My spontaneous street jam with Bernard Davey was a soul-affirming, enriching experience which summed up everything I love about street culture. The streets are full of wonderful surprises and stories. I hope Bernard’s amazing improvised version of ‘Summertime’ helps people to remember not to judge people they see on the streets according to their appearances, but to always look below the surface appearance and find the person underneath.

~ Jonathan Walker

Summertime is an aria composed in 1934 by George Gershwin for the opera Porgy and Bess. It is one of the most covered songs in the history of recorded music. My favourite cover is the one by Miles Davis from his 1958 album Porgy and Bess.

 
Summertime and the livin’ is easy
Fish are jumpin’ and the cotton is high
Your daddy’s rich and your ma is good lookin’
So hush, little baby, baby, don’t you cry

One of these mornin’s, you’re gonna rise up singin’
Then you’ll spread your wings and you’ll take to the sky
But ’til that mornin’, there is nothin’ can harm you
Yes with Daddy and Mammy standing by
Summertime and the livin’ is easy

Fish are jumpin’ and the cotton is high
Oh your daddy’s rich and your ma is good lookin’
So hush, little baby, baby, don’t you cry
Oh dont you cry…

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