Easy to love

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“Easy to Love,” one of Cole Porter’s best-known songs, is also the ti­tle of jazz pi­anist and singer Bill Har­ris’s tribute to the Amer­i­can song­writer, which goes on the stage at 291 Gay St. at 8 p.m. one week from Saturday, Oct. 21, at the Lit­tle Washington Theatre. There’s a rea­son for the ti­tle.

It’s be­cause the warm feel­ings to­ward Cole Porter’s mu­sic and lyrics start with Har­ris him­self, the well-known jazz pi­anist, lo­cal fa­vorite and long­time Rap­pa­han­nock res­i­dent. Har­ris be­gan singing late in his ca­reer, and nowa­days is de­vot­ing his tal­ented hands and strik­ingly flex­i­ble bari­tone to the mu­sic of the early-20th-cen­tury com­posers who com­prise the Great Amer­i­can Song­book. For Har­ris, the com­poser of “You’re the Top” is at the top of that list.

If you can make it to “Easy to Love: The ge­nius of Cole Porter’s mu­sic and lyrics,” you’ll be re­minded not only of Porter’s in­ge­nious way with both words and mu­sic, but you’ll also discover why Har­ris is glad he started singing — some­thing he started do­ing at the Lit­tle Washington Theatre a few years back for what were oth­er­wise jazz piano con­certs. And after hear­ing so much pos­i­tive feed­back, he started build­ing a whole new reper­toire.

Har­ris is listed in Wash­ing­to­nian’s “Best of Jazz in D.C.” and won the Hen­nessy Cognac Best of D.C. Jazz Com­pe­ti­tion. His many per­for­mance venues in­clude Blues Al­ley, the Smith­so­nian, the Jazz Bak­ery in Los Angeles, Snug Har­bor in New Or­leans and nu­mer­ous jazz fes­ti­vals.

For tick­ets to the Oct. 21 con­cert ($25, $10 ages 17 and younger), visit lit­tle­wash­ing­tonthe­atre.com, email info@ lit­tle­wash­ing­tonthe­atre.com or call 540-675-1253.

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