Jumpin' With Johnny

A concert of Johnny Mercer's music featuring piano, vocals and bass violin

Savannah native Johnny Mercer led our country through the jazz era as the greatest composer of lyrics America has ever produced. His music, which includes such timeless standards as “Moon River,” “Autumn Leaves,” and “Blues in the Night,” is celebrated by a trio of musicians featuring pianist David Duckworth, singer Kim Polote, and a bassist. The concert is ideal as after-dinner entertainment, but can also be used as background music during dinner or other social gatherings.

About Kim Polote

Native to Savannah as well, Kim Polote is a professional singer, motivational speaker, and entertainer. She and David have performed together for the MCI and PGA golf tournaments, the Media Research Group, and the Savannah Music Festival. Her live performances with David Duckworth have been nationally aired on the Emmy-winning “Great Hotels” show of the Travel Channel and Emmy-winning “Paula Deen’s Cooking” of the Food Network (click on text to view video excerpts). She has sung with Harry Connick, Jr. and his orchestra. Her awards include the Gold Medal of the American Traditions Competition. She recently released her own CD of Johnny Mercer’s music.

The Presentation

Kim sings using a cordless microphone, to allow maximum interaction with the guests during the performance. David sings some back-up vocals and plays a keyboard with a grand piano sound. If a well-tuned baby grand is available, David will play the grand piano and place a microphone in the piano. An acoustic bass player adds to the piano accompaniment.

When performing for an engagement, Kim and David use their own sound equipment, which includes a portable 300 Watt PA system capable of accommodating a room of up to 300 people. The speakers are two-way 10-inch speakers, mounted on stands from 4 to 10 feet high, and produce a high fidelity sound.

Listen to samples on the Media page or click here to contact David about booking this option.

© 2017 David Duckworth Photography by Chris McLaughlin