Poinciana is a Tree and Song to music by …

Poinciana (song)

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Poinciana” is a Song to music by Nat Simon and lyrics by Buddy Bernier written in 1936.

The tune is based on a Cuban folk tune “La canción del árbol” (“The song of the tree”).

The Poinciana tree itself, delonix regia, is a tree introduced to Cuba from Madagascar. [1]

Glenn Miller performed it in the late 1930s with his civilian band and then again in 1943 using lush strings with his Army Air Force Band.

Benny Carter and Bing Crosby both issued versions in 1944.   [2]

It was widely popularised in the 1952 film  Dreamboat and subsequently became a standard covered by artists including Johnny Mathis, Nat King Cole, Vic Damone, Keith Jarrett, Percy Faith, Diane Schuur, The Four Freshmen, The Manhattan Transfer, Vulfpeck, and Ahmad Jamal, and which featured again in the 1995 film  The Bridges of Madison County.

In 1978,  Disco Duo Paradise Express recorded a version which made the Top 20 on the disco charts. [3] 

My comment and other references about POINCIANA

Helping to update the information I’ve just taken from Wikipedia – The Free Encyclopedia.

There is a good version played by Paquito D’Rivera and Chano Dominguez  sided by a Cuban-Spanish Rhythm Session  recorded Live at  the El Teatro Real de Madrid on April … 2006  which I have on video, courtesy of The Havana – New Jersey Paqman

Paquito D’Rivera (saxophones and clarinet),  Chano Domínguez (piano)
Miguel “Angá” Díaz (percussion),  Marc Miralta (drums),  Mario Rossy  (double bass)
Israel Suárez “Piraña” (flamenco percussion)

Through D’Rivera’s presentation,  I could learn more about the Song and also about pianist  AHMAD JAMAL who was the first  JAZZ PLAYER to sell a million copies with his rendition of  POINCIANA.

This afternoon, listening to another  version of POINCIANA by  a New Orleans pianist named JOHN AUTIN in his album PIANO TOWN,  I could recognize the Song while driving, and as soon as I arrived home wanted to search about its origins and share  this porting with you.

Another good version, was recorded by Bebop Pianist MIKE LONGO in his album STEP ON IT (CAP, 2015) with his TRIO featuring bassist  BOB CRANSHAW and drummer LEWIS NASH.

Mr. Longo’s  version contributed that our radio show reached 101 Hits last Sunday February 26, 2017.

I will continue listening to New Orleans pianist JOHN AUTIN – he can become a new discovery for a new radio show in forthcoming weeks.   His album PIANO TOWN is an Indie Jazz Production, probably with a lot of efforts and the little help of some of his Friends like drummer Herlin Riley,  bassist Roland Guerin, and arrangers like Eric Alexander.

There are other 9 Guests Instrumentalists,  and a background vocals mass choir on the opening track Piano Town.

Piano Town was produced by singer, background vocalist and recording engineer        CINDY SCOTTpoinciana-la-cancion-del-arbol

For more about all these great artists on JOHN AUTIN ‘s Piano Town,  visit them online thru http://www.rabadash.com  

Congrats all !!!!!

Toni Basanta

DJ Host of The Cuban Bridge on the radio and on television









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