This year's 124th Kay Swift birthday celebration took place on April 19th, with the Kaufman Music Center Broadway Close Up Lecture-Concert from Merkin Hall.  Information about the event here. 

The Kay Swift Trust is delighted by the development of DUET FOR THREE, David Caudle's play (with Kay Swift's music) about the love triangle of Kay Swift, James Warburg, and George Gershwin (inspired by Katharine Weber's book The Memory Of All That). The play has had a number of readings along the way to the successful workshop production at Amas Musical Theater, which culminated with three public performances in November, 2019.

The next steps in development of DUET FOR THREE have not taken place as expected, owing to the pandemic.  We look forward to being able to share more information.


The Paris-based Esaie Cid Jazz Quintet has recorded two CDs of Kay Swift music, featuring a mix of standards, obscure, and unpublished songs written by Kay Swift over many decades.

Volume One of their Kay Swift Songbook is available for purchase and download:

Volume One

Volume Two will be released in May 2021

We are disappointed by the recent novel "about" Kay Swift and her romance with George Gershwin. There is almost no page in the book without absurd errors, inauthentic representations, ignorant cultural, political, and musical references, or offensive characterizations. There are numerous representations that we consider to be anti-Semitic, whether knowingly or ignorantly. For a book attempting to portray the romance between two celebrated musicians, the writing is both inept and tone-deaf. Lyrics by James Paul Warburg/Paul James have been quoted without legal permission or necessary copyright identification in front matter.

Readers who want to know about Kay Swift's life and music are encouraged to read The Memory Of All That by Katharine Weber and Fine and Dandy: The Life and Work of Kay Swift by Vicki Ohl. Other knowledgeable books with a true feeling for George Gershwin's relationship with Kay Swift are The George Gershwin Reader edited by Wyatt and Johnson, George Gershwin: His Life and Work by Howard Pollack, and George Gershwin: An Intimate Portrait by Walter Rimler.  For those interested in reading more about the Warburg family, the definitive (if not entirely accurate or complete) book is The Warburgs by Ron Chernow.

The Kay Swift Trust will soon have information about the publication of the Kay Swift Concert Series. Stay tuned!

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