Going through the Rifftides archive to see what we did on Valentine’s Days back to 2005, I discovered that links to several versions of “My Funny Valentine” have been taken down for copyright reasons. So far, the Jim Hall-Bob Brookmeyer version from the 1979 North Sea Jazz Festival has survived. This is from a period when valve trombonist Brookmeyer and guitaritst Hall often toured in the US and abroad and almost always included a version of Rogers and Hart’s masterpiece.
In case you have forgotten Lorenz Hart’s lyric, here it is sung by Chet Baker in Tokyo in 1987, reprising the song that helped make him famous as a trumpeter, then as a singer.
Happy Valentine’s Day 2017.