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February 19, 2014

 

Photo of LP cover for Matt Dennis Plays and Sings Matt Dennis.

Angel Eyes: The Matt Dennis Songbook

A centennial celebration of the composer who gave us "Everything Happens To Me," "Violets For Your Furs," and other songs that ranged from wistful to winsome.

February 17, 2014

 

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Afterglow Plays The Modern Pop-Rock Songbook

Updating the repertoire of popular song, from Prince to the Replacements.

December 13, 2013

 

rene marie's tribute to eartha kitt

What’s New: November 2013

Rene Marie pays tribute to Eartha Kitt, Houston Person revisits some sides associated with Louis Armstrong, and more.

November 26, 2013

 

cover image of Frank Sinatra's She Shot Me Down LP

The Last Saloon: Frank Sinatra’s She Shot Me Down

In 1981 Frank Sinatra called on the talents of several longtime collaborators and friends to produce what some consider to be the singer's final masterpiece.

November 11, 2013

 

Singer Johnny Desmond and saxophonist Tex Beneke on the cover of a February 1946 issue of DownBeat Magazine.

A Soldier And A Song: Johnny Desmond In The 1940s

Known as "the GI Sinatra," Johnny Desmond won a wide following in the World War II years as the singer for Glenn Miller's military orchestra.

October 28, 2013

 

Sheet music for the song

Dedicated To You

Popular song, more often than not, is about love—love won, love lost, love in doubt. This week we feature songs about the fulfillment of longed-for love.

October 23, 2013

 

Al Cobine standing with saxophone in front of vintage car

Can’t Get Indiana Off My Mind: the Al Cobine Story

Johnny Mathis, David Baker, Marian Cobine and others join this tribute to the life and music of Indiana jazz legend Al Cobine.

October 16, 2013

 

Tierney Sutton's Joni Mitchell tribute After Blue

What’s New: September 2013

Singer Gregory Porter's debut on Blue Note Records, tributes to the music of Joni Mitchell and Miles Davis, and more.

September 17, 2013

 

Ringo Starr standards album

The Beatles Sing The Standards

George Harrison sings Hoagy Carmichael, Paul McCartney performs Irving Berlin, Ringo Starr taps the Johnny Mercer songbook, and more.

September 13, 2013

 

Dorsey Pied Pipers

The Big Bands’ Vocal Groups

At the height of the swing era many big bands included small singing ensembles in their performances and recordings.

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