22, 2012 – Alan and Marilyn appear on the Tavis Smiley Show on PBS, sharing their stories of their 50 plus years together. (Repeated August 1 & 2, 2012) This is a two part series – Click here to view
February 19, 2011 – Alan Bergman to performed at The West Coast Jazz Festival in Newport Beach, CA .
May 19, 2010 – Boston Pops Orchestra premieres Bergman song “We The People” with Patti Austin.
Keith Lockhart, the Boston Pops will be joined by the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, and special guests—actors Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, and Ed Harris and actress Cherry Jones—for the world premiere performance of The Dream Lives On: A Portrait of the Kennedy Brothers—the centerpiece of the Boston Pops’ 125th anniversary season celebration—on May 18, at 8 p.m. (repeated on May 19), at Symphony Hall in Boston, MA. The May 18th and 19th programs will also feature Arlo Guthrie singing “This Land is Your Land” and Brian Stokes Mitchell singing a new arrangement of one of his signature songs, “The Impossible Dream,” with chorus and orchestra.
Patti Austin joins the orchestra on May 19 & 20 for a song set that includes the world premiere of a powerful new song called “We the People,” written by Alan and Marilyn Bergman and Roger Kellaway. “We the People” is the theme song for “Visions of America -a Photo Symphony.”
March 27, 2010 – Alan and Marilyn Bergman joined their long time collaborator, Michel Legrand for an evening “Michel Legrand and Friends at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas”
March 19, 2010
Alan and Marilyn Bergman participate in the 1st video in Exploring the Art’s new Exploring the Arts with the Masters series which is now available on The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ Education website. ETA provides free arts education programming to teachers and students nationwide. The video features, Alan & Marilyn Bergman, along with Tony Bennett in conversation and performance with high school students and ASCAP’s Director of Musical Theatre, Michael Kerker, at Frank Sinatra School of the Arts. ETA is proud to offer students around the country the opportunity to learn from some of the greatest master artists of our time as they speak about their craft and tremendous contributions to The Great American Songbook. The video will remain available online in The Kennedy Center’s archived broadcasts for one year. To learn more about ETA’s new video series, click here.
March 15, 2010 – Up Close and Musicalwith Alan & Marilyn Bergman
The Actors Fund (The Fund is a safety net, providing programs and services for those who are in need, crisis or transition.) presented a very special Musical Monday. This benefit was held at the Pantages Theatre with special guests Maureen McGovern and Lari White. Musical direction by Bill Cantos for Alan Bergman and Lari White, and Michael Orland for Maureen McGovern..
March 7, 2010 – CBS Sunday Morning Show aired a piece on Alan and Marilyn with interviewer Nancy Giles.
February 2010 – Jack Jones announced he will be releasing an album of Alan and Marilyn Bergman songs. Check his website for an update. http://jackjones.lolipop.jp/
September 18, 2009 – Listen for their new song “Trust Me” – written with Marvin Hamlish in the movie The Informant starring Matt Damon.
September 9 – 19, 2009 – Jack Jones launches OAK ROOM’S 30TH ANNIVERSARY
with a Bergman Songfest at the Algonquin in New York.
November 3 , 2008 – “Nice ‘n’ Easy”: The Lyrics of Alan and Marilyn Bergman at The Paley Center for Media
December 16 , 2008 – Alan Bergman performed at Vibrato, Los Angeles.
August 20-24, 2008– Alan Bergman performed at Catalina Bar and Grill, Los Angeles.
Michael Feinstein celebrated the 50 year collaboration of the Oscar, Grammy and Golden Globe winning lyricists Alan and Marilyn Bergman. The show will featured Alan Bergman as special guest vocalist, in addition to nightly guest stars. Feinstein performed Bergman standards like “The Windmills of Your Mind,” “How Do You Keep the Music Playing” and “Where Do You Start?,” in addition to rarely heard songs from their catalog. Musical director Alan Broadbent led an all-star quintet.
May 21, 2008 “An Evening Celebrating Alan and Marilyn Bergman” at the Paley Center for Media, New York City.
May 8-17, 2008– Alan Bergman performed with Michael Feinstein featuring special surprise guests!
Feinstein’s at Loews Regency, New York City.
October 30, 2007- Alan and Marilyn Q&A with ASCAP’s Michael Kerker at Northwestern University in Chicago
October 2007 – Alan Bergman performed in Ireland with the RTE Orchestra and Big Band with Musical Direction by Brian Byrne.
Alan Bergman performs their original song “Just Getting Started” with music by Dave Grusin at the end of the Carl Reiner documentary film “If You’re Not In The Obit, Eat Breakfast” for more information click here.
Hearing Alan Bergman perform a program of his songs Tuesday night at Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc. was like hearing Johnny Mercer sing “One For My Baby” or Antonio Carlos Jobim do “Aguas de Marzo.” I say “his” songs inclusively, since they really were songs with lyrics written by Alan and Marilyn Bergman, with music by the likes of Michel Legrand, Johnny Mandel, Dave Grusin and others.
When one considers what that list of songs includes – “The Windmills of Your Mind,” “What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?” “How Do You Keep the Music Playing?” and “The Way We Were” and more – there was enough hit power in the program to make for an intriguing performance on that basis alone.
But that wasn’t what this evening was about. The real center of attention was the slender, smiling figure of 85 year old Bergman, perched on a stool, singing with the sole backing of pianist Bill Cantos and bassist Trey Henry. His singing, his way with a song, his utterly convincing ability to tell a story, were enough to mesmerize his listeners. Add to that the extraordinary lyrics by the Bergmans, combined with the soaring melodies by their world class composer partners, and the result was that too-rare experience, a musical evening to remember.
Every song, in its own way, was a highlight. But there were pieces that had additionally captivating moments: the jaunty swing (perfectly enhanced by Cantos and Henry) of “Nice ‘n’ Easy” and “It Might Be You”; the less familiar, but no less engaging “The Trouble With Hello Is Goodbye” and “What Matters Most,” both written with Grusin; a whimsical break in the Bergman part of the program for Cantos to sing “Everybody’s On the Phone” – his version, not the Jimmy Buffett tune. As well as the most touching moment – Bergman’s tender rendition of his “That Face,” originally written in the late ‘50s as a gift to his then soon to be wife – topped off with a gentle smile in the direction of Marilyn Bergman, seated in the audience.
As I said, a memorable evening. Bergman recorded most of these songs with full orchestra in the 2007 album, Lyrically Alan Bergman, his debut as a singer. It’s a CD that should be owned by anyone with a love for American song.
But as the Tuesday night performance concluded, I found myself wishing for a Bergman recording of the same songs, perhaps via a DVD video, with just a rhythm section, preferably Cantos and Henry with a sensitive drummer – say Peter Erskine. Why? Because the musical airiness of the sound, the intimacy of the setting and the spontaneous empathy between singer and players brought these remarkable songs alive in way that warrants re-hearing and re-seeing.
Sinatra, Streisand, Rosemary Clooney and Tony Bennett — even Fred Astaire — have all recorded their songs: The husband-and-wife team of Marilyn and Alan Bergman has been writing irresistible tunes together for 50 years.
Their songs include “Nice & Easy,” “In the Heat of the Night” (recorded by Ray Charles), “That Face,” “You Must Believe in Spring,” “The Way We Were” and “What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?”; they’ve written the lyrics for music featured in films as diverse as Tootsie and the original Thomas Crown Affair.
Alan Bergman has recorded an album of their songs with the Berlin Radio Orchestra; it’s called Lyrically.
Before there were singer-songwriters, there were songwriters – those who wrote, not for their own voices, but for films, television and non-songwriting singers. Think of the Gershwins, Cole Porter, Jerome Kern, Duke Ellington, Stephen Sondheim.
Alan and Marilyn Bergman surely would be too modest to put themselves in such exalted company, but their lyrics – written with composers such as Michel Legrand, Johnny Mandel and Dave Grusin – have brilliantly perpetuated songwriting as the creative craft it was in the era of the Great American Songbook.
Occasionally, as Alan Bergman did Tuesday at Vibrato in Bel-Air in an appearance celebrating the release of his CD “Lyrically, Alan Bergman,” he steps out of the private world of songwriting for a rare performance as a singer-songwriter.
The result was an insightful look at the inner workings of two very creative people – “When we hear a melody,” said Bergman, “we feel that the words are on the tips of the notes, and we have to find them” – as well as a chance to hear illuminating renderings of very familiar songs.
With the superb accompaniment of pianist Bill Cantos and bassist Trey Henry, Bergman started with a toughie – a song with lyrics that are difficult for the most practiced singers: “The Windmills of Your Mind.” Like most “list” songs, it’s often delivered as a jumble of words, with little attention to detail. In Bergman’s reading, every phrase, every touching metaphor, came grippingly to life.
Up next, the far more lightweight “Nice ‘n’ Easy” (“How can you go wrong with a song for Frank Sinatra,” said Bergman), offered via an interpretation that found the song’s jaunty rhythms as well as its inner tenderness. Other hits followed — the Barbra Streisand classic, “The Summer Knows,” “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers,” “The Way We Were,’ “On My Way To You.”
But the high points of the evening were a pair of songs juxtaposing the polarities of love through lyrics exquisitely capturing the differences between beginnings and endings: “What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?” and “How Do You Keep the Music Playing?” (both written with the Bergmans’ most creatively empathic collaborator, Legrand).
Each was sung softly, with little dramatic emphasis, with enough space to allow the words to make their own effect. As they concluded, the usually noisy room was held in breathtaking silence, as Bergman, the songwriter, became the most convincing of singer-songwriters.
The highly decorated lyricist Alan Bergman, (who with his partner and wife Marilyn have won more Oscars and Grammy’s that I want to sit around and count) has just released his first album Lyrically, Alan Bergman (Verve). In celebration he did a show Tuesday night at Joe’s Pub accompanied by the virtuoso piano and bass duo, Mike Renzi and Dave Finck.
Take the way he starts “Windmills Of Your Mind,” without a full line but just a single word – “Round” – that he makes into a statement all by itself. Mr. Bergman was so completely convincing that I found myself shaking my head and wondering if my mind really does have windmills in it. He may not have chops enough to make all the notes but he leaves nothing unsung.
There is no underestimating the value of a lowered voice. To hear Alan Bergman murmur lyrics that Barbra Streisand, Tony Bennett and Neil Diamond have passionately declaimed is to rediscover movie songs divested of red-carpet glitter and dressed in street clothes. Ms. Streisand’s high-strung renditions of “The Way We Were,” “How Do You Keep the Music Playing?,” “You Donπt Bring Me Flowers” and “What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?” may be the definitive, weepy, show-stopping interpretations. But as Mr. Bergman, who wrote those songs’ lyrics with his wife, Marilyn, shows in his quiet, ruminative readings, emotional balance and wisdom lurk below the Sturm und Drang.
Of the album’s 13 songs, most are romantic ballads (“scattered pictures of the smiles we left behind” to quote “The Way We Were”) delivered in a spirit of wistfulness and gratitude. Crooned slowly in a conversational talk-sing voice, with perfect enunciation, and surrounded by sighing gossamer strings, his singing is honest, dignified and entirely devoid of affect. Greeting-card locutions like “the summer smoothes the restless sky” (in “The Summer Knows”) and “north and south and east and west of your life” (in “What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?”) sound as natural as fleeting images in a sleepy reverie. Mr. Bergman’s natural style suggests a merger of two of his idols, Johnny Mercer and Fred Astaire. You can’t find better role models than that. [READ ALBUM REVIEWS]
Lyrically is a selection of Alan & Marilyn Bergman’s most popular songs sung by Alan Bergman with the Berlin Big Band and Radio Orchestra. The album was released on May 8, 2007 on Verve Records.
Alan Bergman has always been a “closet crooner” according to composer, Dave Grusin. He found his public voice late in life and began singing for charity events which led to performances at clubs such as The Russian Tea Room (NY), The Jazz Bakery (LA), The Oakroom at The Algonquin Hotel (NY), Feinstein’s at The Regency (NY).
“He is a gifted vocalist… reminiscent of Sinatra.” — Marvin Hamlisch
“(Alan) brings intelligence, sensitivity and innate musicality to his singing… I am a big fan!” — Michel Legrand
“Like Sinatra, Alan can turn a 32 bar song into a 3 Act Play.” — Quincy Jones
Barbra Streisand has chosen Alan’s version of “Love Like Ours” as one of her favorite recordings to listen to.
Lyrically is “a musical experience you wonπt want to miss.” — Michael Bruning.
Alan and Marilyn Bergman have written lyrics to an Ennio Morricone song (theme from “Once Upon A Time In America”). The song titled “I Knew I Loved You” – performed by Celine Dion – had its premier during the Academy Awards. Celine’s recording of this song is the first track on a new CD entitled “We All Love Ennio Morricone” available for purchase through Amazon.com.