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September 9, 2016



Dick Haymes: Sinatra’s Shadow

Wartime balladier Dick Haymes had a career that strangely followed in the footsteps of Frank Sinatra’s.

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Pianist Jimmy Rowles was a trusted accompanist who worked nearly every big star in jazz, including Billie Holiday, Mel Tormé, and Sarah Vaughan.

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We look at the standards of Stephen Sondheim and Leonard Bernstein, like "New York, New York," "Lonely Town," "I Feel Pretty," and "Send In The Clowns."

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A look at the 55-year career of songwriter, producer, performer, and ambassador to New Orleans music Allen Toussaint.

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The Elgins, Brenda Holloway, Eddie Holland, and other also-rans from Hitsville, U.S.A. will be highlighted.

June 24, 2016


Gregory Porter - Take Me To The Alley

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A roundup of recent releases in vocal jazz and traditional pop, including new albums by Gregory Porter, Esperanza Spalding, and Willie Nelson.

June 3, 2016



Tributes to Nat King Cole

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