Along with the jazz pianist Andreas Weise, George Frederick Takis performs over an entire evening a program of songs by Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Jerome Kern and Cole Porter. The repertoire extends from the wistful “Begin The Beguine” to the buoyant "I Got Rhythm,” amuses with “Let's Do It,” then entices with “Embraceable You.”

The American tenor has these songs in his blood. The review of a performance of “The Rhythmantics” in Berlin’s Kleines Theater observed: “With easy-going charm he strews the winking sentimentality of Gershwin and Cole Porter throughout the theater, enchants with night-bar melancholy and Hollywood sunrises.” Andreas Weise supports the familiar melodies with rhythmic drive and deft harmonies.

Songs such as “Cheek To Cheek" or “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes” diffuse an ambience of ballroom and cocktail bar, put their listeners into a tender and nestling mood. “The Rhythmantics” deliver with bravura the atmosphere promised by their name – flirting to foxtrots, syncopation for cuddling. As the song says: “Who could ask for anything more?”


Burt Bacharach
I’ll Never Fall In Love Again
Irving Berlin
Cheek To Cheek
Puttin’ On The Ritz
Top Hat, White Tie And Tails
White Christmas
Leonard Bernstein
Nacio Herb Brown
Singing In The Rain
Hoagy Carmichael
Star Dust
George Gershwin
A Foggy Day
Embraceable You
Fascinating Rhythm
I Got Rhythm
Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off
Of Thee I Sing
Oh, Lady Be Good
S’ Wonderful
They Can’t Take That Away From Me
John Kander
Money Makes The World Go Round
Jerome Kern
A Fine Romance
I Won’t Dance
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
The Way You Look Tonight
Alan Jay Lerner
On The Street Where You Live
Jimmy McHugh
Diga Diga Doo
Spreadin’ Rhythm Around
Cole Porter
Anything Goes
Begin The Beguine
I Get A Kick Out Of You
In The Still Of The Night
It’s DeLovely
Let’s Do It
Night And Day
True Love
Richard Rodgers
Younger Than Springtime
Fats Waller
Ain’t Misbehavin’
Harry Warren
About A Quarter To Nine
Lullaby Of Broadway
The Gold Diggers’ Song
You’re Getting To Be A Habit With Me