Who & what
We're eleven men from all over the world with one passion: we love the song Summertime, the famous first area of the opera Porgy & Bess as sung by Clara and composed by George Gershwin. The Summertime Connection exists since 1999 and started with only two members, Arjan and David. After a year they had about 1,000 recordings when they met Hans trough the then very popular Napster. Hans had about 400 new recordings and so they teamed up. In consecutive order the club grew with Bruno, Johannes, Stelios, Henry, Joost, Frank, Rainer and Dmitry. Our nationalities are rather diverse: Austria, Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Russia and the USA. But it's like the story of the ten little niggers, nowadays only four of us remain. Our aim is simple: we want to have as many recordings of Summertime as possible. That means we search the Internet, we ask artists or collectors for their recordings, a.s.o. At the end of February 2008 we passed the 10,000 frontier and half December 2011 we got our 30,000th. We want to thank all of those who have helped us to obtain this result. We maintain a very extensive database with as much data about Summertime-performances as possible, but not only that but also about 10.000 records about songs published with the title Summertime, but not written by Gershwin. A long tradition of collecting recordings of Summertime exist. Already in 1994 Paul Groenendijk and Jimmy Tigges published their Dutch book: Summertime: moed gevraagd bij de 834ste versie (Summertime: asked for courage with the 834th version). The Summertime Connection has taken this work as its basis, but has now widened it to unknown dimensions.
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